The MOAA Foundation Crisis Relief Program

The MOAA Foundation Crisis Relief Program


Thank you for your interest in applying for a Crisis Relief grant from The MOAA Foundation. Please review the following information carefully, as it pertains to your eligibility and responsibilities for grant award consideration. 

Who is Eligible? 

The Crisis Relief Program offers financial assistance to those falling under one or more of the below categories experiencing a financial setback caused by an unexpected current crisis:

  • Currently serving (including National Guard and Reserve)
  • Spouses of currently serving
  • Veterans
  • Surviving spouses
  • Military and veteran caregivers 

The program is open to all ranks and U.S. uniformed services. 
Due to extremely limited funding, we will only accept applications from veterans, surviving spouses of veterans, and caregivers of veterans whose discharge is either Honorable or General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions. We cannot accept the following discharge statuses: 

  • Other Than Honorable (OTH) Discharge 
  • Bad Conduct Discharge 
  • Dishonorable Discharge


What We Will Help With 

Applicants experiencing a crisis by natural disaster deemed a national emergency by their local City or State and are experiencing extreme financial hardship as a result of this crisis. We welcome those experiencing any unique crisis situations so long as specific information is provided when applying. Due to extremely limited funding, we will only accept applications for unique crisis situations or FEMA-related disasters that have occurred within 90 days of the application date  

  • Housing (rent, mortgage, housing assistance, repairs, etc.) 
  • Auto loan/lease/car repair
  • Utilities (electric, water, heat, internet/cable, cell phone)
  • Credit card bills
  • Medical bills
  • Insurance bills
  • Groceries
  • Miscellaneous (must specify on application) 

*We will not assist with legal fees or child support payments.  

Ensure you have thoroughly read through these instructions and all points within the application. Failure to provide necessary information and complete responses in your application will result in your application being incomplete and it will not be considered. Applications must be submitted online to be processed -- mailed-in paper applications will not be considered. 

If awarded, grant funds are limited to one individual per household 

For auditing purposes, if you are awarded a grant, you MUST upload a copy or copies of any bills you have paid as a result of receiving grant funds from The MOAA Foundation’s Crisis Relief Program in the entirety of the grant you were given. This proof must include what was purchased/paid for, the date the item(s) were paid for, name of the applicant, the company in which the purchase or bill is for, and the amount paid (Ex: If you are awarded $500, we require proof that you used this $500 to pay for what you noted needing assistance within your application). This proof of use of funds must be uploaded or sent to The MOAA Foundation within 30 days of receiving grant funds. 

Note that processing and response times may vary depending on demand, but our team is working hard to process requests.  

Please email or call the MOAA Member Service Center at (800) 234-6622 if you feel uncomfortable about a request and would like to verify authenticity, or if you have any questions about the program.