Veterans Outreach Program


In accordance with Public Law 110-186, the organizations will provide information on small business ownership to service members and military spouses by facilitating and instructing the U.S. Small Business Administrations Introduction to Entrepreneurship known as Boots to Business which is a course offered within the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program (TAP). Additionally, these organizations will provide counseling, training, technical and financial skill development, comprehensive business assessments and mentoring to veteran, service disabled veteran, active duty, Reserve, Guard, and military spouse/survivor entrepreneurs and small business owners interested in starting new or expanding/diversifying established small businesses.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Small Business Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2022 In FY 2022, the SBA provided counseling and training to more than 58,500 veteran small business owners and entrepreneurs. The Agency addressed veteran-specific challenges while integrating SBA services and initiating client referrals to other organizations that provide specialized offerings. The Agency, through the VBOCs, held more than 1,900 training events which included 1,174 B2B/Reboot classes at more than 175 military installations to over 219,000 participants. In-person B2B classes resumed in FY 2022, and about 25 percent of the classes were held virtually. For more information about SBA accomplishments, access the SBA Congressional Budget Justification and Annual Performance Report:
Small Business Act, Section 8(b)(17) (15 U.S.C. 637(b)(17))
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants may be education institutions, private businesses, veterans' nonprofit community-based organizations, and Federal, State, local and tribal government agencies.
Beneficiary Eligibility
First beneficiaries are eligible veterans, active duty service members, Guard & Reserve members and military spouses who seek to start and manage a small business; second beneficiaries are all others.
Credentials and documentation can be found on the annual program announcement.
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. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Applicants will submit proposals based on a request for proposal (RFP). The RFP may request that the applicant apply for a cooperative agreement. This will be made clear at the time of the RFP is issued. Instructions for applying will be contained in the RFP document.
Award Procedure
The proposal will be subject to an independent panel review. The elements of the panel review will include a review of the technical and cost proposals, each under a separate cover.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Usually within 30 to 90 days after closing date of the RFP.
In accordance with FAR Part 33 if a contract; or not applicable if a grant.
Subject to the exercise of option years.
How are proposals selected?
The technical proposal will consist of seven sections: (1) Mission Experience, (2) Organizational Experience & Capacity, (3) SBA Resource Partner Collaboration, (4) Market Assessment, (5) Project Objectives and Performance Metrics, (6) Innovation and (7) Financial Management Capability. The cost proposal will be evaluated based on reasonableness of cost and compliance with OMB Circulars A-110 or A-112. Additionally the cost proposal must contain (1) a comprehensive development plan, (2) budget preparation, and (3) expenditures for fundraising activities may not be charged as a cost item and demonstration of adequate community based resources to achieve matching formula for nonfederal funds.
How may assistance be used?
To establish Veteran Business Outreach Centers (VBOC) for the benefit of small business concerns and potential small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans, active duty service members, Guard & Reserve members and military spouses.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
When necessary, on a case-by-case basis.
The recipient should be prepared to maintain detailed, complete, and accurate client activity records of a sufficiency to reflect clearly the nature and variety of the services provided. Financial records must be maintained until 3 years after the completion of the grant project or submission of the final report, whichever is later. The recipient should be prepared to participate in the development of a program-wide intranet system.
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
Usually not to exceed 12 months for the basic effort and four option years. Funds are made available on a cost reimbursement basis. Additional detail provided on SBA's website at
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
For addresses of the SBA field offices, see Appendix IV of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under Small Business Administration.
Headquarters Office
Raymond Milano
10 Causeway Street Room 265
Boston, MA 02222 US
Phone: 202-205-3236
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$8,282,094.00; FY 23 est $11,720,000.00; FY 24 est $13,220,000.00; FY 21$9,474,503.00; FY 20$9,937,500.00; FY 19$8,849,539.00; FY 18$11,755,585.00; FY 17$12,572,000.00; FY 16$12,808,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Contact the Federal agency for more information.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2022 The SBA supports 28 Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs) managed by resource partners enabled through cooperative agreements. These VBOCs provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling, and resource partner referrals to transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard and Reserve service members, and veterans or military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business.


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