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AI- 4060   4. B. 1.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 01/30/2013  
Amendment No. 1 for the Veterans Assistance Grant
Submitted By: Monica Reyes, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

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RECOMMENDATION
Discuss and consider the execution of Amendment No. 1 to the grant agreement with the Texas Veterans Commission for the Fund for Veterans Assistance Program (Grant No. FVA_12_0070).
BACKGROUND
On January 18, 2012, Commissioners Court accepted and executed a grant agreement with the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) grant program (Grant No. FVA_12_0070). The grant project is a collaboration of several County departments: Human Services, Veterans Services, and Grants Administration. This project specifically targets veterans and their dependents to provide financial assistance in specific areas when needed. All veterans in Nueces County can apply for assistance and are approved based on already established income guidelines and criteria developed by Human Services.

The total grant award is $150,000. There is no cash match required for this grant.
DISCUSSION
The Veterans Assistance Grant Program has been successful and the performance benchmarks (number of clients) have been consistently met on a monthly basis. However, the expenditure benchmarks (amount spent) for this grant has been a little lower than projected in the grant contract. Therefore, an amendment was requested to extend the grant period for an additional six months to allow time to fully expend all the grant funds.

The grant’s budget was based on the number of clients projected to be served multiplied by a $1,000 cap per applicant. Some clients do not require the entire $1,000 available, causing the expenditure benchmark to be less than expected.

Amendment No. 1 revises the grant agreement to extend the grant period to July 31, 2013. The grant award amount of $150,000 remains unchanged and there is no cash match required.

Budget Information
Information about available funds
Budgeted: Funds Available: Adjustment: Amount Available:
Unbudgeted: Funds NOT Available: Amendment:
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Attachments
Grant Amendment #1

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