HARRISBURG – State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) today reminded area veteran service organizations, non-profits and county directors of veteran affairs that the 2020-21 Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF) is accepting grant applications for programs and services benefiting Pennsylvania veterans.
The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) will administer up to $800,000 in competitive grant funding from the VTF. Applications must be received no later than 2PM EST on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.
“Over the years, veterans’ organizations across Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties have benefited from the Veterans’ Trust Fund,” Sen. Yaw said. “The funding previously awarded has helped with travel, organizing events and getting our local veterans energized. Many of the counties I represent are large counties, so the funding also helps to ensure that no stone is left unturned with making veterans aware of what services are available for them.”
According to the DMVA, VTF grants will be considered in the following areas:
- Up to $650,000 for veterans’ service organizations (VSOs) with 501(c)(19) status under the Internal Revenue Code and non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code that have a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans. Funding priorities for the 2020-21 grant year are programs that address homelessness, behavioral health initiatives or veterans’ courts. The maximum grant request in this category is $50,000.
- Up to $150,000 for grants to the Pennsylvania Association of County Directors of Veterans Affairs or grants to counties, either individually or jointly for multiple counties working together, for programs operated by their County Directors of Veterans Affairs. The priorities for the 2020-21 fiscal year are programs in support of veterans’ outreach and veterans’ courts. The maximum grant request in this category is $20,000 per county.
To learn more about the VTF and the grant application process, visit www.vtf.pa.gov. Questions should be directed to the Division of Grants at RA-MVVetTrustFund@pa.gov or contact Jennifer Snyder at 717-861-6979.
The VTF is funded by generous Pennsylvanians who voluntarily donate when applying for or renewing driver’s licenses, photo IDs or motor vehicle registrations; purchasing Honoring Our Veterans and Honoring Our Women Veterans license plates; or making private donations.
For more state-related news and information, visit Senator Yaw’s website at www.SenatorGeneYaw.com or on Facebook and Twitter @SenatorGeneYaw.
Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff