(A) The Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS) may issue a one-time military injury relief fund (MIRF) grant to an individual only after ODJFS has determined that: the applicant has not previously received a MIRF grant; the applicant has met the eligibility requirements set forth in rule 5101:10-2-01 of the Administrative Code; the applicant has submitted a complete application ; and, there are sufficient grant funds. Applicants are required to provide acceptable documentation of injury and other verifications as needed by ODJFS before the issuance of any grant award.
(B) In the case of incomplete applications, ODJFS will send a letter of explanation to the applicant detailing the additional information required for processing. Incomplete applications will not be considered "place holders" for the applicant. Partial grant awards will not be issued. Applicants
must apply for a MIRF grant using JFS 33214, "Ohio Military Relief Fund (MIRF) Application" (rev. 7/2011) provided by ODJFS. This form may be obtained at any Ohio county veteran services office, or at the ODJFS web site under the "Info Center" link (http://jfs.ohio.gov//).
(C) Proof of eligibility rests with the applicant. If ODJFS determines that the applicant submitted false or misleading information, ODJFS may deny the application. If a grant was issued based on false or misleading information, ODJFS may take action to collect the grant funds from the applicant and additional penalties may be imposed.
(D) If an applicant is denied, an individual may appeal to the MIRF appeals committee. A notice of appellate rights shall be included in the decision notice denying the application. All appeals must be made in writing to the MIRF appeals committee within sixty calendar days of the date of the denial of the MIRF grant application. The MIRF appeals committee shall review the appeal request in a timely fashion. Time deadlines may be extended for good cause. The MIRF appeals committee will meet as required. Applicants will be notified in writing of the decision of the MIRF appeals committee. The ruling of the MIRF appeals committee is final. An eligibility determination, a grant approval, or a grant denial made under this rule may not be appealed under Chapter 119., section 5101.35, or any other provision of the Revised Code.
(E) Grant award amounts will be five hundred dollars and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis as funds are available based on the amount of MIRF contributions received.
(F) MIRF applications and supporting documentation containing personally identifiable information are confidential.