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AI- 3569   4. C. 2.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 08/08/2012  
Submission of Veterans Grant Application
Submitted By: Roxana Hunt, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

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RECOMMENDATION
Discuss and consider authorizing the submission of a grant application for the Texas Veterans Commission Fund, Veterans’ Assistance Grant Program.
BACKGROUND
The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) has a Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) grant program. The Texas Legislature created the FVA to provide grants to address the needs of veterans, their families, and survivors and to enhance veterans’ assistance programs, including veterans’ representation and counseling. The FVA receives funding from generous individual and corporation donations, the Texas Veteran’s lottery scratch-off game, directed contributions from the State Employee Charitable Campaign, and donations from motor vehicle registrations.

On February 1, 2012, the Commissioners Court accepted a grant award from the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance in the amount of $150,000. The objective of the grant project was to provide limited emergency assistance for veterans and their families. The current grant project is a collaboration of several County departments: Human Services, Veterans Services, and Grants Administration.
DISCUSSION
On July 13, 2012, the Texas Veterans Commission announced that applications are being accepted for the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance grant program. Previous grantees are encouraged to apply for continued funding for the current program. Therefore, the grant application for the new round of funding will be based on how the program is currently operating.

Grant applications are due no later than Tuesday, August 7th. The grant application and project details are currently being worked on. Attached to this agenda item is an incomplete copy of the application. The grant, if awarded, will begin on January 1, 2013 and end on December 31, 2013.

Budget Information
Information about available funds
Budgeted: Funds Available: Adjustment: Amount Available:
Unbudgeted: Funds NOT Available: Amendment:
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Fund Transfers
Fiscal Impact:
TVC funds FVA grants on a cost reimbursement basis. There is no cash match required for this grant. The minimum funding amount is $10,000 and the maximum is $1,000,000. Grant funds must supplement and not supplant activities, programs, and services conducted with other funds. The actual grant amount to be requested has not yet been determined at this time.

Attachments
Veterans Grant Application

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