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.
Click here to download AEF Disaster Grant Application | Click here to apply online
An Auxiliary Emergency Fund grant may provide immediate emergency assistance to American Legion Auxiliary members in areas devastated by a natural disaster, such as fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, or other severe weather. The applicant must have received damage to the primary residence and/or been displaced or evacuated from the residence and had out-of-pocket expenses for food, clothing, and shelter. Grants may be awarded up to $2,400.
Click here to download AEF Temporary Assistance Grant Application
An Auxiliary Emergency Fund grant may provide temporary assistance to eligible members during a time of financial crisis when no other source of aid is readily available to pay for shelter, food, and utilities. Grants may be awarded up to $2,400 with the intent is to help members who have suffered a financial setback and offer a helping hand until financial stability is reestablished. Assistance will not be granted to pay medical expenses or credit card debt.
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