Veteran and Spouse Transitional Assistance Grant Program (VSTAGP)


The Secretary of Veterans Affairs will make grants available to eligible organizations for the provision of transition assistance to members of the Armed Forces who are separated, retired, or discharged from the Armed Forces, and spouses of such members. Examples of transition assistance include resume writing support, interview preparation, job recruitment training and related services, as determined by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Under Secretary For Benefits/Veterans Benefits Administation, Department of Veterans Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Public Law 116-116 - 315 Section 4304
P.L. 116-315 Section 4304 directed the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make grants available to eligible organizations for the provision of transition assistance to members of the Armed Forces who are separated, retired, or discharged from the Armed Forces, and spouses of such members.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The following organizations and entities are eligible to apply : o State Government, o County Government, o Local Government, o Institution of Higher Education, o Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized), o Nonprofit organizations, o Faith-based organizations
Beneficiary Eligibility
Veteran/Service person/Reservist (including dependents) Participants served by this program include former members of the U.S. Armed Forces who are separated, retired, or discharged, as well as their spouses. VA recognizes a Veteran's marriage if the marriage was recognized under the law of the place where at least one of the parties resided when they were married or when the claimant became eligible for benefits. VA now recognizes all same-sex marriages without regard to a Veteran's current or previous state of residence. For additional information see .
Grant recipients must maintain an active SAM registration
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. An organization shall submit to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs an application containing such information and assurances as required by the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor. Notice of Funding Opportunities for this listing will be posted on and in the Federal Register.
Award Procedure
VA will conduct an objective review of all responsive applications. VA will then make grant awards based on merit. Awarded applicants will receive a Notice of Award. For further information contact Outreach, Transition and Economic Development (25), 1800 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006, phone: 202-461-9605, as appropriate.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
Grant award decisions are discretionary and are not subject to appeal to any VA official or board.
Determined on a grant by grant basis.
How are proposals selected?
See the NOFO posted at www.grants. gov for specific criteria for selecting proposals. Additionally, in making grants under this section, the Secretary shall give priority to an organization that-- (1) provides multiple forms of services described in subsection (b); or (2) is located in a State with-- (A) a high rate of unemployment among Veterans; (B) a high rate of usage of unemployment benefits for recently separated members of the Armed Forces; or (C) a labor force or economy that has been significantly impacted by a covered public health emergency (as such term is defined in section 131(n)).
How may assistance be used?
Training (vocational, certifications, community college courses Transportation Child Care Employment Tools
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Quarterly Reports are required 30 days after the end of the quarter. Critical performance measures are enrollments, placement rate, and average wage at placement.
No additional audit requirements.
Recipients are responsible for maintaining auditable records of the source and use of matching funds, and maintain all records pertaining to grant activities for a period of at least three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. Reporting and record-keeping requirements are set forth in 2 C.F.R. ?? 200.334 - 200.338.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. 50%. This program requires cost sharing or matching funds. VA will fund no more than 50% of the total proposed budget. Applicants proposing budgets above $1,000,000 may apply for no more than $500,000.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The period of performance is 60 months from the start date of the award. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Awards will be funded annually. Awards will be funded annually.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Kenneth Fenner
Outreach, Transition and Economic Development (25), Veterans Benefits Administration, 1800 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006 USA
Phone: 202-461-9605
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $0.00; FY 24 est $5,000,000.00; FY 21$0.00; - First awards expected in FY24.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Applicants may apply for a total amount of up to $500,000 per year for five years. Awards will be funded incrementally over the period of performance of sixty (60) months, with a maximum yearly award of $500,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Regulatory requirements are currently in development for this assistance listing.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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