State announces grants available for non-profits that serve veterans

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs plans to award grant money to non-profit organizations throughout the state that assist veterans.

The application window for awards, made through Grants for Veterans Services (GVS), is open through May 15, according to a department press release.

Eligible applicants must be a non-profit organization registered with the Indiana Secretary of State. The organizations must use the money to help veterans in any of the following areas:

• Preventing veteran suicide

• Working to eliminate homelessness

• Preventing near-term homelessness

• Provide assistance concerning safe and secure living conditions

• Provide assistance for veterans moving from public housing programs toward home ownership or long-term rental status

• Provide assistance in finding available state and federal resources

• Provide therapeutic services

• Provide on-the-job training and job search assistance

The state veterans office plans to award grants ranging from $10,000 to $75,000 depending on the volume of eligible applicants, applicants’ needs and the availability of funding.

The awards have “consistently addressed critical veteran needs,” Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs Director Dennis Wimer said. “Last year, the Indiana legislature added the ability to address veteran suicide prevention with the GVS program. We are looking forward to connecting with more organizations across the state who help veterans every day.”

Applications, procedures and documentation should follow Indiana Code, Indiana Administrative Code and Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs policies.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. EST on May 15, and must be submitted online. The grant period of performance will begin July 1.

GVS may only be used to provide services to veterans who reside in the state of Indiana, who have served in any branch of the armed forces of the United States or their reserves, or the Indiana National Guard, and has not received a dishonorable discharge as evidenced by a DD-214 or National Guard Bureau Form 22.

More information and a link to the application can be found on Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs’s homepage.

The department is a state agency with a mission to “Support, Serve, and Advocate for the Indiana Veterans Community,” according to the press release. It aims to make Indiana the choice for veterans to “live, work and thrive.”

For more details, visit in.gov/dva.