Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 15 Pennsylvania counties’ Veterans Affairs Offices will receive $150,000 in grants and 17 charitable or veteran service organizations will receive $500,000 in grants from the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF). The VTF is administered by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA).
“These grants illustrate how committed the residents of this commonwealth are when it comes to supporting our veterans,” said Governor Wolf. “Without the willingness of so many Pennsylvanians to voluntarily make donations, the Veterans’ Trust Fund would not be able to deliver the same level of funding to the agencies and non-profit organizations that are working day-to-day and face-to-face with the veterans, and know their immediate needs.”
The grants are funded by generous Pennsylvanians who voluntarily made a $3 donation when applying for or renewing their driver’s license or photo ID and renewing a motor vehicle registration, proceeds from the sale of the Honoring Our Veterans license plate and private donations. Since the grant program began in 2013, a total of $2,032,860 has been awarded to organizations providing services to veterans in Pennsylvania.
DMVA received applications requesting $191,717.54 in funding for County Offices of Veterans Affairs. Grant applications totaling $2,687,064.19 in funding were received from 80 charitable or veteran service organizations. Grantees slated to receive funding identified $927,803 in matching funds pledged toward grant-funded initiatives. Combined with the VTF grants, this will result in more than $1.5 million for veterans’ initiatives during the next two years.
“The services these grants allow for are not only appreciated by Pennsylvania’s veterans, they are necessary to improve their quality of life,” said Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general. “Whether it is for transportation to medical care, housing for the homeless, access to a service dog, or any type of emergency assistance, every single donor should feel good that their contribution is bringing much-needed relief to veterans and their families.”
Up to a total of $150,000 in grant funding was available for new, innovative or expanded programs or services provided by County Directors of Veterans Affairs or the Pennsylvania Association of County Directors of Veterans Affairs. The two areas of emphasis for grantees in this category were veterans’ outreach and veterans’ courts. The grantees are:
- Armstrong County Office of Veterans Affairs: $3,000 for expanded veterans’ outreach
- Beaver County Office of Veterans Affairs: $7,500 to enhance outreach for veterans
- Bedford County Office of Veterans Affairs: $8,200 for veterans’ outreach services
- Cambria County Office of Veterans Affairs: $15,000 for veteran treatment court services
- Carbon County Office of Veterans Affairs: $1,600 for veterans’ service dog program
- Clinton County Office of Veterans Affairs: $15,000 for veterans’ treatment courts
- Dauphin County Office of Veterans Affairs: $12,500 for veteran identification cards and expanded outreach services
- Fayette County Office of Veterans Affairs: $12,500 for veterans’ outreach
- Franklin County Office of Veterans Affairs: $15,000 for Save-A-Pet Save-A-Vet program
- Lackawanna County Office of Veterans Affairs: $15,000 to enhance its veterans’ treatment court services and mentoring program
- Lawrence County Office of Veterans Affairs: $3,000 for veterans’ outreach
- McKean County Office of Veterans Affairs: $1,700 for an accessible walkway at the County Memorial Wall
- Monroe County Office of Veterans Affairs: $10,000 for emergency assistance to veterans and their families
- Union County and Snyder County Offices of Veterans Affairs (joint application): $30,000 to expand outreach services for veterans
The VTF grant also identified up to a total of $500,000 in funding available to veteran service organizations and 501(c)(3) charitable organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans. Funding priorities for eligible grantees in this category were veterans’ programs focused on homelessness, post-traumatic stress injury, behavioral health initiatives, unique veteran health services or other programs addressing newly identified, unmet or emerging needs of veterans and their families. Grants are being awarded to:
- American Legion Post 210, Doylestown (Bucks County): $1,960 for a veterans’ expo
- Butler County Veterans In Need, Valencia (Butler County): $27,000 to assist veterans in need of housing and provide financial assistance
- Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Harrisburg (Dauphin County): $20,000 for its MilitaryShare program
- Community Hope, d/b/a Hope for Veterans, Allentown (Lehigh County): $50,000 to provide low-income veteran families with financial assistance
- Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh (Allegheny County): $29,000 to provide veterans with free, reliable transportation for medical or employment services
- Heroes Supporting Heroes, Oakdale (Allegheny County): $50,000 for home repair services to veterans in need
- Military Assistance Project, Philadelphia (Philadelphia County): $24,802 to provide free legal services to veterans
- Pennsylvania Veterans Assistance Fund, Beaver Falls (Beaver County): $5,000 for services related to veteran homelessness, post-traumatic stress and chemical exposure
- Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Camp Hill (Cumberland County): $35,000 for emergency financial assistance to veterans in need
- Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House, Philadelphia (Philadelphia County): $39,000 to provide transition housing services to homeless veterans
- Union Mission, Latrobe (Westmoreland County): $18,366 to provide homeless veterans with housing
- Veteran Community Initiatives, Johnstown (Cambria County): $40,000 for a veterans’ court program encompassing law enforcement, veterans’ organizations and the county
- Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh (Allegheny County): $50,000 to provide veterans and their families with emergency assistance
- Veterans Multi-Service Center, Philadelphia (Philadelphia County): $24,990 for its women veterans’ program
- Veterans Multi-Service Center, Philadelphia (Philadelphia County): $24,882 for services to homeless veterans
- Vietnam Veterans of America, Johnstown (Cambria County): $30,000 for emergency assistance to veterans
- Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg (Dauphin County): $30,000 to support homeless veterans’ reintegration back into society
All grant awards are contingent upon the completion of a fully executed grant agreement.
The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is authorized to solicit and accept donations to the VTF on behalf of the commonwealth. Tax-deductible donations can be made online at www.donate.dmva.pa.gov or mailed to: PA Veterans’ Trust Fund, Bldg. 0-47 Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003.
To learn more about the VTF, visit www.vtf.pa.gov or follow DMVA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/padmva.
MEDIA CONTACT: J.J. Abbott, Governor's Office - 717-783-1116; Joseph Butera, DMVA - 717-861-2178
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