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Veterans Mental Health Grant

Grants to Texas Nonprofits and Agencies to Provide
Mental Health Services to Veterans and Their Families

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

Deadline Date:

11/05/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Texas nonprofit organizations and government agencies to provide direct mental health services to military veterans and their families. Funding is intended to support two types of service categories: clinical counseling services and peer-support services. The two service categories are designed to collectively provide counseling and treatment to veterans and their families to address diagnosed conditions in order to improve their quality of life, relationships, outlook, and successful integration with their communities.

Clinical Counseling Services: Services and treatment that include evidence-based practices (EBP) for diagnosed conditions or co-occurring conditions including but not limited to:

  • Trauma and stress-related disorders;
  • Anxiety disorders;
  • Mood disorders;
  • Suicide ideation and behaviors;
  • Substance use disorders;
  • Concerns related to identity;
  • Adjustment disorders; and
  • Marriage/family/relationship concerns.

Integrative therapies, non-clinical services, and other activities that complement or support EBP modalities can be included in TVC funded mental health programs and services if they are supervised under the licensure of a licensed mental health professional.

For additional information about clinical counseling, see

Peer-Delivered Services. Services based upon the premise that an individual with a “lived experience,” in this case military service, is uniquely able to contribute to the rehabilitation and recovery of those needing services. Services could include but are not limited to the operation of Peer Networking centers, support groups, information and referral services, information dissemination, advocacy, technical assistance, life skills training, and direct services.

Peer-support services must be supervised by certified peer specialists, social workers, and/or pastoral counselors. Non-trained/certified mentors and volunteer sponsors with shared experiences can provide services under the supervision of a trained/certified peer services provider.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164528

Number of Grants:

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

Estimated Size of Grant:

For funding information, see Page 19 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

Term of Contract:

Grant Funding Period: July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- 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
- Nonprofit organizations authorized to do business in Texas with experience providing services to Veterans

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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The 2021‐2022 Request for Applications webinar covers changes from previous years’ RFAs. Please view the recording for more information.

View the webinar here (registration required):

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 5:00 PM Austin Time, on November 5, 2020.

The FVA Advisory Committee will convene in January 2021 for a public presentation of the Proposed Projects by Applicants. Following that public presentation, the FVA Advisory Committee will convene in March 2021 to make the award recommendations. Additional information on these meetings (specific location and dates) will be available and shared when confirmed. 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 2021 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


Contact Information:

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

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Texas Veterans Commission
P.O. Box 12277
Austin, TX 78711-2277

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