North Texas Area Veterans Service Organizations to Receive $5.7 Million in Grants | New


AUSTIN — The Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance has awarded $5.77 million in grants to 26 North Texas-based veterans’ service organizations, the department announced Friday.

The organizations that received funds provide services to about 3,000 North Texas veterans and their families, according to a news release. The Veterans Assistance Fund, or VAF, North Texas Region is a multi-county area ranging from Fannin and Navarro counties along the east side to Cottle and Erath counties on the west and river Red in the north to Johnson County in the south.

Since its inception in 2009, the grant program has awarded more than $234 million in funding, serving approximately 400,000 Texas veterans and their family members, according to the release.

“We thank the members of the Texas Legislature for establishing this grant program in 2009 and for their continued support of all Texas veterans and their families,” said Laura Koerner, TVC President and veteran of the US Navy, in a statement.

The grants support a range of services from emergency financial assistance to transportation, legal services to family support services, and home modification to rental and mortgage assistance. The TVC provides grants in five categories: general assistance, housing for Texas heroes, veterans mental health grants, veterans treatment courts, and veterans county duty officers.

Funding for these grants is generated primarily from Texas Lottery Commission games to support veterans. Other sources of grant funding come from individual donation options on driver’s licenses, handgun licenses, outdoor recreation licenses for hunting and fishing, and vehicle registrations, a he declared.

Recipients include:

City of Dallas – $50,000: Provide Dallas County veterans with veteran treatment court services

Equestrian – $75,000: To provide veterans, veteran dependents and surviving spouses in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Grayson, Kaufman, Rockwall and Tarrant counties with clinical counseling services

Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star – $100,000: Provide dependent veterans in 18 counties across three FVA regions with support services

North Texas Veterans Center – $150,000: To provide veterans, veterans’ dependents, and surviving spouses in Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, Rockwall, and Tarrant counties with financial assistance services

Citizen Development Center – $200,000: Provide veterans in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall and Tarrant counties with supported employment services

NPower – $300,000: Provide veterans, veteran dependents, and surviving spouses in 16 counties across five FVA regions with supported employment services

Tarrant County Veterans Treatment Court – $300,000: Provide Tarrant County Veterans with Veterans Treatment Court Services

CLC, Inc. – $500,000: Provide veterans and surviving spouses in 254 counties with financial assistance services

Dallas County Veterans Treatment Court – $500,000: Provide veterans in 254 counties with veterans processing court services

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Garland, Inc. – $500,000: Provide veterans and surviving spouses in Collin, Dallas, Hunt, Kaufman and Rockwall counties with home modification services

SPAN, Inc. – $20,000: Provide Denton County veterans with transportation programs and services

Tarrant County Meals On Wheels, Inc. – $500,000: This includes two grants, a housing grant will provide Tarrant County veterans, dependents of veterans and surviving spouses with home modification services; and a General Assistance Grant will provide Tarrant County veterans, veterans’ dependents and surviving spouses with support services.

Jake E’s Riding Ride – $75,000: To provide veterans, dependent veterans and surviving spouses of Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, Rockwall, Henderson and Van Zandt counties with clinical counseling services

The Salvation Army – Grayson County – $100,000: To provide veterans, veterans’ dependents, and surviving spouses in Cooke, Fannin, and Grayson counties with financial assistance services

Dallas UGM – $100,000: Provide Dallas County veterans with homeless veteran support services

Wedding Management Consultants – $150,000: Provide veterans, veteran dependents and surviving spouses in 254 counties with peer support services

A tribal foundation – $200,000: Provide veterans, dependents of veterans and surviving spouses in 254 counties in this region with clinical counseling services

City of Fort Worth – $200,000: To provide Tarrant County veterans, dependents of veterans and surviving spouses with financial assistance services

Volunteers of America Texas – $200,000: Provide veterans with financial assistance services

Collins County – $300,000: Provide veterans in 254 counties with clinical counseling services

United Way of Denton County – $300,000: To provide Denton County veterans, dependents of veterans and surviving spouses with financial assistance services

Pecan Valley MHMR Region – $450,000: This includes two grants, one will provide veterans, veteran dependents and surviving spouses in Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker and Somervell counties with clinical counseling services ; the second grant will provide veterans, veterans’ dependents, and surviving spouses in Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, and Somervell counties with financial assistance services.

Collin County Veterans Treatment Court – $500,000: Provide veterans in Collin, Cooke, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman and Rockwall counties with veterans treatment court services

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