Grant Diversion is a one-time lump-sum payment of Cash Assistance benefits to assist with expenses while you seek full-time employment.
You may be eligible for Grant Diversion provided you:
- meet the Cash Assistance eligibility requirements,
- are eligible for at least one dollar of Cash Assistance in the approval month, and
- have not received Cash Assistance in the application month or Grant Diversion in the month before the application month, and
- have not received Grant Diversion in the 12 months before the application month. (Grant Diversion can be received only once in a 12 month period)
Cash Assistance eligibility must be determined before the Grant Diversion one-time lump sum cash payment can be released (if you accept the option).
You cannot apply for Grant Diversion if you are currently receiving TANF Cash Assistance.
Do I have to have a job offer to be eligible for Grant Diversion?
The Grant Diversion benefit is intended to help a family move from long term Cash Assistance to full-time employment, but employment does not need to be lined up.
How is the lump-sum received?
Just like Cash Assistance, the Grant Diversion benefit is received on the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card.
Talk to your eligibility interviewer to see if the Grant Diversion option is right for you.