Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) announced the availability of up to $650,000 in competitive grants from the Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF).
“We’re building and expanding partnerships with charitable organizations, veterans service organizations and county directors of veterans affairs through the Veterans’ Trust Fund,” said Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general. “The grants that we are awarding will ensure that the organizations who serve our veterans will be able to continue their good work and Pennsylvania’s veterans and their families will soon be the fortunate beneficiaries.”
Grants will be considered in the following areas:
- Up to $500,000 in competitive grants to 501(c)(19) veterans service organizations and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans, focusing on four areas of emphasis: homelessness; post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI); behavioral health initiatives; unique veteran health services; and other programs or services that address newly identified, unmet or emerging needs of veterans and their families.
- Up to $150,000 in competitive grants to County Directors of Veterans Affairs or the Pennsylvania Association of County Directors of Veterans’ Affairs, focusing on three areas of emphasis: veteran outreach initiatives; veterans’ court initiatives; and other programs or services that address newly identified, unmet or emerging needs of veterans and their families.
Since the VTF was established in 2012, more than $1.4 million has been awarded in competitive grants.
“The Veterans’ Trust Fund has grown considerably and that is due to the generous Pennsylvanians who have voluntarily made a $3 donation when applying for or renewing their driver’s license or photo ID and renewing a motor vehicle registration, as well as proceeds from the sale of the Honoring our Veterans license plates for cars and motorcycles,” Carrelli added.
Grant information can be found at www.vtf.pa.gov. Grant applications must be received at DMVA by 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, November 18, 2016. Late submissions will be administratively rejected without review.
DMVA is authorized to solicit and accept donations to the VTF on behalf of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Tax-deductible donations to the VTF can be sent to: Veterans’ Trust Fund, Bldg. 0-47 Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003.