Last Updated on August 7, 2022 by Danielle McDonald
Over 300,000 veterans live in the state of Kentucky. Like many other veterans around the country, there may be times when they are facing financial difficulties. Due to rising living costs, it is becoming more difficult for people to pay their bills. Wages are not always keeping up with inflation. Fortunately, there are many grants that the government funds for veterans in Kentucky. These grants can help people get by until they can return to their feet.
Grants are not required to be repaid like loans. Many grant programs have been created by the government to provide assistance that can be considered gifts for those who are in need. These grants are made available to those in need during financially difficult times to aid them until they become self-sufficient again. Although most of the grants for veterans in Kentucky are temporary, they provide financial assistance to pay for food, rent, utilities, and other expenses.
Grants offered for veterans in Kentucky
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
This grant is for veterans living in Kentucky that helps them purchase food every month, formerly known as food stamps. Those who have been approved for SNAP will be eligible to receive a monthly grant which can be used for groceries at the farmer’s market or store. You must be a citizen or a legal immigrant, have less than $2,000 cash assets, register for work if you are between the ages of 18 and 59, and meet the low income requirements to qualify. You can submit your application for SNAP online or apply over the phone. After applying, you will be notified within 30 working days whether your application has been accepted. To apply, click the link above.
SNAP is one of the available grants for veterans in Louisiana.
Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (KTAP)
The program is identical to the national Temporary Assistance for the Needy Families (TANF). KATP grants those who are eligible a monthly cash assistance which can be used for a variety of living expenses. However, the grant is only available for a maximum of 60 months. In order to qualify for the program, you must be a resident of the state, have responsibility for minor children under 18 (or 19, if they are in school full-time), be a citizen or a legal immigrant, and have a very low income. You may apply at your local Community Based Services Office. Click the link above to download and submit an application.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Kentucky offers energy grants to veterans, and these grants can be used to pay heating bills once per season. The program helps pay energy bills for approximately 150,000 state residents each year. In order to be eligible for the program, you must meet the low income requirements, have no liquid assets exceeding $2,000, and be responsible for paying the bill. You will need to provide your recent utility bill, proof of income, your social security number, proof of your citizenship, and proof of your address. To apply, click the link above.
LIHEAP is also one of the available grants for veterans in Kansas.
Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Because it is the largest bill, housing is often the most difficult to pay each month. The HUD programs may be available to veterans who require assistance in finding affordable housing options or paying rent. They can help people who are eligible to pay their rent, avoid foreclosure, get necessary home repairs, and find affordable housing. They can help you find public housing in your immediate location. For veterans interested in applying for HUD should call a Kentucky counselor, who will discuss your current situation and options with you. Click the link above to apply.
Even if you only need it for emergency situations, having a phone is essential. However, a phone is expensive and many veterans might not want one in order to save money. The good news is Kentucky offers a program that makes it more affordable to have a phone. Veterans who qualify for the Lifeline Assistance are only required to pay $9.25 for their phone and the remainder will be covered by a grant from the government. You must meet the low income requirements to be eligible. Click the link above to apply.
The state of Kentucky has grants programs that are available to assist veterans. These programs offer a safety net that helps veterans make ends meet every month until they are able to become self-sufficient.