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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:

10/25/19 5:00 PM


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Grants starting at $5,000 to Texas nonprofit organizations and government agencies to provide direct mental health services for military veterans and their families. Eligible programs may include peer-delivered services, clinical counseling, and non-clinical support services.

The Texas Veterans Commission is authorized to use funds appropriated to the FVA to administer the Fund and make reimbursement grants to address the needs of Veterans and their families. Projects funded under the Veterans Mental Health Grant program should emphasize direct services to veterans and their families and include the following service categories:

Clinical Counseling Services. Services that involve interaction with or supervision by licensed mental health professionals. Services may include, but are not limited to: clinical counseling, group sessions, Veteran family member counseling, Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) services, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) services, co-occurring diagnosis counseling, or other types of counseling.

Please note: applicants will be responsible for providing documentation regarding the licensure of mental health professionals providing services through the Project.

Non-Clinical Support Services. Mental health services provided by a non-licensed mental health professional. Services may include, but are not limited to therapeutic equine, canine or other animal therapy, music, play or dance therapy, personal improvement workshops.

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: operation of Peer Networking centers, support groups, information and referral services, information dissemination, outreach, advocacy, technical assistance, training, and direct services.

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 Clinical Counseling Services and Peer-Delivered 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 this grant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164528

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Number of Grants:

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

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requested grant amounts must be one of the specific grant amounts listed:
- $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:
- 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.

For prohibited uses of funds, see:

Pre-Application Information:

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

Organizations will only be awarded one FVA Veterans Mental Health grant during this cycle. An organization may not have overlapping or concurrent FVA Veterans Mental Health Grants.

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.

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

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All questions pertaining to the RFA must be submitted to with “2020-21 Veterans Mental Health Question” in the subject line of the email. Responses will be posted on the TVC GovGrants portal FAQs tab.

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

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USA: Texas