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Support for VSOs

DVS is aware of the financial challenges facing local Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) due to COVID-19. In response, we have established a Microgrant Initiative to support New York City's hardest-hit VSO posts. DVS has also partnered with the Home Depot Foundation to distribute $100 gift cards to local VSOs.

Microgrant Initiative

Under the Microgrant Initiative, the Mayor's Fund will distribute one-time microgrants to eligible VSOs that have lost revenue due to an inability to rent their space during the pandemic. Microgrants will vary based on the number of approved applicants but are expected to be approximately $500 per organizational recipient.

Apply

To apply, please fill out the Veteran Service Organization Microgrant Initiative Eligibility Form. The form includes information on eligibility requirements and required documentation. VSOs that are co-located must submit one eligibility form.

Once completed, email your eligibility form and documentation to VSOSupport@veterans.nyc.gov. If you cannot send your form and documentation electronically, please mail to:

Att: Ellen Greeley
NYC Department of Veterans' Services
1 Centre Street
Suite 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10007

If you plan to mail the forms, send an email to VSOSupport@veterans.nyc.gov so we can expect your package before Wednesday, October 28th.

Deadline

Submissions will be accepted between Wednesday, September 16th, through Wednesday, October 28th (11:59 pm).

Home Depot Gift Cards

DVS has partnered with the Home Depot Foundation to distribute $100 gift cards to VSOs to help cover some expenses related to supplies required for safe social distancing, facility upkeep, or general operations.

Home Depot gift cards will be provided on a one-time basis for each eligible VSO by DVS. Gift cards will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis while the gift card supply remains available.

Apply

To apply for a Home Depot gift card, please fill out the Home Depot Gift Card Eligibility Form. The form includes information on eligibility requirements and required documentation.

Once completed, email your eligibility form and documentation to VSOSupport@veterans.nyc.gov. If you cannot send your form and documentation electronically, please mail to:

Att: Ellen Greeley
NYC Department of Veterans' Services
1 Centre Street
Suite 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10007

Deadline

Submissions will be accepted between Wednesday, September 16th (12:00 am) through Wednesday, October 28th (11:59 pm).

Please Note

Veteran Service Organizations deemed eligible for the Microgrant Initiative are ineligible to receive Home Depot gift cards.

For more information

If you have questions, please email us at VSOSupport@veterans.nyc.gov, or call 212 416-5250.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to the following partners for making these initiatives possible: Bob Woodruff Foundation, History Channel (A&E Networks), Home Depot Foundation, PenFed Foundation, Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, and the Richmond County Savings Foundation. We are grateful for their support.