TheGrantHelpers.com has recently had an increased interest in grants for veterans. This topic can be a very broad category, as there are many different types of programs and services for veterans and their families.
In this blog, we highlight a few of the various funding sources for veterans, along with a short summary of what each source funds. We also offer additional resources for veterans. If you are interested in learning more about additional funding sources or specific grant programs for veterans, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) awards grants of up to $250,000 to organizations with a 501(c)(3) tax exemption status. For 2014, WWP is focusing on four categories of needs: engagement, body, mind, and economic empowerment. WWP considers grant requests for operating costs, organizational overhead, and other capital costs, as well as various other programs.
WWP does not provide grants to individuals. However, it does have the WWP Resource Center, where service members, veterans, and their family members can learn more about financial assistance that is available through Operation Homefront.
For additional information, including who and what projects are eligible for WWP grants, please visit the WWP website.
The Disabled Veterans National Foundation’s (DVNF) Organizational Grants program provides grants to “like-minded organizations who provide support to veterans and disabled veterans alike.” Organizational grants are used to fund programs or initiatives that require outside funding. Some examples from previously funded projects include PTSD therapy initiatives, veteran entrepreneurship programs, and homeless veteran programs.
There are two application cycles each year: February 1 – May 1, with notifications and awards made by June 1; and August 1 – November 1, with notifications and awards made by December.
DVNF also has a Health & Comfort Program, which supports aid to veterans who are disabled, low-income, or homeless by providing in-kind support in the form of food, water, clothing, health and hygiene items, etc. This program may provide grants to individuals for housing costs and other items or organizations who help veterans. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
The U.S. Department of Labor funds several programs for veterans. These programs include the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program, Veterans Workforce Investment Program, Stand Down, and Incarcerated Veterans’ Transition Program. Eligible applicants include “State and Local Workforce Investment Boards, Public agencies, non-profit organizations, including faith-based and community-based and neighborhood partnerships.” To learn more about each program, please see the specific program’s website.
The Veterans Support Foundation (VSF) provides funding to support veteran-related projects. Priority is given to matching fund projects. Grant requests greater than $25,000 are discouraged, and the application deadline is March 31 of each year.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization hosts the Veteran Entrepreneur Portal (VEP). This website makes it easier for veteran entrepreneurs to find “best-practices” and information on other business-related matters.
Finding grants for for-profit businesses can be a rarity, although this is a common topic that TheGrantHelpers.com encounters. Businesses that hire veterans could be eligible for tax credits, which may free up some of the monies for which the businesses wanted grants.
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