Certain nonprofit organizations have until Jan. 9 to submit applications for state government funding to support veterans.

The Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance grant program announced earlier this month that three separate requests for applications are now open for general assistance, veterans mental health and Housing4TexasHeroes grants totaling $7 million in available funds. The commission is encouraging all eligible applicants to apply for this funding.

“This is the first time that all three grant opportunities have been available during the same period and will help veterans across the state,” said Thomas P. Palladino, executive director of the commission. “Through the support and collaboration with the Texas Department of State Health Services, we are able to provide a specific grant to those organizations seeking to fund veterans mental health projects, and we are pleased that the 83rd Legislature continued support for Housing4TexasHeroes grant.”

Eligible grant applicants are local governments, 501(c)(19) posts or organizations of past or present members of the Armed Forces, 501(c)(3) private nonprofit corporations authorized to conduct business in Texas, and Texas chapters of 501(c)(4) veterans service organizations.

Through these grants, to date, the commission awarded $32.9 million in 168 grants to 104 different local organizations serving Texas veterans and their families through veteran-specific programs and services. As of Sept. 30, these organizations served 167,804 Texas veterans and dependents.

All funds are reimbursement grants with minimum award of $5,000 and a maximum award of $500,000. The number of awards will be dependent upon the grant amounts awarded to eligible applicants.

For more information, go to http://tvc.texas.gov/Apply-For-A-Grant.aspx.

Individuals can support these types of local organizations by making an online donation through www.tvc.texas.gov or on their vehicle registration form by specifying an amount at the bottom right corner of the form.

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