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Judge Advocate

Clarence Hill, Judge Advocate

January 2021

NATIONAL HAS A NEW GRANT PROGRAM TO ASSIST POSTS

A NEW POST ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, RESOLUTION 36, WAS ADOPTED BY THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND WHAT IT MEANS TO EVERY POST WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA

The National Executive Committee (NEC) has approved the following resolution which can be utilized by every Post in The American Legion that meets the eligibility criteria. Below are the resolved clauses of Resolution 36

RESOLVED, by the National Executive Committee of The American Legion in regular meeting assembled virtually on October 14-15, 2020, That the national commander is hereby authorized to establish a grant program titled “Mission Blue Post Assistance Program” which will provide $1,000 grants to applying and qualified American Legion posts impacted by the government’s public health protection restrictions implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the national commander shall direct the Internal Affairs Commission through its Internal Affairs Division to screen, certify and cause grants to be distributed to qualifying posts; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That an American Legion Post will be eligible for a Mission Blue Post Assistance Program grant after verification by The American Legion department adjutant that the post meets the criteria and requirements, which are listed here:

  1. A post must have a consolidated post report on file.
  2. A post must have filed an IRS 990 within the prescribed due date.
  3. A post must have filed all other required forms and reposts as prescribed by the department.
  4. A post must have actively participated in one or more American Legion program(s) within the last 18 months.
  5. A post must have a financial need.
  6. A post must provide a certificate of insurance naming The American Legion dba American Legion National Headquarters as an additional insured.
  7. A post must provide documentation indicating that the post is properly incorporated; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the funds from a Mission Blue Post Assistance Program grant shall be used exclusively for the following:

  1. Current and past due mortgage principal and interest,
  2. Current and past due real estate rents,
  3. Current and past due insurance premiums, and
  4. Current and past due utilities; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That an American Legion post receiving a Mission Blue Post Assistance Program grant will be required to submit a true and accurate report outlining how the funds were used; and the report shall be signed by the post finance officer and certified by the post commander or post adjutant; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That payment for a Mission Blue Post Assistance Program grant shall be made available by funding in The American Legion National Emergency Fund; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That no more than $5,000,000 ($5 million dollars) shall be expended from The American Legion National Emergency Fund for the Mission Blue Post Assistance Program, except that donations from elsewhere specifically designated to fulfill the intent of the program may be applied to same without limitation; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That The American Legion may solicit donations for the Mission Blue Post Assistance Program from any sources as may be available provided that any and all monies raised shall be used to augment the $5,000,000 commitment from The American Legion National Emergency Fund; and, be it finally

RESOLVED, That the Finance Commission is authorized to make any changes to the program as it sees fit to carry out the intent of this resolution provided that the National Executive Committee is provided notification of changes made at its next regularly scheduled meeting.

What does this mean to a Post?

Public health mandates in response to the coronavirus included stay-at-home orders and business closures. Those mandates financially impacted American Legion posts nationwide as member and community outreach efforts were limited, resulting in a loss of revenue.

The eligibility requirements are listed in the Resolution. If your Post’s EIN has been revoked, it must be reinstated to be eligible.

American Legion posts applying for a grant will be required to first submit the completed application to department for approval before it can be sent to National Headquarters. The application procedure is the same as for the NEF. Posts have until December 31, 2021, to apply for the grant.

The instructions and application can be downloaded at https://www.legion.org/documents/pdf/Mission_Blue_PAP_Application_1.pdf

Clarence Hill
Judge Advocate
judgeadvocate@legionmail.org