FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

April 17, 2014  //  

 What is the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund?

  •  This program provides a way for people and private companies to make monetary donations to help those affected by disasters in Virginia. It serves as a fund of “last resort” if other state, federal and private aid is not available to assist victims of disasters.  Donations to the fund are accepted from individuals, companies, nonprofit organizations and faith-based groups.

How does the program work?

  • Proceeds of the fund will be distributed as grants to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations.
  • Groups can request assistance to help individual households recover. 

How can program grants be used?

Grants can be used for these types of projects:

  • Repair or rebuilding of uninsured/underinsured and uninhabitable owner occupied dwellings
  • Assistance with transportation need when a victim’s only vehicle was severely damaged or destroyed
  • Assistance in replacing essential household items, such as appliances and furnishings
  • Assistance for renters in establishing a new rental residence
  • Assistance with temporary living expenses while residence is being repaired or new rental residence identified;
  • Virginia Disaster Relief Fund funds are not for medical expenses.

Why is the program set up to work with organizations and not individuals?

  • Charitable groups and local governments identify specific needs by working with individuals and families and can then request grants to meet those needs. Individuals and families can approach their local emergency manager or charitable group to request assistance through this program.

Who is administering the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund?

  • The fund is managed by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

If You Want to Help …

  • Send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line. Send checks to Comptroller’s Office, P.O. Box 1971, Richmond, VA 23218-1971.
  • Donations are tax deductible.

If You Need Help …

Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund