HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) today announced the availability of up to $550,000 in competitive grants from the Veterans' Trust Fund (VTF).
"The goal of the Veterans' Trust Fund is to build and expand partnerships with charitable organizations, veterans service organizations and county directors of veterans affairs," said Brig. Gen. Jerry G. Beck Jr., deputy adjutant general for veterans affairs. "By awarding these grants in specific areas of emphasis, we can ensure that organizations who serve our veterans will be able to continue their good work."
Grants will be considered in the following areas:
- Up to $400,000 in competitive grants to 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 disorder (PTSD), employment and workforce development initiatives, 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 $830,000 has been awarded in competitive grants.
"The source of funds in the Veterans' Trust Fund has grown significantly thanks to 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," Beck 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, Feb. 5, 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 made to: PA Veterans' Trust Fund, Bldg. 0-47 Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Joan Nissley, 717-861-8720
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; Pennsylvania Veterans' Trust Fund