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Housing For Texas Heroes

Grants to Texas Nonprofits and Agencies to Help
Low-Income Veterans Obtain or Repair Housing

GrantWatch ID#: 164526
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Texas Veterans Commission

09/13/17

11/02/17 5:00 PM Receipt

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Grants starting at $5,000 to Texas nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies to help low-income veterans and their families to obtain, improve, and maintain housing. Priority will be given to programs that provide assistance in home modification.

For this grant, Veteran and/or family member beneficiaries must meet specific eligibility criteria:
- Be considered Low Income (as defined in Section III. Definition of Key Terms)
- Be considered Very Low Income (as defined in Section III. Definition of Key Terms)
- Be a Disabled Veteran (as defined in Section III. Definition of Key Terms), OR
- Be a Veteran who is undergoing long-term treatment at a medical facility in Texas

Additionally, Grantees must verify that those Veteran and/or family member beneficiaries receiving home modification, home repair, or weatherization assistance are current on any existing mortgage loans or home equity loans prior to providing assistance.

Project Service Category descriptions are:
- Assistance to families of Veterans at Texas medical facilities: Temporary housing assistance to families of Veterans who are undergoing long-term treatment at a medical facility in Texas.
- Home Modification Assistance: Modification, repair, and weatherization projects can include walkways, ramps, doors, windows, flooring materials, sliding doors, handrails and grab bars, or bathroom modifications.
- Homeless Veterans Support Programs: Shelter programs, transitional living, temporary housing, rapid re-housing programs.
- Veteran Homelessness Prevention Programs: At risk homeless prevention, long-term rental assistance, case management, wrap-around services.

Applicants are encouraged to 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.

Grants awarded under this RFA will begin on July 1, 2018, and end on June 30, 2019. Reimbursement will only be made for those allowable expenses that occur within the term of this grant.

Who Can Apply?
- 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) private nonprofit organizations authorized to do business in Texas;
- Texas chapters of IRS Code 501(c)(4) Veterans service organizations; or
- 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; and
5. Organizations that do not have current operations in Texas or a Texas-based chapter.

Capital expenditures are prohibited. Vehicle purchase and capital leases are prohibited. “Use” leases or “operational” leases are allowable only when specifically authorized.

The following are also prohibited costs for FVA Grants:
- Cash or Cash Equivalents – per Texas Administrative Code, Title 40, Part 15, Section 460.10(3) distribution of cash or a cash equivalent to veterans and/or their families is prohibited. Cash equivalents can include gift cards and gas cards.
- Scholarships – per Texas Administrative Code, Title 40, Part 15, Section 460.10(5) scholarships for education are prohibited.
- Preparation of Grant Application costs – per this RFA, Section IX. Application Submission, costs associated with preparing and/or submission of an Application are the responsibility of the Applicant.
- “Honoraria” – this is not an allowable cost. The term “fee” should be used in lieu of honorarium in accounting records and consulting agreements.
- Food – FVA reserves the right to restrict a Grantee from expending any funds on food costs or to disallow food costs. FVA will determine if food costs have both a programmatic purpose and are reasonable and necessary for the successful performance of the Proposed Project.
- Construction – per Texas Administrative Code, Title 40, Part 15, Section 460.10(4) acquisition or construction of facilities, except for grant funds awarded under the H4TXH program, is prohibited.
- Child support, alimony are not considered emergency financial assistance and are not permitted under this grant.
- Tax costs in the form of special assessments for capital improvements and/or federal income taxes are not permitted under this grant.

Potential applicants will have the opportunity to participate in an information session regarding the 2018-19 H4TXH grant application to be held via webinar. The webinars are tentatively scheduled for 10 AM on Sep 13, 2017, and 10 AM on Oct 4, 2017. The presentation will be the same for both webinars and FVA staff will take questions at the end. Information regarding the meeting and webinar will be available on the FVA website. Please check the FVA website for updated information.

The information session webinar will address any questions regarding the application or application process, but will not address a specific project or an organization’s application.

The application period for this grant opens August, 2017 and closes November 2, 2017. Applications must be received by November2, 2017 by 5 p.m. at the TVC office in Austin, Texas.

Matching Funds
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 the amount requested in the application.

All questions pertaining to this RFA must be submitted to the email address in Contact Information below with “2018-19 H4TXH Question” in the subject line of the email. Responses will be posted on the FVA website every Friday: http://www.tvc.texas.gov/Apply-For-A-Grant.aspx.

Timeline for 2018-19 H4TXH Grant Applications

- August 21, 2017 2018-19 H4TXH RFA opens
- Sep 13 or Oct 7, 2017 Informational application webinar.
- November 2, 2017 All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Austin, Texas.
- January 29, 2018 All eligible organizations may present their application to the FVA Advisory Committee in Austin, Texas.
- March 2018 Funding Recommendation meeting.
- May 2018 TVC Commission meeting. Austin, Texas.
- June 2018 Notice of Grant Awards to be sent to funded organizations.
- July 1, 2018 Grant Funding Period begins.
- July 2018 Mandatory grantee training. Additional information will be available at a later date.
- June 30, 2019 Grant Funding Period ends.

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

Email grant submissions to: grants@tvc.texas.gov (“2018-19 H4TXH Grant” in the subject line)

Applications may be sent via U.S. Mail to:
Texas Veterans Commission
Fund for Veterans’ Assistance
2018-19 Housing 4 Texas Heroes Grant
P.O. Box 12277
Austin, Texas 78711-2277

Applications may be delivered via overnight, hand delivery or courier service Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to:
Texas Veterans Commission
Fund for Veterans’ Assistance
2018-19 Housing 4 Texas Heroes Grant
Stephen F. Austin Building
1700 N. Congress Avenue, Suite 800
Austin, Texas 78701

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