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General Assistance Grant

Grants to Texas Nonprofits and Agencies
for Assistance to Veterans and Their Families

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Texas Veterans Commission (TVC)

Deadline Date:

11/16/18 5:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants starting at $5,000 to Texas nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies for assistance to veterans and their families. Funding is intended for emergency assistance, family and children's services, transportation, legal services (excluding criminal defense), employment, training, education, and the development of professional services networks.

Project Service Category descriptions are:

- Employment: This includes job skills and training programs, job search services and other employment-related services. Applicants are to review current programs offered by TVC to ensure Proposed Projects do not duplicate services currently provided by TVC.
- Family Services: Services may include youth programs, family programs, reintegration, and deployment readiness programs. May not include Mental Health components as part of services provided.
- Financial Assistance: Emergency financial assistance that is short-term and temporary in nature, such as, a one-time utility payment, one-time rental payment, transportation assistance, or child care.
- Legal: This includes legal aid, legal clinics and other legal services other than Veterans Courts. This service category does NOT include criminal defense or Veterans Courts as defined in the Texas Government Code, Chapter 124.
- Referral: This category includes those programs that provide information and referral programs.
- Supportive Services: This category is for support services such as elder care, food delivery programs, financial counseling, and case management. Pre-paid service cards, such as gas, groceries, and department store-related cards are NOT allowable. May not include Mental Health components as part of services provided.
- Transportation: May include transportation assistance and transportation programs. Pre-paid gas or pre-paid service cards, cash or cash equivalents are NOT allowable.

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. These priorities are:

- Service Categories
Priority will be given to the following service categories:
Financial Assistance
Supportive Services

- 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 the grant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164527

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$26,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

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

Term of Contract:

Grants awarded will begin on July 1, 2019 and end on June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Please note: 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 Appendix I – The Application from any contracted services.

Restrictions for Financial Assistance grants: Financial assistance payments should only be made if the organization verifies that the Beneficiary is the named person on the utility, rent agreement, mortgage, or other bill presented. Financial assistance payments are not to be made to the Beneficiary, but to the vendor. Medical expenses and child support payments are NOT considered for financial assistance. Gift cards, pre-paid gas cards, other pre-paid service cards, cash or cash equivalents are NOT allowable. May not include Mental Health components as part of services provided. One-time assistance payments shall not cover more than six months. Proposed Projects that include provision of more than one-time emergency rental or mortgage assistance may not be considered for funding under this RFA.

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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Application Webinar and Questions

The webinars were tentatively scheduled for 10 am, Sep 6, 2018 and 10 am, Oct 4, 2018. The presentation was 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.

Webinar Slides can be found here:
https://www.tvc.texas.gov/grants-funding/applicant-grantee-resources-2/

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: November 16, 2018, 5:00 PM

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.

Timeline for 2019-20 H4TXH Grant Applications:
- Sept 8, 2018 2019-20 RFA opens
- Sep 6 or Oct 4, 2018 Informational application webinar.
- November 16, 2018 All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Austin, Texas.
- January 28-29, 2019 All eligible organizations may present their application to the FVA Advisory Committee in Austin, Texas. Additional information will be posted on the website at a later date. This date is subject to change. Please check the FVA website.
- March 2019 Funding Recommendation meeting. FVA Advisory Committee meets in Austin, Texas. Additional information will be posted on the website at a later date. This date is subject to change. Please check the FVA website.
- May 2019 TVC Commission meeting. Austin, Texas. Additional information will be available at a later date. This date is subject to change. Please check the FVA website.
- June 2019 Notice of Grant Awards to be sent to funded organizations.
- July 1, 2019 Grant Funding Period begins.
- July 2019 Mandatory grantee training. Additional information will be available at a later date.
- June 30, 2020 Grant Funding Period ends.

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.

Applications must be submitted by November 16, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. through the TVC GovGrants portal. Only applications submitted via the portal will be considered for funding.

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

Austin Headquarters
Texas Veterans Commission
Stephen F. Austin Bldg.
1700 N. Congress Ave., Suite 800
Austin, Texas 78701
grants@tvc.texas.gov

Phone: (512) 463-6564
Fax: (512) 475-2395

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas