New Fund for Veterans’ Assistance grantees across the Lone Star State geared up to start their awarded projects with staff’s July 11th tutorial. This training provides more basic information about working with the FVA staff, and the mechanics of managing a grant funded by the Texas Veterans Commission.
Click here to register and view a recording of the Newly Awarded Grantee webinar. This training covers:
- Working With Your Grant Officer
- Know Your Contract
- Supporting Document Policy
- GovGrants Walkthrough
- Approval ...
All Requests for Application (RFAs) from the Fund for Veterans Assistance include a definition of approved budget:
Approved Budget. The budget included in a grant application that corresponds with the amount awarded by the Commission.
Because some grantees propose costs that are unallowable in their initial application, FVA staff must negotiate the Approved Budget. Unallowed costs are removed from the grant in these negotiations.
Therefore, the Approved Budget may not match exactly with the initial budget submitted with your application.
This means the Approved Budget ... Continue Reading
The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance staff has published Grant Application and Award Policies (“Policies”) and the Expenditure Supporting Document Policy (“SDP”) to support awarded grantees in the 2019-2020 grant year. The Tables of Contents for both documents are reproduced below.
Click on the name of the document you wish to view below, and the PDF will open in a new browser window.
- Application Phase
- Application Timeline
- One Account
- Password Policy
- Current Information
- Application Deadline
- Technical Difficulties ...
James (Jim) Bracken, Director
James (Jim) Bracken is the Director of the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) Department. He retired from the US Marine Corps in 2013, and serves the veteran community through the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 1919 (Texas Capital Chapter). Jim has both military and state agency experience in operations, strategic planning, training, process improvement, and non-profit organizational management.
As part of the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) application process, you will have to define a veteran. This exercise is a practical one, rather than philosophical.
Requests for Application from the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance all include definitions of surviving spouse and disabled veteran because these terms are set by our governing statutes. But some organizations have a specific population or experience in mind when designing their grant programs, so FVA asks applicants for their own definition of a veteran ... Continue Reading
FVA Staff has prepared a guide to help you complete contract negotiations in the GovGrants portal.
Negotiations are required to ensure the costs and services in your application are allowable, and to make any minor changes to the approved project that you have considered since the submission of the application.
The Grant Officer with FVA will Send Request for Negotiation to the grantee. Once initiated, the applicant will be able to respond to the request and make changes to ... Continue Reading
Awards for the 2019-2020 grant year are about to begin. Do you know how to work with the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance? FVA staff conducted an Awarded Grantee webinar on Thursday, June 6th to introduce 2019-2020 grantees to their FVA grant awards.
This training covers:
- FVA Staff (1:29)
- Expectations (3:20)
- Introduction To Your New FVA Grant (5:26)
- Maintaining Your FVA Grant (10:15)
- Compliance (14:05)
- Communications (19:48)
- GovGrants (30:56)
- Next Trainings (42:02)
- Questions (42:49)
- Contact Information (1:00:40)
Click here to register and view a recording of the webinar. Click here ... Continue Reading
Revised May 23, 2019
The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) is firmly committed to the principal of fair and equal employment opportunities and the provision of services without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, or genetic information.
I. Grant Memorialized in Notice of Grant Award.
II. Order of Precedence.
III. Conflicting RFA Language.
V. Change of Principal Participants.
VI. ... Continue Reading
- All Grantees: Monthly reimbursement request due in GovGrants
- Grantees not meeting benchmarks*: Monthly progress report due in GovGrants
*All grantees are expected to spend 70% of their award funds and serve 70% of their veterans by the end of the third quarter grant period. Grantees not meeting benchmarks were notified of these compliance issues by hard copy letter in mid-February 2019.
Featured Photo Background Source: The U.S. Army, “Green Light, Go!” on Flickr. Creative Commons license, Attribution Required. Continue Reading
The 2021-2022 Request for Application includes new, specific guidance for Veterans County Service Office grant applicants:
Veteran County Service Office Grants include all the service categories listed in the General Assistance Grant Program, Housing for Texas Heroes Grant Program, and Veterans Mental Health Grant Program. Veteran County Service Officers are ... Continue Reading