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AI-12183 2.G.       
Meeting Date: 07/15/2020  
2020/2021 Veterans Grant Award
Submitted By: Natalie Eckstrom, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

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RECOMMENDATION
Ratify the execution of a Notice of Grant Award from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance Grant Program for the 2020-2021 General Assistance 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: 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.  On July 11, 2018, the Court ratified the acceptance of a sixth grant award also in the amount of $150,000. On July 10, 2019, the Court ratified the acceptance of a seventh grant award also in the amount of $150,000.
DISCUSSION
On October 19, 2019,  the Commissioners Court authorized the submission of a grant application in the amount of $150,000.  These funds are used to provide emergency financial assistance to eligible veterans, surviving spouses, and dependents in the form of rental/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, burial assistance, food, and transportation.  

No cash match is required for these funds. The grant has been awarded and began on July 1, 2020.  The end date will be June 30, 2021.

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