Emergency Disaster Relief
When natural disasters strike, Coast Guard members are often first responders—leaving your own impacted homes and property to aid others. We assess member and family needs through our emergency disaster relief program and offer immediate grants so you can bounce back from hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and more.
Coast Guard members are eligible for a grant of up to $3,000 to cover personal loss and basic needs after a storm strikes. These needs include replacement and repair of household goods, food and necessities, insurance deductibles, temporary housing, and emergency travel.
We partner with the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association to deliver this disaster relief as quickly as possible. Once the Foundation has received concurrence from the Vice Commandant’s office that a natural or other disaster qualifies for emergency assistance you may complete the application online and the CPOA will review and respond to your application within five days of receipt. You may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (703) 941-0395 with any questions.
Our 2023 emergency disaster relief program is activated in response to the following natural disasters.
- Atmospheric storms in California
- Flooding in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- Typhoon Mawar in Guam
- Tornadoes in Mobile, Alabama-area
- Wildfires in Hawaii
- Hurricane Hilary in Southern California
- Hurricane Harold in Texas
- Hurricane Idalia
Grants for Spouses
For spouses of Coast Guard members, achieving higher education or professional licensing and certification boosts your family’s financial stability and brings personal fulfillment. The Coast Guard Foundation offers scholarships to spouses so that they have everything they need to provide for their family and strengthen their well-being.
The Coast Guard Foundation Spouse Grant program makes a difference in the lives of hundreds of Coast Guard families. Eligible Coast Guard spouses of enlisted Coast Guard members in ranks E-3 through E-8 studying at a nationally or regionally accredited institution or program may apply for a grant to support their college and professional training goals. Our program awards $500 grants to cover tuition, fees, supplies, and related education expenses.
Spouse Grant Open Application Season runs for six weeks in January and August. The first application period is January 15 - March 1, 2023. The second application period August 1-September 15. UPDATED: Deadline extended to December 1!
The Delta Dental Grant program provides $2,000 grants to 10 Coast Guard spouses of enlisted Coast Guard members in ranks E-3 through E-8 pursuing degrees in oral health, medical and nursing, and wellness professions. Through the generosity of Delta Dental these grants are offered annually in January and limited to one per calendar year.
Morale and Wellness
The Coast Guard Foundation prioritizes your morale and wellness so you can remain ready while at sea or stationed in remote areas. We provide exercise, sports, and recreation equipment to Coast Guard units, so you have the resources needed to remain physically ready for duty. We also partner with Coast Guard chaplains to offer suicide prevention, couples retreats, and resiliency training and events to help you manage the challenges of work and life.
For information on Coast Guard Foundation morale grants via the Shipmate List, contact your District MWR Manager.
- D1/Base Boston: Jennifer Young, (617) 223-3467
- D5/Base Portsmouth: Jeff Wapner, (757) 483-8671
- D7/Base Miami: Stephen Ondriezek, (305) 535-4564
- D8/Base New Orleans: CWO Robert Arseneaux, (504) 253-4795
- D9/Base Cleveland: CWO Megan Johnson, (216) 902-6282
- D11/Base Alameda: Laurie Capp-Carter, (510) 437-3579
- D13/Base Seattle: James Graddy, (206) 217-6357
- D14/Base Honolulu: Neil Morgan, (808) 842-2953
- D17/Base Kodiak: Richard Carmen, (907) 487-5390
For information on resiliency programs contact your local or district chaplain. Chaplains contact information: https://www.uscg.mil/Leadership/Senior-Leadership/Chaplain-of-the-Coast-Guard/Locations/
For additional information on morale and wellness support please contact our Program Manager, Sage Williams, at (860) 535-0786.
Scholarships for Children
For children of active-duty, retired, or active-reserve members, we offer scholarships that help them attend school and reduce student loan debt. Our goal is to allow them to focus on their studies and set them and your family up for a stronger future. For children of Coast Guard members who die in the line of duty, we offer scholarships that cover all the expenses of higher education. This investment gives families relief and honors their heroism.
If you are the child of an active-duty, retired, or active-reserve Coast Guard member, you are eligible to apply. For this year's scholarship cycle, successful applicants can expect awards ranging from $2,000 to $5,000.
Our scholarship season runs from February 1 to March 15. Our 2023 scholarship program is currently closed and is not accepting applications. All scholarship recipients have been notified for 2023. Email Sage Williams, Program Manager at email@example.com should you have a question about your application.
