The Request for Applications (RFA) will openJanuary 25, 2013, and applications are due by February 28, 2013, at 4:00 p.m.
The Texas Veterans Commission will award $3 million in grants to programs based on established priorities, including outstanding grant applications andthe service categories of financial assistance, counseling, and housing. Also the Commission will prioritize programs that provide widespread distribution of grants across the state as well as varied services in geographic areas to ensure no over-saturation or duplication of services in areas of the state.
Organizations that provide transportation to medical facilities, counseling for Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), and legal assistancemay also apply to receive funding.
"Through the generous contributions of all those interested in helping Texas Veterans, we have been able to help over 135,000 Veterans and their families through 85 grantees dedicated to Veteran support," says Thomas Palladino, TVC Executive Director. "We are excited to receive new applications for funding and continue the mission of serving Veterans and their families in Texas."
Eligible grant applicants are local governments, 501(c)(19) posts or organizations of past or present members of the Armed Forces, 501(c)(3) private nonprofit corporations authorized to conduct business in Texas, and Texas chapters of 501(c)(4) Veterans service organizations.
The Texas lottery scratch-off game, Veterans Cash, is the primary funding source for the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans' Assistance and has generated millions of dollars since the game's introduction in November2009.
Individuals can also support the Fund for Veterans' Assistance by making an online donation through www.tvc.texas.gov or on their vehicle registration form by specifying an amount at the bottom right corner of the form.
Donations to the Fund for Veterans'Assistance are tax deductible under the provisions of Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.