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Grants: Programs for Veterans

Wed, Jun 27, 2018 @ 10:06 AM / by Vickie Garton-Gundling

The American flag calls to mind the many military veterans who have served our country.It’s almost July 4th, a time when Americans celebrate independence. We remember the many brave men and women throughout our country’s history and today—our military veteranswho fight to protect our freedom. Veterans and their families need support in a variety of areas, including housing, healthcare, and work opportunities post-service.  Non-profit organizations interested in providing such services and programs can find many funding opportunities. Some examples appear below.

Department of Veterans Affairs: Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 39,471 veterans are homeless each night (2016).  To help reduce these numbers, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs offers grants to community agencies that provide supportive housing or other services that help homeless veterans achieve residential permanence and financial autonomy within two years. As the program name suggests, this program offers two types of funding: grant and per diem.

Grants are awarded for up to 65% of the costs to construct, update, or obtain buildings for temporary housing or service centers for homeless veterans. Though the grants may not be used for operational costs, the per diem funding can, include salaries. Per diem award amounts are up to a maximum of $45.79 per day per veteran housed. The grant and per diem programs are separate applications, but preference for per diem funding will be given, so it is in an organization’s best interest to apply to both the grant and per diem programs, if applicable.

New for 2018, the program structure is changing to require all previous grant and per diem recipients to re-apply rather than have their funding automatically renewed for a set period of time. This opens the field for those who have not applied before.  Keep an eye out for the 2018 opening period and deadline information.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

This Foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations that help underserved and economically disadvantaged populations, especially groups that include senior citizens. One of their specific areas of giving is veteran assistance, and funding is available for any program that delivers positive long-term and measurable outcomes for veterans in need.  Established U.S. non-profits that have been operating for at least three years and have available, audited records of their financial statements are eligible to apply.

Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) are accepted on a rolling basis through mail and email, but only letters at or under 3 pages will be reviewed. Applicants invited to complete a grant proposal based on their LOI submission will have 60 days to complete their full proposal using the “Veterans Grant Application” on the Foundation’s “How to Apply” [make link] page. There are no “typical” award amounts for grants through this Foundation; awards are dictated by the project’s financials and the Foundation’s current monetary resources for the focus area of each application.

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

Similar to the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, this Foundation funds projects for a variety of vulnerable populations, including military veterans and their families. All applicant organizations and proposed programs for the military veteran focus must prioritize transition services that lead to long-term benefits and solutions for struggling U.S. veterans and their families.  This Foundation does not fund nationally but limits its grant awards to organizations serving the Western U.S. and British Columbia. While this Foundation offers both program and operational funding only to non-profit organizations, other entities can apply if they secure a non-profit organization partner to be their fiscal sponsor.  Full proposal submission is by invitation only, but potential applicants can submit Letters of Inquiry (LOI) throughout the year. Those applicants invited to complete a proposal based on their submitted LOI will normally receive notification from the Foundation within six weeks. Grants are usually awarded for an initial period of one year only. And while this Foundation does not publish typical grant award amounts, it typically awards amounts in the average range for an organization’s individual grants received from other institutions.

Home Depot's Veteran Housing Grants

This program funds non-profit organizations for building or repairing permanent or transitional housing for veterans.  Only non-profits with established experience developing and managing veteran housing and an operating budget above $300,000 per year may apply. Grants are usually for between $100,000 and $500,000, though the requested amount must be less than 50% of the project’s overall development costs. Grant proposals are accepted online any time of the year, but deadlines of March 16th, July 13th, and December 1st are used to match Home Depot’s thrice-yearly review schedule.



Excited to start making a different in the lives of U.S. veterans in need?  The Grant Helpers can assist you in your grant search and application process. Contact us today for a free consultation to get started.

Photo Credit: Julian Carvajal
Reference: National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

Topics: veterans grants, grants for veterans, programs for veterans, funding for veterans, homeless veterans grants

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