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2021-2022 Fund for Veterans' Assistance (FVA) Grants

Grants to Texas Nonprofits and Agencies to Enhance
the Lives of Veterans and Their Families

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) - Fund for Veterans' Assistance (FVA)

Conf. Date:

10/08/20

Deadline Date:

11/05/20 5:00 PM CDST

Description:

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Grants to Texas nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies to enhance the lives of veterans and their families. Program areas include, but are not limited to, transportation, financial support, housing repair and modification, legal services (excluding criminal defense), counseling, peer-support services, life skills and community integration, training and employment, and homeless support services.

This RFA announces funding opportunities for five different grants including General Assistance Grants, Housing for Texas Heroes Grants, Veterans Mental Health Grants, Veteran Treatment Courts Grants, and Veteran County Service Office Grants. Each of the grant programs include service categories that are defined and explained below.

General Assistance Grants: 

General Assistance (GA) grants include seven service categories that collectively provide employment support, financial assistance, homeless veteran support, pro bono legal services, referral services, supportive services, and transportation programs and services to veterans, dependents, and surviving spouses who live in Texas.

Housing for Texas Heroes Grant Program: 

The Housing for Texas Heroes (H4TXH) Grant Program provides home modifications and home repair for veterans and their families, including:

  1. Home modification projects to home to improve accessibility and quality of life for independent living (walkways, ramps, sliding doors, handrails, kitchen, and bathroom modifications)
  2. Home repair (plumbing, electrical, interior walls, flooring, lighting)
  3. Home weatherization (doors, windows, siding, roofing)

Veterans Mental Health Program:

The Veterans Mental Health (VMH) Grant Program is comprised of two service categories that collectively provide counseling and treatment to veterans and their families in addressing diagnosed conditions in order to improve their quality of life, relationships, outlook, and successful integration with their communities.

Veterans Treatment Court Program:

The Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) Grant Program supports eligible units of local government in providing services through Veterans Treatment Court (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 with their communities.

Veteran County Service Office Grants:

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 eligible to submit one application for any of the service categories and must serve as the project coordinator for the services if awarded a grant.

For information about the different grant programs, see the RFA:

https://www.tvc.texas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/RFA_FVA-2021-22-Grants-approved.pdf#page=5

Funding Priorities:

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:

  1. Meet the overall FVA program goals. See Section II, Paragraph F in the RFA.
  2. 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).
  3. Place a high priority on budgeting for client services.
  4. Fund organizations with a demonstrated history of meeting grant performance benchmarks.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164527

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$30,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants can request a specific funding amount from the following options: $5,000, $15,000, $20,000, $30,000, $50,000, $75,000, $100,000, $150,000, $200,000, $250,000, $300,000, or $500,000

Note: Requests of $500,000 are available to Statewide, VMH, and H4TXH Proposed Projects ONLY.

Term of Contract:

Grants awarded will be for one (1) year beginning on July 1, 2021 and ending on June 30, 2022. The Commission may, in its sole discretion, exercise the option to renew the grant for one (1) additional one (1) year period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
1. Organizations that are currently providing services under a renewed grant during the 2020-21 grant period are not eligible for a second renewal and must apply under this RFA for the 2021-22 grant period.
2. Units of local government;
3. IRS Code 501(c)(19) posts or organizations of past or present members of the Armed Forces;
4. IRS Code 501(c)(3) private nonprofit organizations authorized to do business in Texas;
5. Texas chapters of IRS Code 501(c)(4) Veterans service organizations; or
6. Nonprofit organizations authorized to do business in Texas with experience providing services to Veterans.

Not Eligible to Apply
1. Individuals;
2. For-profit entities;
3. Units of federal or state government, including state agencies, colleges, and universities;
4. Organizations that have not fulfilled all legal requirements to operate in the state of Texas;
5. Organizations that do not have current operations in Texas or a Texas-based chapter; and
6. Organizations that are currently providing services under a non-renewed grant during the 2020-21 grant period, have an opportunity to meet renewal criteria for a 2021-22 grant, and therefore are ineligible to submit applications for the same grant programs announced in this RFA.