Coast Guard kids serve too. They go through a lot including frequent moves and missing their active-duty parent during duty days and deployments. We provide enrichment grants to Coast Guard kids so they can attend virtual and in-person camps and take part in online activities during summer and school breaks.
The Coast Guard Foundation launched a pilot program in 2019 in Hawaii to help Coast Guard kids attend camps and enrichment programs and invest in digital programs during summer breaks. We have expanded opportunities every year since then, to now offer grant opportunities to Coast Guard families throughout the entire country.
Education Grants for Members
The costs of higher education add up, especially factoring in books, equipment, and costs beyond tuition. As you know the G.I. Bill and tuition assistance do not cover all higher education costs. We offer scholarships so that enlisted members can earn their degrees.
The Coast Guard Foundation began offering education grants for enlisted Coast Guard members in 1999 to assist service members in making education more affordable. Improving themselves through the classroom gives members opportunities in their careers and helps them advance in the service.
In addition to traditional college coursework, Coast Guard members in our grant program pursue professional certifications and technical training to help them in their Coast Guard careers.
Our grants help pay for things like books, lab fees, computers, and technical equipment to open the doors of opportunity for Coast Guard members.
The Coast Guard Foundation's United Services Automobile Association (USAA) Reserve Scholarship provides educational support to both Reservists and their family members who are pursuing higher education opportunities.
We award scholarships based not only on an applicant’s financial need, but also on scholastic promise, motivation, moral character, good citizenship, and leadership qualities.
The Coast Guard Foundation Family Childcare Center Provider Grant program is offered year round. Thanks to the generosity of GEICO Military, a strong supporter of the Armed Forces that has served military customers for more than 80 years, the Coast Guard Foundation offers individual grants of $1,000 each to Coast Guard spouses establishing Family Childcare Centers in government-owned housing.
How to Apply: There are a couple basic requirements to qualify for a $1,000 grant.
- Make contact with the local Child Development Services Coordinator (CDSS) in your area to start the process of becoming a certified child care provider - contact information below.
How can I apply to be an FCC provider? Coast Guard spouses residing in Coast Guard-owned housing who are interested in the FCC grant may contact their local Child Development Services Coordinator (CDSS) listed below for information about becoming a certified FCC provider.
DISTRICT 1: Maura Redy 718-354-4404 Maura.Redy@uscg.mil
DISTRICT 5: Valanda Weston 609-898-6384 Valanda.M.Weston@uscg.mil
DISTRICT 13: Kelly Smitherman 503-861-6242 Kelly.M.firstname.lastname@example.org
DISTRICT 11: Renee Montandon 510 437-6662 Renee.Montandon@uscg.mil
DISTRICT 17: Jean Silva 907-487-5481 ext 6924 Mary.J.Silva@uscg.mil
When Coast Guard families or units face the unthinkable loss of an active-duty or family member, we are there with immediate financial and morale support. We listen closely to individuals and families—and anticipate their needs—to ensure we provide relevant care in the wake of tragedy.
An injured or critically ill Coast Guard member deeply affects family and loved ones. Our tragedy assistance support program ensures that families can focus exclusively on recovery. This dedicated and robust financial support system allows families and fellow service members to be nearby during these difficult times.
Coast Guard Casualty Assistance Calls Officers (CACOs) act as primary liaisons to grieving families and help them navigate the government benefits available for those whose Coast Guard member dies on duty. We work with CACOs to compassionately provide families with our support. We also work with the unit leadership of injured Coast Guard members to assist their families.
To support active-duty Coast Guard members in their time of great loss, the Coast Guard Foundation’s tragedy assistance program includes assistance after the death of a Coast Guard spouse or child.
In the wake of a dependent death, active-duty Coast Guard members can request a grant of immediate support to help cover family travel, needs of the surviving family members, and unexpected expenses.
Our Fallen Heroes Scholarship is for children whose Coast Guard parent dies in an operational, line-of-duty death. This scholarship covers 100 percent of their higher education costs ensuring service members' children can graduate college debt free.
To inquire about tragedy assistance support or the Fallen Heroes Scholarship Program, please contact Ms. Sage Williams at email@example.com or 860-535-0786.
Workforce Development Classes
By giving Coast Guard members valuable training while they serve on active duty, we help prepare you for both your mission and when your service is done.
The Coast Guard Foundation currently sponsors classes nationwide that allow Coast Guard members to earn a Merchant Mariner Credential or an aviation mechanic certification. These documents are required to work in the maritime and aviation industries. This program helps Coast Guard members translate their military service into well-paying jobs in industries that need their experience.