Emergency Relief Application

The Texas State Fire Fighters Emergency Relief and College Scholarship Fund, Incorporated, provides emergency relief monies in certain hardship situations to the eligible firefighters or their survivors in $500 increments. No individual may receive more than $1000 for any single hardship or event. You must apply for an initial $500 within 90 days of an event which resulted in your hardship. You must request any second $500 you wish to receive within 90 days after receipt of any initial $500. All eligibility determinations, which are made by the Fund’s Board of Directors, are final.

To help the Board determine whether you are eligible for emergency relief, please download and fill out the application and email to tannersch@msn.com

Disaster Relief Rules and Eligibility Governing Disbursement of Funds

  1. Eligibility requirements that an individual must meet in order to qualify for Disaster Relief Monies from the Corporation are:
    1. The applicant must be a current TSAFF member at the time the disaster occurred.
    2. The member must reside in the area which has been declared a disaster by the U.S. or Texas government, or by a majority of the Board Directors.
    3. The member’s eligibility is based solely on need as determined by a majority of the Board Directors.
    4. A member is only eligible for assistance if he or she is displaced from his/her home because of the disaster.
  1. The Rules governing the award of Disaster monies are:
    1. Disaster Relief Grants may be awarded for the purpose of providing monies for temporary emergency expenses for TSAFF members who suffer financial hardship in a U.S. or Texas declared disaster area, or in cases of natural or man-made disasters including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, landslides, fires, drought, or civil disturbances as determined by the Relief Fund Board of Directors.
    2. Disbursements from the fund are only made available to TSAFF members suffering a catastrophic loss with resulting financial hardship following such a disaster.
  1. Catastrophic loss is limited to damages and losses associated with a primary property such as:
    1. Primary Home
    2. Primary vehicle
    3. Medical needs and/or displacement from the primary residence
  2. Disbursements are only granted for immediate housing, food, medical supplies and services, clothing, and other similar disaster relief associated with displacement from the primary residence damaged during the disaster.
    1. The maximum amount of any grant is $500 for any single disaster occurrence.  Multiple awards to TSAFF members residing in the same household which exceed the above-mentioned dollar limitations are not granted.  For example, if both the husband and wife are TSAFF members, they are only collectively eligible to receive a grant of up to $500 for a single disaster occurrence.
  1. Application Process:
    1. The member must submit a completed Emergency Relief Application available from TSAFF.org, or by contacting a TSAFF Officer or Fund Board of Director.
    2. All Applications must be received within 30 days from the date of the disaster and submitted to the Board of Directors for consideration.
  2. Grant Disbursement Process:
    1. Upon receipt of the application; and after declaration by the Directors of a disaster, the Board of Directors will review the application.
    2. Upon approval of the Board of Directors, disaster relief monies will be granted to the member and distributed in the most expeditious manner.
    3. Funds that are not distributed directly to the affected member will be mailed to the address provided on the application form.