– Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, is encouraging nonprofits and veterans organizations to apply for supplemental grant funding through the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA).
This week, DMVA announced that the 2021-22 Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF) is currently accepting supplemental grant applications for programs and services benefiting Pennsylvania veterans. Grant applications must be received no later than 2 p.m. on Wednesday June 1.
“According to DMVA, the supplemental grants are the result of continued generous public donations to the VTF,” said Boback. “The funding will go toward much-needed programs that benefit Pennsylvania veterans and their loved ones.”
VTF funding is available to veteran service organizations with 501(c)(19) status and nonprofit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans granted 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code. Funding priorities for applicants in this category are employment and education, behavioral health initiatives, and other programs or services that address unmet needs of veterans and their families.
The VTF is funded by Pennsylvanians residents who voluntarily donate when applying for or renewing driver’s licenses, photo IDs or motor vehicle registrations; purchase Honoring Our Veterans standard and motorcycle license plates; purchase Honoring our Women Veterans standard license plates; or make private donations.
Since the grant program began in 2013, 205 grants totaling nearly $5.2 million have been awarded to organizations providing services to veterans in Pennsylvania.
To learn more about the VTF and the grant application process, visit vtf.pa.gov