Texas Veterans Commission’s Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (TVC FVA, or just FVA) awards competitive, reimbursement-based grants in a multi-step process involving an eligibility screening by staff, recommendations on funding awards by the FVA Advisory Committee, and a final vote to award funds by the Texas Veterans Commissioners.
So now that your organization has invested in applying for FVA funding, what happens at TVC once your application has been submitted, and when will you hear more about award decisions?
Here’s what you need to know about the award process while you wait.
Step 1: Applications Reviewed
DECEMBER 2018 – JANUARY 2019
First, complete applications in GovGrants submitted by the deadline were screened for eligibility by FVA staff. Eligible applicants were invited to present their grant proposals to the FVA Advisory Committee.
Step 2: Applicant Presentations
FEBRUARY 19-20, 2019 MEETING
Next, eligible applicants had an opportunity to present their projects to the FVA Advisory Committee attended the presentation meeting in Austin and addressed the Committee. Committee members asked questions of applicants about their projects. These presentations are optional, and the committee fully understands the costs in time and resources could be prohibitive for some organizations. There is no adverse impact to an organization’s application if they did not attend.
FVA Advisory Committee meetings are recorded and uploaded to TVC’s YouTube channel within two weeks of the meeting.
Step 3: Advisory Committee Recommendations
MARCH 26, 2019 MEETING
Third, the FVA Advisory Committee meets in Austin to discuss funding available and eligible applications. This meeting is open to the public.
Committee members will:
- Review funding available for award
- Consider funding recommendation guidance to the FVA Advisory Committee from the Commission
- Review grant application materials and analysis from FVA staff
- Group, sort, and prioritize applications recommended for funding
- Discuss and vote on which awards are recommended for funding at what level
This meeting will also be recorded, and the video will be uploaded to TVC’s YouTube channel within two weeks of the meeting.
Step 4: Award Decisions By Commissioners
MAY 8, 2019 MEETING
Texas Veterans Commission meets in Austin and votes on final awards to applicants.
The FVA Advisory Committee chair will:
- Present funding recommendations of the FVA Advisory Committee
- Take questions from Commissioners
- Review list of applications submitted
- Consider funding recommendations of the FVA Advisory Committee
- Make changes to awards if they choose
- Vote on funding to be awarded
Award decisions are final after the Texas Veterans Commission meeting has adjourned.
Step 5: Notification of Awards & Grant Contract Negotiations
Finally, after the Texas Veterans Commission has determined which applications will receive funding, FVA staff sends out Notices of Grant Awards (NOGAs) and enters into contract negotiations where necessary. All applicants not awarded funds are also notified in writing of the Commission’s determination.
Once all grant negotiations are completed, the full list of awarded grantees will be posted to the TVC website.
Grant Funding Period
JULY 1, 2019 – JUNE 30, 2020
Please note no pre-award spending is allowed on FVA grants.
Missed the 2019-2020 FVA Application deadline?
Stay tuned to the FVA blog for more news and updates on grants for nonprofits, units of local government, 501(c)4 Texas posts of national veterans service organizations, and 501(c)19 posts or organizations of past or present members of the Armed Forces.
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