Learn About the Types of Grants for Veterans

The federal government provides a wide variety of grants, including grants that benefit veterans. Veteran grants are distributed to communities across the states to help qualifying veterans in need. Additionally, government grants typically assist with very specific needs such as homelessness or accessibility rural areas. 

Once you find out what your needs are, you can begin looking for grants that are available to you locally. However, the number of grants available can be intimidating to search through. Continue reading the sections below to discover some of the beneficial grants available to veterans. 

About Rural Medical Assistance: Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot

Provided to non-profit organizations located in rural communities, this grant program funds a two-year pilot program to assess the feasibility of the organizations and the community. The program is also meant to provide outreach to veterans and their families. Additionally, the grant money increases the availability as well as quality, of health care and benefits within these isolated areas.

The RVCP provide benefits to the community like telemental health (TMH) hubs, such as hotlines, veteran transportation service and rural health training and education for health professions.  There are also specific programs that cater to the needs of special populations. For example, the VA Indian Health Services reimbursement (VA IHS) program will reimburse veterans and their family members when receiving care in an IHS facility.

About Specially Adapted Housing Grants

This HUD grant is for service members and veterans who have severe service-related disabilities. The funds can be used to remodel, build or buy an adapted home. If you qualify, you can remodel your current home to make it more accessible for you such as a ramp for wheelchair access. The grant funds can provide independent living that may not be possible in your current situation.

In order to qualify, you must qualify for VA benefits and meet the definition of a service-related disability. Some examples are loss or loss of use of both legs or arms or one of each. Another is being blind in both eyes. Once you qualify, it also possible to put the money of the grant towards the unpaid principal mortgage balance of a home that is already adapted to your needs.

About Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program

This grant is offered annually to programs to communities that give services to homeless veterans. The grant funds go to housings services, as well as other services, for homeless veterans. The purpose of this program is to help veterans receive residential stability and increase their skill levels and/or income. The program is split into two parts; the grant part and the per diem part. 

The grant portion of the funding pays for a maximum of 65 percent of the cost of renovation and construction of service centers or transitional housing. The grant may also not be used for operational costs such as salaries. The per diem portion goes directly to the recipient of the grant and can be used to fund operational costs. 

About the National Cemetery Administration: Veteran Cemetery Grant

The funding from this grant is provided to state governments, territories and federally recognized governments to provide graves for veterans in their local areas. When the cemeteries from the VA do not satisfy the burial needs of the community. The money may be used to establish, expand or improve veteran cemeteries that are state-operated and so on. Private organizations, counties and cities cannot benefit from this grant. 

This grant can provide 100 percent coverage of the developmental cost of the project but will not fund the purchase of land. The states and tribal government are responsible for acquiring the land.  For tribal government, they must place the plot of land within the tribal territory.