Grants for the Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot
This program provides funds for a two-year pilot program with an objective of using grants to assess the feasibility of using community-based organizations and local, State, and Tribal government entities to provide outreach, to increase the coordination and availability of health care and benefits, to increase the availability of high quality medical and mental health services, and to provide assistance to Veterans and their families as they transition from the military to civilian life.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, Public Law 111-163.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Eligible entities who apply for the grant must meet the following requirements: (1) Private non-profit organization with documented US Internal Revenue Service tax exempt status (501(C)3), or be a (2) State, Tribal, or incorporated local government.
Beneficiary eligibility is limited to veterans and their accompanying families who are transitioning from the military to rural areas. An eligible veteran participant is defined as a veteran who is eligible for VA benefits and who has transitioned from active duty military service within the last two years. An eligible family member is defined as those individuals who reside in the Veteran’s home and are part of the established household of the Veteran.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. The VA will publish, in the Federal Register, a notice of fund availability, soliciting applications for the grant program and information on applications for requesting eligibility to receive grant funds. RVCP grants are publicized through a Notice of Funding Availability published in the Federal Register. Technical Assistance to apply for the grant can be obtained by following the instructions on the VA’s web site. To apply for a grant, an applicant must submit to VA a complete RVCP grant application package, as described in the NOFA. A complete grant application package must include at a minimum: (a) A description of the coordination and outreach to be provided by the applicant.
(b) Identification of the area(s) the applicant intends to serve and the need for RVCP in the area(s). (c) A description of the characteristics of veterans and their families in the areas served by the applicant, if known; (d) An estimate of the number of participants who will be provided services under RVCP in the applicant’s area, including an estimate of the total number of veterans and their families transitioning from the military. (e) Documentation describing the experience the applicant (and any identified subcontractors, referred to collectively as ‘applicant’) has in providing services similar to those in RVCP;
(f) A plan to continuously seek new sources of assistance to ensure the long-term provision of health care and benefits; and (g) A statement of compliance with the requirements of this part throughout the term of the grant.
(h) Other information that VA may request.
Grantees will be notified of their selection by formal letter from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The notification will contain an RVCP grant agreement which must be signed by the applicant and returned to the RVCP program office within fifteen days. No dispersal of grant funds will occur until the grant application has been signed and returned.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Appeals for non-selection may be made in writing to the RVCP Program Office within 30 days of notice of non-selection. If an applicant would have been selected but for a procedural error committed by VA, VA may select that applicant for funding when sufficient funds become available if there is no material change in the information that would have resulted in the applicant’s selection. A new application will not be required for this purpose.
RVCP grants are limited to a two year period and are not renewable.
How are proposals selected?
All complete applications will be scored using the criteria in paragraph (a) Scoring. VA will score only complete applications received from eligible entities by the established deadline. and ranked in order from highest to lowest total score. VA will rank all applications that receive at least the minimum number of points indicated in the NOFA. VA will award one RVCP grant to the highest scoring application. VA will award RVCP grants to each successive application, ranked by total score, provided the applicant has not been awarded an RVCP grant for a higher scoring application and the proposed project is not in the same project location as any previously awarded RVCP grant.
How may assistance be used?
The pilot requires that the program be carried out in five locations and the grants are for a two year period. The locations that must be considered shall be rural areas with high proportions of minorities in the population with limited access to health care and not in close proximity to an active duty military installation. The pilot requires that the program be carried out in five locations and the grants are for a two year period. The locations that must be considered shall be rural areas with high proportions of minorities in the population with limited access to health care and not in close proximity to an active duty military installation.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-133. Grantees must comply with applicable requirements of the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501-7507) and revised OMB Circular A-133, “Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations,” codified by VA at 38 CFR Part 41.
Grantees must ensure that records are maintained for at least three years beyond the close of RVCP to document compliance with this part. Grantees must produce such records at VA’s request.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
RVCP grants are limited to two years. Grantees are expected to have their program operational within 90 days of award notification. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. Jackie Bean 202-461-4178, Jackie.Bean@va.gov.
Michelle Staton 810 Vermont Ave., Washington, District of Columbia 20420 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Project Grants) FY 12 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 13 Not Separately Identifiable; and FY 14 Not Separately Identifiable
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
VA is to carry out the program in five locations to be selected by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Two million dollars will be allocated for the five grantees, a total of 10 million dollars for a time period of two years.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Federal Register Volume 78, No 37, Monday February 25, 2013, Rules and Regulations, page 12617
Examples of Funded Projects