About Our Grant Programs
Our grant programs are for WNY VETERAN RESIDENTS. WNY is defined as anyone legally residing in any of the surrounding 12 counties. We have many veterans/ families who are referred to us through the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Vet Center, Veterans Court, VFW, Veterans Homeless Center and Veteran’s Service Offices in ALL counties. WNYHeroes strives and takes great pride in making sure that our heroes are taken care of. All checks are written to the landlord, utility company, mortgage company and not to exceed the value of each program. The grants are renewable once every three years. These programs are NOT an entitlement program. You MUST be a WNY resident for a minimum of one year.
The financial assistance goes to help veterans/ families with rent, mortgage, utilities, food, holiday meals etc. WNYHeroes will not provide a grant for anything that is not a necessity i.e. parking tickets, internet, or cell phones. We also have our annual Adopt-A-Hero’s Family program during the holidays, and Operation Backpack at the start of each school year.
Heroes Bridge – Provides help with mortgage, rent and/or utilities. Requests for assistance are screened and available once every three years per applicant. The awarded amount is sent directly to those owed the funds.
Pawsitive for Heroes – Veterans with a documented, combat related disability of post traumatic stress, anxiety, or hyper vigilance may be eligible to enter this program that provides training involving the veteran and their qualifying dog. In the event that the Veteran needs a dog, one may be paired up with the Veteran based on disposition.
William E. Kramp Scholarship – Applicant must be a Veteran or immediate family member of a veteran. Scholarships are for up to $1,500 per award. There are a maximum of 10 awards given each year, one award per student, per year.
Adopt-A-Hero – Provides food, clothing, and other gifts to our Veteran families during the holidays. Veterans who apply for this assistance can take part in this program for a maximum of three years.
Operation Backpack– Provides children of Veterans or those still serving with backpacks filled with essential school supplies necessary to be successful in school.
Little Heroes – Children of service personnel and Veterans may qualify for up to $250 in assistance to participate in extracurricular activities, including summer camp for children who have a lost a parent in recent wars.
Operation Automotive – Donated vehicles or currently owned vehicles, are repaired or refurbished and given to a qualifying Veteran at no charge.
Operation B.O.O.T.S. – Battle Buddies On Our Troops’ Side brings Veterans and their families together in casual, non-clinical, safe, and welcoming settings that foster teamwork, networking, and friendship. A separate women’s group is also now available.
A committee made up of Veterans with nearly 50 years of combine military experience will review all requests for assistance, and may also require a home visit.