FAQ

Who is eligible to receive benefits?
All sworn and civilian employees, their spouses/domestic partners and dependent children.

Do I have to pay the money back?
No. The Memorial Foundation issues grants, not loans.

What qualifies for benefits?
The key criteria is unforeseen catastrophic, death, illness or injury.

What types of benefits are available?
The Memorial Foundation pays funeral costs associated with line of duty deaths Pays psychological counseling and life’s necessities for survivors of the officer Provides funding for the college education of surviving dependent children and spouses Provides $5,000 death benefits for Department employees who have died while active, and the same amount for spouses and dependent children Assists employees who are off work long-term ill and IOD, and who have exhausted City pay benefits Annually issues $50,000 in merit-based college scholarship awards to the dependents of active Department employees, (not including retirees or reserves). This is the only grant not based on financial need or catastrophic circumstances.

What is not covered?
The Memorial Foundation does not make loans. All monies are issued as grants. The Memorial Foundation does not get involved in disciplinary cases or divorces because each creates their own problems. The Memorial Foundation does not issue grants for the funeral expenses for the parents, grandparents or siblings of Department employees or their spouses.

Memorial Foundation benefits are available for catastrophic circumstances affecting the employee or their immediate family. By-laws are designed to be restrictive in terms of immediate family. Immediate family means: your spouse/domestic partner or dependent child. This does not include your parents, grandparents, siblings and others, as termed immediate family according to Employee MOD language.

Where do you get your money?
The Annual Police Celebrity Golf Tournament, employee charitable payroll contributions, investment returns, and community support throughout the year.