Staff Sergeant Parker Gordon Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program


To provide resources toward community-based suicide prevention efforts to meet the needs of Veterans and their families through outreach, suicide prevention services, and connection to VA and community resources.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Department of Veterans Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2022 80 organizations were awarded funds and began providing services in 43 States, the District of Columbia and American Samoa.
The purpose of this section is to reduce veteran suicide through a community-based grant program to award grants to eligible entities to provide or coordinate suicide prevention services to eligible individuals and their families., Title Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019, Part Title II, Section 201
Public Law 116-171
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
o Incorporated private institutions or foundations o A corporation wholly owned or controlled by an incorporated private institution or foundation o Indian tribes o Community-based organizations that can effectively network with local civic organizations, regional health systems, and other settings where eligible individuals and their families are likely to have contact o State or local governments
Beneficiary Eligibility
Eligible individual: Per ?201(q)(4) of Hannon Act, an eligible individual is a person at risk of suicide who is one of the following: (1) A Veteran as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101, (2) an individual described in 38 U.S.C. 1720I(b), or (3) an individual described in 38 U.S.C. 1712A(a)(1)(C)(i) through (iv).
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Entities will be required to register with Eligible entities will submit an online application by the application deadline. Applications for suicide prevention services grants under the SSG Fox SPGP Program must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 19th, 2023. In the interest of fairness to all competing applicants, this deadline is firm as to date and hour, and VA will treat as ineligible for consideration any application that is received after the deadline. Applicants should take this practice into account and make early submission of their materials to avoid any risk of loss of eligibility brought about by unanticipated delays, computer service outages, or other submission-related problems. Applicants must submit applications electronically following instructions found at Applications may not be mailed or sent by facsimile (fax). Applications must be received by the SSG Fox SPGP Office no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the application deadline date. Applications must arrive as a complete package. Materials arriving separately will not be included in the application package and may result in the application being rejected.
Award Procedure
Applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed for entity eligibility and those deemed eligible will be scored using standardized criteria. A listing of proposed awards will be forwarded to the Office of the Secretary of Veteran Affairs for final approval. Funds will be distributed to awarded entities via an account with the Payment Management Services, which awarded entities will use to access the funds.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Suicide prevention services grant applications will be scored by a VA grant review committee. The grant review committee will be trained on a scoring rubric and follow uniform guidance on application grant review (pursuant to 2 CFR part 200). VA will utilize the ranked scores of applicants as the primary basis for selection. The applicants will be ranked in order from highest to lowest. However, VA will consider preferences for applicants that have demonstrated the ability to provide or coordinate suicide prevention services or experience administering similar programs to Veterans and their families. VA may prioritize grant awards to eligible entities that serve eligible individuals and their families in rural communities, on tribal lands, in U.S. territories, in medically underserved areas, in areas with a high number or percentage of minority Veterans or women Veterans, and in areas with a high number or percentage of calls to the Veterans Crisis Line. To the extent practicable, VA will ensure that suicide prevention services grants are distributed to: 1) provide services in areas of the United States that have experienced high rates of suicide by eligible individuals 2) applicants that can assist eligible individuals at risk of suicide who are not currently receiving health care furnished by VA; and 3) ensure that suicide prevention services are provided in as many areas as possible. Subject to these considerations, VA will fund the highest-ranked applicants for which funding is available.
How may assistance be used?
Grantees may use the funds to provide the following services: Outreach, baseline mental health screenings, education, clinical services for emergency treatment, case management services, peer support services, assistance in obtaining VA benefits, assistance in obtaining and coordinating other public benefits and assistance with emergent needs, nontraditional and innovative approaches and treatment practices and other services.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: End of year performance Reports.
All entities will be audited by the Office of Business Oversight (OBO) at least once over a three-year period. OBO will initiate the process through an engagement letter and will work directly with the awarded entity to conduct audit of grant program. A final report will be submitted to the program office with, and requisite corrective actions identified and timeline for completion of those actions.
Records should be maintained for the period established by the Memorandum of Agreement (7 years). If any claim or audit is started before the expiration of this time period, the records shall be retained until all litigation, claims or audit findings involving the records have been resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funding is provided after eligible entity are awarded (grantees) are for one year, in which time all funding must be spent. Grantees are to be paid in accordance with the timeframes and manner set forth in the NOFO. Section 201(c)(2)(B) of the Act authorizes VA to establish intervals of payment for purposes of this grant program, and VA will do so in the NOFO, which is consistent with how VA establishes payment in other grant programs. See 38 CFR 62.51. Including such information in the NOFO provides VA with the flexibility to determine the time and manner of payment for suicide prevention services grants that is appropriate for each funding cycle. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Sandra Foley
810 Vermont Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20420 USA
Phone: 202-202-0002
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$52,500,000.00; FY 23 est $52,500,000.00; FY 24 est $52,500,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Maximum grant award amount will be $750,000. range from $100,000 to $750,000. Average award amount is $656,250.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
All program guides and literature are under development now. Applicable Congressional Acts and Public Law have previously been stated. Interim Final Rule 87 FR 13806 (pages 13806-13844 published 04/11/2022.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2023 Funded grants provide case management, emergency clinical services, connection to VA healthcare, outreach and education and a variety of other traditional as well as non-traditional/innovative services such as equine therapy, recreation therapy, acupuncture, etc.


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