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AI-12692 2.L.       
Meeting Date: 11/04/2020  
General Assistance Veterans Grant Program
Submitted By: Natalie Eckstrom, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

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RECOMMENDATION
Approve the submission of a grant application for the 2021-2022 General Assistance grant made available through 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: Social Services, Veterans Services, Grants Administration, and the Auditor’s Office. Since that time, the County has received the following additional awards: *2014/2015: $125,000 – accepted by Court on 06/18/14 *2015/2016: $125,000 – accepted by Court on 07/22/15 *2016/2017: $125,000 – accepted by Court on 07/13/16 *2017/2018: $150,000 – accepted by Court on 07/26/17 *2018/2019: $150,000 – accepted by Court on 07/11/18. 2019/2020:$150,000-accepted by Court on 07/10/2019. $150,000-accepted by court on 7/15/20
DISCUSSION
The Texas Veterans Commission announced that applications are being accepted for the 2021-2022 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. Grant applications are due on November 5th 2020 via TVC’s online system; therefore, there is not a draft application to attach to this agenda item. However, attached is the approved application for the current project. The involved departments are requesting some minor changes i.e. increasing maximum amount per client to $2,500 and adding a temporary, part-time employee to assist the Veterans Services Department for this project. The application will total $150,000. No cash match is required for these funds.

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