#FundingFriday: Federal Grant Programs Supporting America’s Veterans and Their Families

Funding Friday iconIn this week’s #FundingFriday column, we highlight open opportunities for grant programs serving veterans and their families. Grants featured here aim to support training programs, medical research, veterans home construction, the Wounded Warrior Service Dog Program, and more.


1. Small Business Administration – Veteran Federal Procurement Entrepreneurship Training Program (VFPETP)

This program aims to provide procurement training and management support services to potential veteran and service-disabled veteran candidates seeking training for government contracting opportunities.


2. Department of Defense – Wounded Warrior Service Dog Program

The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) is authorized by 10 USC 2113(g)(1)(A) to make grants to any nonprofit entity for the purpose of carrying out cooperative enterprises in medical research, medical consultation, and medical education. In FY15, USU received congressionally-directed funding to establish the Wounded Warrior Service Dog Program, a competitive grants program that supports nonprofit organizations committed to connecting assistance dogs with service members and veterans. Ten (10) grants were issued to assistance dog nonprofit organizations in FY15. Twenty (20) grants were issued in FY16. USU intends to continue this program in FY17 (subject to availability of funding) by issuing multiple grant awards to assistance dog nonprofit organizations.


3. Department of Veterans Affairs – State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program

This grant program is available to state governments for construction or renovation of state veterans extended care facilities.


4. Department of Defense, Dept. of the Army – DoD USAMRMC FY17 Broad Agency Announcement for Extramural Medical Research

The USAMRMC mission is to provide solutions to medical problems of importance to the American Service member at home and abroad, as well as to the general public at large. The scope of this effort and the priorities attached to specific projects are influenced by changes in military and civilian medical science and technology, operational requirements, military threat assessments, and national defense strategies.


5. Department of Veterans Affairs, VA National Cemetery Administration – Veterans Cemetery Grants

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Cemetery Grants Program was established in 1978 to complement VA’s National Cemetery Administration. The program assists states, territories and federally recognized tribal governments in providing grave sites for Veterans in those areas where VA’s national cemeteries cannot fully satisfy their burial needs. Grants may be used only for the purpose of establishing, expanding or improving Veterans cemeteries that are owned and operated by a state, federally recognized tribal government, or U.S. territory. Aid can be granted only to states, federally recognized tribal government, or U.S. territories.