Members helping members – that’s the American Legion Auxiliary’s mission of Service Not Self in action. Hard times can fall upon us at any moment. That’s when the American Legion Auxiliary is committed to help. The Auxiliary Emergency Fund (AEF) is a national grant assistance program that provides temporary emergency assistance to eligible members of the American Legion Auxiliary who have endured a significant financial setback as the result of an act of nature or other personal crisis.
Established in 1969, the AEF was created with a bequest from the estate of Auxiliary member Helen Colby Small of Burlington, Wisconsin. Five decades later, the AEF is still helping fellow Auxiliary members get back on their feet. In order to carry on the Auxiliary Emergency Fund, we need your generous support.
Emergency assistance grants may be awarded by the AEF Grant Committee on a case-by-case basis up to $2,400. Grant funds may be used only for shelter or utilities. AEF grants may not be used for medical expenses or debt such as that on credit cards.
To ensure the integrity of the program, the national AEF Grant Committee directs payments to a provider such as a mortgage or utility company. Educational grant payments are directed to the educational institution.
Members of the American Legion Auxiliary whose dues are current and who have maintained membership for three consecutive years (the current year and immediate past two years) are eligible to apply in the wake of a financial crisis. Temporary assistance may be considered when:
In the case of a natural disaster, an expedited application is available. The completed application can be submitted directly to ALA National Headquarters.
Members may request an application by contacting their unit or department headquarters and must submit their completed applications to an officer of the ALA unit to which the member belongs. The unit president, secretary, and investigator will complete the unit portion and forward the application to ALA National Headquarters. Applications are reviewed by the national AEF case manager. The national AEF Grant Committee, which consists of representatives from the headquarters of the American Legion Auxiliary and The American Legion, reviews each application and awards assistance according to case findings. The AEF maintains the confidentiality of all applicants. AEF applications, supporting documents, and case files are not disclosed or released to anyone outside of the AEF Grant Committee. Download Application for Assistance (doc) Download Expedited Application for Disaster Victims Seeking Temporary Shelter Assistance (pdf) Submit Online Application for Assistance
Since the Auxiliary Emergency Fund was established, more than $6 million has been awarded to more than 6,500 members. To continue providing this assistance, we need your generous support.
“I appreciate all your help and kindness. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.” – AEF Grant Recipient
Please donate today and know that you are helping make a better tomorrow for your fellow Auxiliary members.
American Legion Family members facing emergency situations, often caused by natural disasters, are eligible for immediate grant assistance. Here is an overview of options available to eligible American Legion Family members.
What it is: The National Emergency Fund (NEF) provides grants up to $3,000 for eligible American Legion and Sons of The American Legion members, and up to $10,000 for Legion posts affected by natural disasters such as hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes and wildfires.
Eligibility: Membership in the Legion or Sons must be active when the disaster strikes and when the application is filed.
What's covered: An NEF grant may be considered when the applicant:
• For those recovering from a natural disaster, the application can be found at https://www.legion.org/emergency/apply
• For more information, please visit www.legion.org/NEF
What it is: The American Legion Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) program awards cash grants up to $1,500 to current active duty servicemembers or American Legion members with minor children at home. These grants help families in need meet the cost of shelter, food, utilities and health expenses.
Eligibility: The child or children of an active-duty veteran or American Legion member must not be older than 17, or 20, if still enrolled in high school, or is physically handicapped. The minor child must be the biological child, stepchild, or in the legal custody of a qualifying veteran.
What's covered: Temporary assistance may be considered when:
• A complete investigation is conducted at the post or department level, a legitimate family need is determined, and all other available assistance resources have been utilized or exhausted.
• Additionally, the TFA application must originate and be filled out by someone at the local level.
• For those seeking Temporary Financial Assistance, the application can be found at https://www.legion.org/financialassistance/apply
• For more information, please visit https://www.legion.org/financialassistance