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Veterans Treatment Court Grant

Grants to Texas Local Units of Government to Support
Veterans Involved in the Justice System

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

10/25/19 5:00 PM Central Standard Time

Description:

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Grants starting at $5,000 to Texas local units of government for programs that enable veterans and their families to receive services that provide assistance in managing the judicial process and court system. Funding is intended to aid veterans in accessing the services available through Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) programs.

As defined in Texas Government Code § 124.001, a Veterans Treatment Court is a program that has the following essential characteristics:

  • The integration of services in the processing of cases in the judicial system;
  • The use of a non-adversarial approach involving prosecutors and defense attorneys to promote public safety and to protect the due process rights of program participants;
  • Early identification and prompt placement of eligible participants in the program;
  • Access to a continuum of alcohol, controlled substances, mental health, and other related treatment and rehabilitative services;
  • Careful monitoring of treatment and services provided to program participants;
  • A coordinated strategy to govern program responses to participants’ compliance;
  • Ongoing judicial interaction with program participants;
  • Monitoring and evaluation of program goals and effectiveness;
  • Continuing interdisciplinary education to promote effective program planning, implementation, and operations; and
  • Development of partnerships with public agencies and community organizations, including the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

Additionally, the duties of a Veterans Treatment Court Program are outlined in § 124.003 and must include:

  • Ensuring that a defendant eligible for participation in the program is provided legal counsel before volunteering to proceed through the program and while participating in the program;
  • Allowing a participant to withdraw from the program at any time before a trial on the merits has been initiated;
  • Providing a participant with a court-ordered individualized treatment plan indicating the services that will be provided to the participant; and
  • Ensuring that the jurisdiction of the Veterans Treatment court continues for a period of not less than six months but does not continue beyond the period of community supervision for the offense charged.

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. These priorities are:

  • Geographic Distribution: The FVA Advisory Committee will develop recommendations that will ensure widespread distribution of grants across the state.
  • Diversity of Services in Geographic Areas: The Commission encourages a diversity of services provided within geographic regions.
  • Outstanding Grant Applications: Priority will be given to outstanding-rated grant applications.
  • Full Funding: The FVA Advisory Committee will recommend fully funding grant requests, whenever possible.

The above priorities will be used in the funding recommendations made for this grant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164525

Number of Grants:

The number of awards will be dependent upon the FVA grant amounts awarded to Eligible Applicants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Eligible Applicants are encouraged to request a specific funding amount from the options below:
- $5,000
- $15,000
- $20,000
- $30,000
- $50,000
- $75,000
- $100,000
- $150,000
- $200,000
- $250,000
- $300,000
- $400,000
- $500,000

Term of Contract:

All funding awarded under this grant must be expended within the Grant Funding Period of July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are units of Local Government with a Veterans Treatment Court established under Texas Government Code § 124.001-.006.

Ineligible applicants:
- Individuals
- For-profit entities
- Units of federal or state government, including state agencies, colleges, and universities
- Organizations that have not fulfilled or maintained all legal requirements to operate in the state of Texas
- Organizations that do not have current operations in Texas or a Texas-based chapter.

Applicant organizations with contracts or agreements with the Texas Veterans Commission may be ineligible for Fund for Veterans’ Assistance grant funding requested for Proposed Projects involving the same or similar services as those funded under the contract. Applicants are responsible for ensuring their submitted application discloses any such contract. The Proposed Project must be clearly and sufficiently differentiated in the application from any contracted services.

For prohibited uses of funds, see: https://www.tvc.texas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/1-2020-21-VTC-RFA-Approved.pdf#page=11.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 5:00 PM Central Standard Time, October 25, 2019.

The FVA Advisory Committee will convene in Austin, Texas in January 2020 for a public presentation of the Proposed Projects by Applicants. Following that public presentation, the FVA Advisory Committee will convene in Austin, Texas in March 2020 to make the award recommendations. Additional information on this meeting will be available and shared at a later date. The dates of these meetings are subject to change. Please check the FVA website for updated information.

The funding recommendations made by the FVA Advisory Committee will be presented to the Commission in May 2020 for the Commission’s award decision. Additional information on this meeting will be made available at a later date. The exact date of this meeting has not been set. Please check the FVA website for updated information.

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. Organization revenue, excluding FVA grants, will be reviewed with respect to the amount requested in the application

RFP Information: https://www.tvc.texas.gov/2020-2021-vtc-rfa/
Terms and Conditions: https://www.tvc.texas.gov/fva-grant-program-requirements-terms-and-conditions/
Webinar Presentation: https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/5512738389692115719

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas