Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) - Fund for Veterans' Assistance (FVA)
11/16/18 5:00 PM
Grants starting at $5,000 to Texas nonprofit organizations and government agencies to provide mental health services for veterans and their families. Priority will be given to programs providing peer-delivered services and clinical counseling 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#: 164528
Eligible Applicants are encouraged to request a specific funding amount from the options below.
Grants awarded under this RFA will begin on July 1, 2019 and end on June 30, 2020. Reimbursement will only be made for those allowable expenses that occur within the term of this grant. No pre-award spending will be allowed.
1. Units of local government;
2. IRS Code § 501(c)(19) Posts or organizations of past or present members of the Armed Forces;
3. IRS Code § 501(c)(3) private nonprofit organizations authorized to do business in Texas;
4. Texas chapters of IRS Code § 501(c)(4) Veterans service organizations; or
5. Non-profit organizations authorized to do business in Texas with experience providing services to Veterans.
Not Eligible to Apply:
2. For-profit entities;
3. Units of federal or state government, including state agencies, colleges, and universities;
4. Organizations that have not fulfilled or maintained 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.
Prohibited Uses of Funds
- Supplanting of Funds: A grant made to a unit of local government is intended to provide services and/or assist Veterans and their families through the existing structure of the organization. It is not the intent of this grant to supplant existing funds, but to supplement existing funding.
- Duplication of Services: Grant funds are not to be used to conduct activities or to provide services that are the same as those currently provided by the Texas Veterans Commission. However, grant funds may be used to conduct activities or provide services that complement those provided by the Texas Veterans Commission. Services provided by the Texas Veterans Commission include Claims Representation and Counseling, Education, Employment, Women Veterans, Veterans Mental Health, Healthcare Advocacy, and Veteran Entrepreneur Programs.
- Duplication of Contracted Services: 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.
- Sub-Grants: Sub-Granting is an award made by a Grantee to another organization or agency using FVA grant funds. This is prohibited under Texas Administrative Code, Title 40, Part 15, Section 460.10(2).
- Capital Expenditures: Capital expenditures are those expenditures of tangible personal property having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost which equals or exceeds the lesser of the capitalization level established by the organization for financial statement purposes, or $5,000. 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 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 – 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.
Information Session Webinar:
See here for details on the webinars that took place on September 6 and October 4: https://www.tvc.texas.gov/grants-funding/applicant-grantee-resources-2/
Register to view the September 6 webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/5512738389692115719
Register to view the October 4 webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/4985429106304472840
See Supporting Documents below for the Webinar slides.
Applications must be submitted by November 16, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. through the TVC GovGrants portal.
The FVA Advisory Committee will convene in Austin, Texas on or about January 29, 2019 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 2019 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 2019 for the Commission’s award decision. Additional information on this meeting will be made available at a later date.
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.
FVA grants are awarded on a cost reimbursement basis. Under the cost reimbursement method of funding, a Grantee is required to finance its operations with its own working capital with grant payments made to reimburse the Grantee for actual cash disbursements supported by adequate documentation as prescribed by the FVA.
Awarded Applicants will be required to participate in training. This training will be conducted remotely either via webinar or conference call, or in some instances FVA staff may conduct an onsite training visit at the Awarded Applicant’s facility. Training costs related to FVA Grant training do not need to be included in the budget for the Proposed Project.
Timeline for 2019-20 Grant Applications - The dates listed in this RFA are subject to change. Please check the FVA website for updated information.
- September 8, 2018 2018-2019 RFA opens with the RFA posted at www.tvc.texas.gov/Apply-For-AGrant.aspx and the GovGrants portal funding opportunities available.
- Sep 6, Oct 4, 2018 Informational application webinars. Additional information will be posted on the website. These dates are subject to change. Please check the FVA website.
- Nov 16, 2018 All applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., Central Standard Time.
- January 28-29, 2019 All eligible organizations may present their application to the FVA Advisory Committee in Austin. 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
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Grants portal: https://tvcportal.force.com/
All questions pertaining to this RFA must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with “2019-20 Veterans Treatment Court Question” in the subject line of the email.
Texas Veterans Commission
PO Box 12277
Austin, TX 78711-2277