For a list of prohibited uses and costs of FVA grant funds, see here:
https://www.tvc.texas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/RFA_FVA-2021-22-Grants-approved.pdf#page=15

Pre-proposal Conference:

2021-2022 Grant Eligibility Webinar
September 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
https://www.tvc.texas.gov/event/2021-2022-grant-eligibility-webinar/

FVA 2021-2022 Grant Application INformational Webinar
October 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
https://www.tvc.texas.gov/event/fva-2021-2022-grant-application-informational-webinar/

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by October 29, 2020 by 5:00 PM through the TVC GovGrants portal. Only applications submitted via the portal will be considered for funding.

Key Dates for Grant Application and Award Processes:
- September 2, 2020: 2021-2022 Request for Application (RFA) informational webinar
- September 5, 2020: Application Window opens for 2021-2022 FVA Grants
- Sep 9, Sep 17, 2020 and Oct 8, 2020 – 10:00 am: FVA Grant Application informational webinars
- October 28, 2020 – 5:00 pm: Last day to submit RFA questions to TVC regarding this RFA
- November 5, 2020 – 5:00 pm: All applications must be submitted. Application portal will close
automatically at 5:00 pm, Central Standard Time on this date.
- January 2021: All eligible organizations may present their application to the FVA Advisory Committee. Additional information will be posted on the website later. This date is subject to change. Please check the FVA website for city, venue, date/time, and registration information.
- March 2021: Funding Recommendation meeting. FVA Advisory Committee meets to confirm funding recommendations. Additional information will be posted on the website later. This date is subject to change. Please check the FVA website for city, venue, and date/time information.
- May 2021: TVC Commission meeting. Austin, Texas. Additional information will be available later. This date is subject to change. Please check the FVA website.
- June 2021: Notice of Grant Awards to be sent to funded organizations.
- July 1, 2019: Grant Funding Period begins.
- July 2021: Mandatory grantee training. Additional information will be available later.
- June 30, 2022: Grant Funding Period ends.

Applicants can submit one application per grant program, for a total of two grant applications for all grant programs announced in Part II of this RFA. Applicants may only be awarded a maximum of one grant per grant program, and a maximum of two grants for the term of this grant. Organizations may not have overlapping or concurrent grants in the same grant program during one grant period.

For FVA grant programs that have multiple service categories, applicants should select the service category that their organization will provide and develop their project narratives and budgets to illustrate how they will successfully provide those services.

Applicants are required to complete and submit the application on the TVC GovGrants portal (http://tvcportal.force.com/). Paper applications are no longer available, required, or accepted. Each organization is required to register for one account in the GovGrants portal.

The grant programs and opportunities announced in this RFA are reimbursement grants.

Awarded Applicants will be required to participate in training. This training will be conducted remotely either via webinar or conference call, or in some instances FVA staff may conduct an onsite training visit at the Awarded Applicant’s facility. Training costs related to FVA Grant training do not need to be included in the budget for the Proposed Project.

While there is no mandated matching requirement, the FVA does expect Grantees to share in the operational cost of funded projects. Applicants are required to identify the anticipated funds they will use on the Proposed Project.

Apply Homepage: https://www.tvc.texas.gov/grants/apply/

Webinar recording: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/7087202772865481985

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:
https://tvcportal.force.com/ApplicantLogin4?username=null

All questions pertaining to this RFA must be submitted to rfaquestions@tvc.texas.gov with “2021-22 [Grant Program inserted here] Question” in the subject line of the email. Responses will be posted on the TVC GovGrants portal FAQs tab.

For questions, contact James Bracken, Director:
grants@tvc.texas.gov
1-800-252-8387 (VETS)
(512) 463-1157

Texas Veterans Commission
Phone: (512) 463-6564
Fax: (512) 475-2395

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