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AI- 5014   4. M.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 01/22/2014  
Ratify submission of Veterans Grant application
Submitted By: Maria Medrano, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

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RECOMMENDATION
Ratify the submission of a grant application for the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for 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 project was a collaboration of several County departments: Human Services, Veterans Services, and Grants Administration.
DISCUSSION
The Texas Veterans Commission announced that applications are being accepted for the Series XIV-B Fund for Veterans’ Assistance grant program. Previous grantees are encouraged to apply for continued funding for the current program. The previous project was successful in assisting about 200 veterans in their time of financial need.

Grant applications were due on January 9, 2014. The application totaled $125,000. No cash match is required for these funds. The grant, if awarded, will begin on July 1, 2014 and end on June 30, 2015.

Budget Information
Information about available funds
Budgeted: Funds Available: Adjustment: Amount Available:
Unbudgeted: Funds NOT Available: Amendment:
Account Code(s) for Available Funds
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Fund Transfers

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Veterans Grant application

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