The Rhode Island Military Relief Fund was estab-lished by a bill sponsored by former Lieutenant Governor Charles Fogarty. The bill was signed by the Governor of Rhode Island on July 2, 2004 to assist Rhode Island National Guard or Reserve Component members and their families in times of crisis that can reasonably be expected to be remedied with a one-time grant that is either financial or casualty based. The fund was recently changed to also include Active Duty components.
The Rhode Island Military Relief Fund is not a State Agency or Federal entity. The Military Family Relief Fund Board of Directors sets policy and has the responsibility to oversee the operation of the program and act on all grant applications.
In 2013 the criteria changed due to the continuous changes in deployments and other considerations. As a result the requirement for the crisis to be caused by a deployment or mobilization has been eliminated.
Maximum amount for a one time financial or casualty grant is $5,000 per military/immediate family member.