Military Support Fund
The Military Support Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity established in 2012 between the Northeast Indiana Base Community Council (NIBCC) and the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne. The program offers one-time emergency financial assistance (up to $650) to help with:
The MSF is funded by donations and a portion of the NIBCC’s annual Race for the Warrior held in Fort Wayne. The intent is to support ready and resilient military members and military families. Service members living in or assigned to a unit or base in the 11 counties commonly known as Northeast Indiana are eligible for a grant.
The following is a testimonial from one of the military families who recently benefited from the fund:
“The Northeast Indiana Base Community Council is a wonderful resource and organization. This past January 17, my family and I lost our home due to an apartment complex fire. Not knowing what to do or who to turn to, I contacted SGT Short, the admin NCO from my unit, ACO 1-293rd, and he told me he knew who could help. I had no prior knowledge of this organization or what it was about, nor what resources were available. After learning what was available to me, I felt a sense of relief that the NIBCC was an awesome resource there to help my family. Because of them, my family now has a home, due to their generosity and care for the soldiers they help and will continue to help. For this I am completely grateful for what they have done for my family and myself. I am now inspired to do whatever it takes to ensure my family is taken care of. Thank you for everything you have done.” - SPC. Brenton D. Jackson
To procure a Military Support Fund grant, the applicant must complete a 3-page application, including a page for applicant and submitting authority information, a narrative statement explaining the cause of the urgent financial crisis, and a budget worksheet reflecting typical monthly income and expenses. Copies of the outstanding invoices, bills, or repair statements must be attached to the application. The completed grant application with attachments are emailed to the MSF Committee for review and discussion. If approved, checks made payable to vendors/creditors are mailed or delivered, usually within 24 hours of an MSF request.