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AI- 8873   4. B. 1.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 10/25/2017  
2018-2019 General Assistance grant
Submitted By: Natalie Eckstrom, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

Discuss and consider authorizing the submission of a grant application for the 2018-2019 General Assistance grant made available through the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance Grant Program.
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: Social Services, Veterans Services, Grants Administration, and the Auditor’s Office.

On June 18, 2014, the Commissioners Court accepted a second grant award in the amount of $125,000. On July 22, 2015, the Court ratified the acceptance of a third grant award also in the amount of $125,000. A fourth grant award was accepted on July 13, 2016. A fifth grant award in the amount of $150,000 was accepted on July 26, 2017.
The Texas Veterans Commission announced that applications are being accepted for the 2018-2019 Fund for Veterans’ Assistance grant program. Previous grantees are encouraged to apply for continued funding for the current program. The previous projects were successful in assisting over 2,000 veterans and their families in their time of financial need and the current project has been even more successful. More recently, the County added burial assistance services to its list of client services available as well as an income exception for those affected by natural disasters such as a hurricane.

Grant applications are due on October 26, 2017. The application will total $150,000. No cash match is required for these funds. The grant, if awarded, will begin on July 1, 2018 and end on June 30, 2019.

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