‘Support Our Troops’ License Plate Fund Awards Grants – Brainerd Dispatch


The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the recipients of the Support Our Troops competitive license plate fund grant program with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe on the list of six recipients.

The MDVA SOT Grant Program offers a competitive grant process, which allows organizations to apply for funding. These grants, ranging from $1,000 to $100,000, are focused on supporting and enhancing the lives of Veterans and their families.

The Leech Lake Ojibwe Band Homeless Veteran Financial Assistance Program is receiving a $93,767 grant to provide financial assistance to at least 50 eligible participants living on the Leech Lake Tribal Reservation.

The grant program provides:

  • Leech Lake Ojibwe Band: $93,767,
  • LegalCorps: $70,000,
  • American Heroes Away: $60,000,
  • Prairie Five Community Action Council Inc.: $80,000,
  • Mandatory outdoor entertainment: $30,000,
  • Minnesota and Iowa Conservation Corps: $75,000.

“Congratulations to our diverse group of grant recipients for their commitment to serving Minnesota veterans in a variety of ways,” MDVA Commissioner Larry Herke said in a press release. “I also thank the people of Minnesota who purchase SOT license plates. Without the support of the thousands of people who ‘take their support home’ every day, these grants would not be possible.
The LegalCorps “Ventures 4 Veterans” program receives a $70,000 grant to provide free transactional and patent law services to increase economic success for veterans throughout Minnesota. LegalCorps programs will include workshops, brief counseling clinics and full representation by LegalCorps pro bono attorneys.

American Heroes Outdoors’ “Support Our Troops” program receives a $60,000 grant to provide outdoor adventure and therapeutic activities for 200 Minnesota veterans.

The Prairie Five Community Action Council, Inc. Support Our Troops program receives an $80,000 grant to purchase a wheelchair-accessible van and provide transportation for Minnesota veterans in the five-county area of ​​Big Stone, Chippewa, Talking Lake, Swift and Yellow Medicine.

The Mandatory Fun Outdoors “Ice Castle” project is receiving a $30,000 grant to purchase a used recreational vehicle (“fish house”) that will serve as a mobile office, provide safe/secure storage space for transport and store equipment, and shelter for veterans and their families. attend MFO events.

Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa Veterans Service Corps Program Receives $75,000 Grant Providing a Service-Learning Experience That Will Support Up to 36 Minnesota Veterans and Their Spouses as They Transition Out of the military by helping them develop transferable labor skills that can lead to careers in natural resources.

About the SOT License Plate Program Deployments and military service can put a strain on families, finances and health. Purchasing a Support our Troops license plate helps Minnesota military members, veterans, and families in the following ways:

  • Grants under the Support Our Troops program,
  • Benefits from the CORE program, which provides family counseling, with specialist services available for children; financial advice, debt management and mental health advice,
  • Emergency Financial Aid,
  • Helping homeless veterans find shelter and access benefits,
  • Outreach to various communities across Minnesota, helping to provide veterans with access to earned benefits,
  • Community seminars on health issues associated with military service.

To purchase Support Our Troops plaques, visit a local DMV office.

To receive notification when the next round of grants opens or to learn more about applying for a Support Our Troops grant, visit the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs grants page.


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