Grants available for veterans financially hurt by COVID-19

Any veteran who has been financially hurt by COVID-19, now can apply for financial assistance. The Minnesota Legislature and Governor Walz have approved a one-time financial relief grant of $1,000 per veteran to counter the negative effects and economic impact COVID-19 has had on veterans and their families.

A total of $6.2 million has been set aside for this, and grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, limited to the length of existing funds.  

To qualify for the COVID-19 Special Needs Grant, applicants must be: A veteran or the surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a deceased veteran as defined by MN Statute 197.447, and a Minnesota resident, and have been negatively financially impacted by COVID-19.

For more information or to apply for one of these grants, veterans should visit or contact any of the St. Louis County Veterans Service Offices. Due to the current statewide stay-at-home order, veterans and families should call or email their County Veteran Service Officer before visiting an office in person.

Contact information for each office is: 

• Duluth: 218-725-5285

• Ely: 218-365-8203

• Hibbing: 218-262-6090

• Virginia: 218-749-7110

St. Louis County is home to more than 15,000 veterans. The Veterans Service Office acts as a liaison with various service organizations and other related agencies that assume an advocate role on behalf of veterans and their dependents.