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2023-24 Grant Applications Accepted
October 5, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - December 5, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
Organizations: Visit Apply Home for more on how to apply for a Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) grant, including New TVC Grants Portal resources, and more.
- Request For Applications: Read the RFA | RFA Questions and Responses
- Program Requirements and Terms & Conditions: Read the Program Requirements
- RFA Webinar: Watch The Recording | Download The Slides
- Grant Application Webinar: Watch The Recording | Download The Slides
- Q&A on Account Registration and Validation in the new TVC Grants Portal: Watch the Recording | TVC Grants Portal User Guide
Veterans, Veteran Families, and Surviving Spouses: Individuals are not eligible to apply for TVC organization grants. Click here to search for benefits and services funded by TVC grants instead.
- Organizations that are currently providing services under a renewed grant are not eligible for a second renewal, and must apply under the 2023-24 Request for Applications (RFA).
- Units of local government.
- IRS Code § 501(c)(19) Posts or organizations of past or present members of the Armed Forces.
- IRS Code § 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations authorized to do business in Texas; or
- Texas chapters of IRS Code § 501(c)(4) Veteran’s service organizations.
Read The Request For Applications
The Request for Applications (RFA):
- Provides an overview of FVA Grant Programs including detailed descriptions of service categories, service areas, program goals and guidelines.
- Solicits grant applications from eligible applicants for the 2023-2024 grant period.
- Provides application instructions and specific information on grant eligibility.
- Provides information about the FVA grant application and awarding processes.
Grant Programs and Goals
- The 2023-24 Request for Applications (RFA) announces funding opportunities for four different grant programs including General Assistance Grants, Housing for Texas Heroes Grants, Veterans Mental Health Grants, and Veteran Treatment Courts Grants. Each of the grant programs include service categories that are defined and explained in the section below. Many of the service category descriptions include notes to potential applicants to help understand the purpose, scope and constraints that are related to the service category.
- Per Texas Administrative Code § 460.17, this Request for Applications (RFA) announces grant funding opportunities for Veteran County Service Officers for General Assistance, Housing for Texas Heroes, and Veterans Mental Health grant programs.
- The grant programs and opportunities announced in this Request for Applications (RFA) are reimbursement grants, and grants are awarded based on a competitive application and awarding process.
- For grant programs that have multiple service categories, applicants select the service category that their grant project fits in and develop their budgets to illustrate how they will provide those services for their selected grant program.
- The information and descriptions for each grant and service category below is provided to enable applicants to be clear, concise, and deliberate in how they develop and present their project proposals and budgets in their applications.
TVC Grant Program Goals
- Provide support, services, and resources to veterans, their families, and surviving spouses where they live to improve their quality of life and strengthen their connections and integration with their communities.
- Responsively serve eligible beneficiaries to meet acute and chronic needs.
- Provide grant-funded services and resources that have measurable, positive outcomes.
- Ensure grant-funded projects are available to veterans, dependents, and surviving spouses across the state.
- Ensure a diversity of grant-funded services are available within geographic regions.
- Fully fund grant projects that support the Fund’s overall and specific program goals approved by the Commission.
All grant programs and opportunities function as reimbursement grants. Grants are awarded by the TVC Commissioners, based on a competitive application and awarding process. TVC Staff initially review applications for eligibility, and the all-volunteer FVA Advisory Committee review the eligibility-screened applications to make a recommendation to the Commission for its final consideration and awards.
FVA grants include four grant programs and one funding opportunity
General Assistance (GA) grant includes eight service categories that provide employment support, financial assistance, homeless veteran support, pro bono legal services, referral services, supportive services, veteran small business support, and transportation programs and services to veterans, dependents, and surviving spouses who live in Texas.
Housing for Texas Heroes (H4TXH) grant provides home modifications, home repair, and home weatherization for veterans and surviving spouses.
Veterans Mental Health (VMH) grant includes two service categories—Clinical Counseling Services and Peer-Support Services—which provide counseling and treatment to veterans and their families in addressing diagnosed conditions to improve their quality of life, relationships, outlook, and successful integration with their communities.
Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) grant supports eligible units of local government in providing services through VTC programs established under Texas Government Code §124.001-.006. Grant funding is intended to support rehabilitation for justice-involved veterans to best prepare them for reintegration into their communities.
Veteran County Service Office (VCSO) Funding Opportunity includes grants for all the service categories from General Assistance, Housing for Texas Heroes, and Veterans Mental Health. Veteran County Service Offices are eligible to submit one application for any of the service categories from the listed grant programs and must serve as the project coordinator for the services if awarded the grant.
Note: For FVA grant programs that have multiple service categories, applicants should select the service category that their organization would best serve and develop their project narratives and budgets to illustrate how they will successfully provide those services.
Funding Priorities for 2023-24 FVA Grants: The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) established the following priorities to provide guidance to the FVA Advisory Committee in developing funding recommendations and for the Commission in making grant awards. The FVA Advisory Committee shall provide funding recommendations for grant applications that:
- Meet the overall FVA program goals. (see program goals above).
- Provide services and resources available through FVA grant programs to veterans and their families based upon their expressed needs for their county and/or region. (Does not apply to VTC grants)
- Place a high priority on budgeting for client services.
- Fund organizations with a demonstrated history of meeting grant performance benchmarks.
Grant Funding Period. All funding awarded under this grant must be expended within the grant funding period of July 1st to June 30th. No pre-award spending will be allowed. All costs associated with the preparation and submission of an Application for this RFA is the responsibility of Applicant. These costs shall not be chargeable to TVC by any awarded or non-awarded Applicant.
Grant Amounts. Eligible Applicants can request the specific funding amounts for their grant- funded projects in increments of $5,000. See Texas Veteran Commission/Grants webpages for more information about funding limits per program and per geographic service area.
Total Funding Available and Number of Awards. The anticipated amount available for awarding in 2023-24 for all four FVA grant programs including VCSO Funding and possible grant renewals is $30,000,000. The number of awards will be dependent upon the FVA grant amounts awarded to Eligible Applicants. Requested grant amounts must be one of the specific grant amounts listed. This amount is subject to change due to availability of funds.
Selection Criteria: TVC staff will review all applications for eligibility. Eligible applications will be forwarded to the FVA Advisory Committee for review and consideration. The FVA Advisory Committee will prepare a funding recommendation to be presented to the Commission for action. Again, the Commission makes all final funding decisions. Applications shall address all requirements of the RFA to be considered for funding by the Commission. TVC is not obligated to approve an application, provide funds, or endorse any application submitted in response to the RFA solicitation. Applicants should have no expectation of continued funding. Neither this notice nor the RFA obligates the Commission to award a grant or pay any costs incurred in preparing an application.
Grant Application: All information needed to respond to the RFA solicitation will be posted on the TVC website (www.tvc.texas.gov/grants/apply/) and the TVC Grants Portal on September 30, 2022. All applications must be timely submitted electronically through the TVC Grants Portal. No paper applications or other methods of submission will be considered for funding.
Further Information: In order to assure that no prospective applicant obtains a competitive advantage because of information unknown to other prospective applicants, all applicants’ questions must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All questions and the written answers will be posted on the TVC/Grants webpage (www.tvc.texas.gov/grants/apply/). The last day to submit questions regarding the RFA is November 28, 2022 at 5:00 pm (CDST).
Deadline for Receipt of Applications: Applications must be submitted to the TVC Grant Portal by 5:00 pm (CDST) on December 5, 2022, to be considered for funding. Applications received after the deadline or submitted through other means will not be considered for processing or funding. As such, Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications at least three days prior to the deadline to ensure that there is sufficient time to address any validation or error messages generated by the EGMS program, which prevents submission until resolved.
Funding Authority: The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance is authorized by Texas Government Code, Section 434.017.
Applicants are strongly recommended to read the full RFA and Texas Administrative Code §460 governing TVC grants PRIOR to beginning their applications.