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The first Veterans Cash ticket was launched in 2006. It was the first lottery game in the United States to designate 100 percent of net proceeds to veterans. Since then, Veterans Cash has awarded more than $13.3 million in grants statewide to veterans' organizations that provide vital services, including job training, housing assistance, and post-traumatic stress treatment.
The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs awards these funds in the form of Vet Cash Grants. On a quarterly basis, IDVA's Veterans Cash Grant Committee reviews applications and awards grants to groups that help address PTSD, homelessness, health insurance costs, long-term care, disability benefits, and employment.
Since 2006, nearly 300 organizations have shared over $13 million in funding.
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Veterans Cash Grants
100 percent of the Veterans Cash lottery ticket proceeds go to support Illinois veterans. Eligibility is open to Government agencies, non-for-profits, veterans’ organizations and tax-exempt entities currently providing veterans’ assistance or wishing to expand to veterans’ assistance. Grants to individuals are not awarded under this program. Organizations that provide services in the following 6 categories are encouraged to apply for a Veterans Cash grant:
- Health insurance costs
- Long-term care
- Post-traumatic stress disorder research or treatment
- Disability benefits
- Job placement and training
Please note that April through November of each year is typically a low funding period, as the annual Vets Cash game runs begins in November and is complete about February of the following year. Meanwhile, the volume of qualified and quality Veterans Cash Grant applications has steadily increased. Approval of grants is always subject to available funds. While grant applications are accepted every quarter, we encourage applicants to consider applying during periods when available funding is greater, as well as to seek additional sources of revenue or support.
GETTING STARTED: Please read “New Grant Requirements and Process Changes ( ) Document before proceeding.
Changes to Federal and State Grant Requirements.pdf
PLEASE NOTE - all grants administered by the Department are subject to available funding.
See Notice for Funding Opportunities: FY21 IDVA NOFO.pdf
To apply for the Veteran Cash Grant please click on the links below:
To contact the Veterans Cash Grant Administrator send an e-mail to the following address (Veterans.Cash@illinois.gov) or by clicking here:
Veterans Cash Administrator
Previous Veterans Cash Grant Recipients
Donate to Veterans Cash
Veteran advocates can go above and beyond to show their support for our men and women who have served by making a contribution directly to the Veterans Cash program. To facilitate this process, you may write a check and mail it to directly to us. Those looking to make a generous donation to support our veterans should download a Mail-In Donation Form. All monies contributed to the Veterans Assistance Fund will be granted by the Veterans Cash Grant Committee to help Illinois veterans in the following areas of need: post-traumatic stress, homelessness, long-term care, disability benefits, health insurance costs, and employment assistance. Grants are awarded to qualifying public and non-profit organizations directly serving veterans in these areas.
We hope you will find this service convenient and easy to use. Thank you for your readiness to give back to our veterans and to help them thrive upon their return home.