WDVA Grants to Nonprofit Organizations

Veterans Employment and Transition Support (VETS) Grant Program


 

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for FISCAL YEAR 2022

The Wisconsin Veterans Employment and Transition Support Grant is available to registered 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) nonprofit organizations that provide improved access to regional veterans' resource networks through established partnerships with community organizations to help transitioning servicemembers, and their families access federal and state veterans' services and state community resources to improve employment outcomes, general transition services, and improve care transitions.  The department may award grants of up to $150,000 annually.  Applications for this grant period are not to exceed $50,000.

Applications submitted via email for the VETS GRANT must be submitted by June 1st, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. central standard time. Applications submitted via postal mail must be postmarked by June 1st, 2022.

For the nonprofit to be eligible to apply and receive the VETS Grant, the following requirements must be met first:

  1. Completed Community Integration Coordinator Training and received certificate of completion. To learn more please see Community Integration Coordinator Toolkit.
  2. Signed agreement between the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) and the VA Great Lakes Health Care System (VISN 12)
  3. Listed on the USDVA Veterans Sponsor Partnership Network (VSPN)

Further application requirements are listed on the Veterans Employment and Transition Support Grant Application Instruction page which can be found here:     VETS GRANT Application

​A Wisconsin nonprofit organization interested in becoming eligible for this grant should thoroughly review the following website​ resources for specific guidance from the program managers responsible for the national program:

Questions about the grant application process may solely be directed to the WDVA Grants Unit via email at vetsbenefitsgrants@dva.wisconsin.gov

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Non-Profit Grant Program


 

The Non-Profit Grant period for Fiscal Year 2022 is now closed


The application period will re-open in Fiscal Year 2023. Please sign up​ on our media distribution list ​to receive updates and announcements regarding this grant.

The WDVA Non-Profit Grant is awarded to registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that provide financial assistance or other services to Wisconsin veterans and their families. The WDVA Non-Profit Grant provides up to $25,0​00 to each grantee, with a maximum of $250,000 awarded annually.

WDVA especially encourages organizations that assist underserved veteran ​populations and/or those that have a focus on assisting veterans in underserved geographic areas to apply.

Applications for the WDVA Non-Profit Grant must have been submitted by Friday, July 30, 2021 at 4 p.m.​​

T
​he following criteria is evaluated as part of the grant application:

  • ​Organizational Experience Providing Services to Veterans ​
  • Understanding the Ability to Communicate the Needs of Veterans & their Dependents
  • Stated Purpose and Objectives for the grant funds, method, and timetable to expend the funds
  • Budget Clarity & Justification
  • Evaluation Plan for the project
  • Program Implementation Timeline
  • Outreach and Referral Plan to Identify and assist veterans or their dependents with services
  • Past Performance
  • Experience serving underserved populations and underserved geographic areas
  • Past working relationships with veteran service organizations 

To qualify, non-profit organizations must be located in this state and registered and in good standing with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions. See the Frequently Asked Questions​ for qualifications.​​​​

Questions about the grant application process should be directed to WDVA Grants Unit at 1-800-WIS-VETS or email at vetsbenefitsgrants@dva.wisconsin.gov.





Entrepreneurship Grant Program



The Entrepreneurship Grant period for Fiscal Year 2022 is now closed.


The application period will re-open in Fiscal Year 2023. Please sign up​ on our media distribution list ​to receive updates and announcements regarding this grant.

The Wisconsin Entrepreneurship Grant is a​warded to registered 501(c)(3)  or 501(c)(6) non-profit organizations that provide entrepreneurship training or technical, business or​ other assistance to the diverse group of veteran entrepreneurs in Wisconsin.  The Entrepreneurship Grant provides up to $100,000 to each recipient, with a maximum grant of $300,000. WDVA especially encourages organizations that assist underserved veteran populations or veterans in underserved geographic areas to apply. Non-profit organizations interested in applying for this grant opportunity must have submitted their completed applications by November 1, 2021 @ 4:00pm. ​

The following criteria is evaluated as part of the grant application:

  • Background and Organizational History
  • Organizational Qualifications and Past Performance​
  • Experience Working with Veterans
  • Need for Grant Funding
  • Outreach and Referral Plan
  • Program and Implementation Timeline
  • Monitoring and Program Evaluation
  • Program Goals and Objectives
  • Past Working Relationships with Other Start-up Businesses and Entrepreneurship Programs

See the Frequently Asked Questions for q​ualifications.​ ​To qualify, non-profit organizations must be located in this state and registered and in good standing with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions. 


Questions about the​ grant application process should be directed to WDVA Grants Unit at 1-800-WIS-VETS or email at vetsbenefitsgrants@dva.wisconsin.gov.