ODVA Now Accepting Proposals for Veteran Services Grant

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Nearly $1 Million in Grants Available for Services Supporting Oregon Veterans

The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is pleased to announce it is now accepting proposals for a new round of Veteran Services Grant funding aimed at expanding outreach and services available to veterans in Oregon’s rural and urban communities. The 2023 Legislature approved $ 947,556 to fund organizations that provide direct services to veterans.

The Veteran Services Grant Program awards grants up to $250,000 to organizations through a competitive grant process. Eligible proposals must provide direct services, at no cost to veterans, that help improve outcomes in areas such as health or behavioral health care, housing security and homelessness, employment opportunities or stability, education and training resources, transportation accessibility and availability, or other critical services within a community. Organizations eligible to apply for this grant include tribal, regional or local governments; Oregon quasi-public agencies; Oregon intergovernmental entities formed under Oregon Revised Statute 190; and private non-profit organizations designated as a 501(c)(3), 501 (c)(19) or 501(c)(23) tax exempt organizations.

ODVA is committed to providing equitable access to services and supports. Proposers are encouraged to serve historically underrepresented veterans including racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse, LGBTQ+, individuals with disabilities, women, student, aging, and houseless, and justice involved veterans.

“Our call for proposals for the Veteran Services Grant is not just an announcement; it’s a call to action,” said ODVA Director Kelly Fitzpatrick.  “It’s an invitation for our dedicated community partners to collaborate with us in this mission to ensure veterans have the support needed in order to thrive in Oregon.”

A webinar will be hosted at 10:00 a.m. on September 22, 2023, to provide additional information about the application process.  Submit an Intent to Apply to register for the webinar and to receive additional information and any updates about the Veteran Service Grant during this open proposal opportunity.

The 2023 Veteran Services Grant application window closes at 11:59 p.m.  October 23, 2023.

Contact ODVA Grants Coordinator Brenna Bandstra at brenna.bandstra@odva.oregon.gov or 971-388-8204 with questions.

To learn more about the Veteran Services Grant  and funding criteria, visit ODVA’s website at www.oregon.gov/odva/agency-programs/grants/Pages/Veteran-Services-Grant.aspx

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Established in 1945, the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is dedicated to serving Oregon’s diverse veteran community that spans five eras of service members. ODVA administers programs and provides special advocacy and assistance in accessing earned veteran benefits -across the state. Learn about veteran benefits and services, or locate a local county or tribal veteran service office online at oregon.gov/odva.

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