The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers various funding programs to veterans and their families. In order to be eligible for veteran benefits, you must be discharged from or an active member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Commissioned officers in eligible government sectors (e.g. Public Health Services, Environmental Science Services, Space Science Services...etc.) are also entitled to receive veteran benefits and grants.

Recent published funding opportunities: (Last updated: 2022-12-02)

Funding Opportunity
Veterans Treatment Court Enhancement Initiative - Phase II

Funding Number: 18CS03
Agency: Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections
Category: Other (see text field entitled Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity for clarification)
Funding Amount: $150,000
Veterans Employment Pay for Success Grant Program

Funding Number: VA VACI 2016 01
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Employment Pay for Success
Category: Employment, Labor and Training
Funding Amount: $3,000,000
Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas

Funding Number: VA HRTG 2016
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs, Chief Business Office
Category: Other (see text field entitled Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity for clarification)
Funding Amount: $50,000
Veterans Cemetery Grants

Funding Number: VA GRANTS NCA FY2017
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs, VA National Cemetery Administration
Category: Community Development
Funding Amount: $45,000,000
BLM-CO Veterans Conservation Initiative

Funding Number: L16AS00232
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
Category: Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $245,000
Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Grant Program

Funding Number: OAO 0010
Agency: Department of Agriculture, DM-Office of Advocacy and Outreach
Category: Agriculture
Funding Amount: $200,000
Veteran and Youth crew Pinyon-Juniper thinning and Hazard Tree Removal Project.

Funding Number: L16AS00181
Agency: DOI-BLM
Category: Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $750,000
BLM-ES, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse ONA Veterans Engagement Program Support

Funding Number: L16AS00134
Agency: DOI-BLM
Category: Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $10,000
Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program

Funding Number: SDVETP 2016 01
Agency: SBA
Category: Business and Commerce
Funding Amount: $150,000
Veterans Trauma Informed Training

Funding Number: 16CS09
Agency: USDOJ-BOP-NIC
Category: Other (see text field entitled Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity for clarification)
Funding Amount: $70,000

 

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Veteran Grants for War-Time Veterans

Some veteran grants and programs require veterans to have participated in the following wars:

  • Mexican Border Period (May 9, 1916 - April 5, 1917)
  • World War I (April 6, 1917 - July 1, 1921)
  • World War II (December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946)
  • Korean War (June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955)
  • Vietnam War (August 5, 1964 - May 7, 1975)
  • Gulf War (August 2, 1990 - End date set by law or Presidential Proclamation)

For veteran grant programs for war-time veterans, applicants must submit their discharge forms: DD-214, DD-215, or WD form.

Veteran Business Grants for Entrepreneurs

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has created a dedicated Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE). The purpose of the program is to assist veterans in starting and expanding their business ventures by fostering entrepreneurs with financial support to promote veteran-owned businesses. In addition to small business grants offered by the SBA (Small Business Administration), veterans are also eligible to apply and receive business grants from CVE.

Government Grants for Homeless Veterans

Veteran housing grants are awarded to veterans for construction, acquisition, and renovation of real estate properties. The veteran housing grant initiative also provides financial aid for transportation by helping veterans to purchase vehicles. According to the Housing and Economic Recovery Act, the amount in veteran housing grants will remain unchanged this fiscal year. Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grants are also available to veterans or service members who have service-connected disabilities to ensure a barrier-free living environment for disabled veterans.

Veteran Education Grants

Veterans and their dependents are eligible to apply and receive veteran education grants. The United States government has launched the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program which will provide financial assistance for higher education not only to the veterans but also to applicable dependents as well. Please do note the funding for dependents will usually last until the date of death of the beneficial veteran.

Veteran education grants are offered for (not limited to) the following coverage:

  • Partial tuition discoun or full coverage t on undergraduate and graduate programs
  • 100% participant in the VA's Yellow Ribbon program
  • Credit for CLEP and DSST examinations
  • Financial aid for military training, studies, and experience

Veteran Health Benefits

In addition to health benefits for regular citizens, the United States government offers health benefits to active and discharged veterans and their dependents. VA honors veterans of all eras for their courage and sacrifice by providing comprehensive medical benefits package to promote, preserve, or restore good health.

 

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