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Governor Wolf Announces Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Recipients

first_img May 16, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Recipients Press Release,  Veterans Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 13 Pennsylvania County Departments of Veterans Affairs Offices will receive $150,000 in grants and 18 charitable organizations and veterans’ service organizations will receive $400,000 in grants from the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF). The VTF is administered by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA).“Those who have served and those families who have sacrificed to aid our country deserve our deepest gratitude and we must ensure we serve them after they did so much for us,” Governor Wolf said. “These organizations are on the front-lines of ensuring Pennsylvania veterans are getting the support that they have earned.”These grants are funded by generous Pennsylvanians who voluntarily made a $3 donation when applying for or renewing their driver’s license or photo ID and renewing a motor vehicle registration, as well as proceeds from the sale of the Honoring Our Veterans license plate. This is the third year that grants have been awarded from the Veterans’ Trust Fund.DMVA received 18 County Director of Veterans Affairs grant applications totaling $249,199.35 and 87 charitable organizations and veterans’ service organizations grant applications totaling $3,068,517.39. Grant applicants slated to receive funding identified $578,586 in matching funds to be used in conjunction with their grant request. Combined with the VTF grant funding, this will result in veterans’ initiatives totaling $1,128,586.00 over a period of up to 24 months.“By awarding these grants we are able to fund a variety of worthwhile programs that assist and support Pennsylvania’s approximately 916,000 veterans and their families thanks to the general public’s support of the Veterans’ Trust Fund,” said Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli, acting adjutant general for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.Grants of up to $150,000 were available for new, innovative and expanded programs operated by County Directors of Veterans Affairs or the Pennsylvania Association of County Directors of Veterans Affairs. The two areas of emphasis for these entities were veteran outreach initiatives and veterans’ court initiatives within Pennsylvania at the community, county, regional or statewide level. Grants were awarded to:Bradford County Department of Veterans Affairs: $15,000 to expand existing outreach  services for veteransBucks County Department of Veterans Affairs: $10,000 to expand existing outreach and veterans treatment court services for veteransCambria County Department of Veterans Affairs: $15,000 to expand existing outreach services for veteransCentre County Department of Veterans Affairs: $4,500 to expand existing outreach services for veteransErie County Department of Veterans Affairs: $4,900 to expand existing treatment court services for veteransFayette County Department of Veterans Affairs: $6,600 to expand existing outreach services for veteransFranklin County Department of Veterans Affairs: $15,500 to expand their newly implemented outreach program to assist veteransHuntingdon County Department of Veterans Affairs: $12,000 to expand existing outreach services for veteransJuniata/Mifflin (joint county application) Department of Veterans Affairs: $24,300 to provide mobile outreach for veteransMontgomery County Department of Veterans Affairs: $15,000 to continue their transportation services for veteransNorthumberland County Department of Veterans Affairs: $15,600 to provide additional  outreach services to veterans Venango County Department of Veterans Affairs: $3,700 to provide an all-inclusive small business entrepreneur program for veteransWarren County Department of Veterans Affairs: $7,900 to purchase computer equipment to expand their existing outreach services for veteransThe grant announcement identified up to $400,000 in VTF funding available to veteran service organizations and 501(c)3 charitable organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans. Funding priorities for this grant round included veterans’ initiatives focused on homelessness, post-traumatic stress disorder, employment and workforce development initiatives and other programs that addressed newly identified, unmet or emerging needs of veterans and their families.Grants are being awarded to:Community Hope, dba Hope for Veterans, Allentown (Lehigh County): $25,000 to help veterans and  their families overcome mental illness, addiction, homelessness and povertyDavid’s Drive 831, Coatesville (Chester County): $10,000 to improve the life of hospitalized and/or homeless veteransDog T.A.G.S., Mechanicsburg (Cumberland County): $25,000 to expand existing service dog training program for veteransFamily Services of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh (Allegheny County): $19,000 to provide support to homeless veteransFresh Start Foundation, Philadelphia (Philadelphia County): $25,000 to continue and expand its mobile care coordination team to provide outreach services to veteransHuman Engineering Research Laboratories University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh (Allegheny County): $30,000 to assist wounded, injured and ill veterans into college science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programsLehigh Valley Center for Independent Living, Allentown (Lehigh County): $25,000 to provide assistance to veterans in need of housing stabilityNorthwest PA Eminent Community Institute, Oil City (Venango County): $20,000 to match veterans with employment opportunities across the northwest region of PennsylvaniaOperation Homefront PA/DE/NJ, Doylestown (Bucks County): $10,000 to provide emergency financial assistance to Pennsylvania veterans in needOperation Troop Appreciation, McKeesport (Allegheny County): $25,000 to provide emergency assistance to veteransPennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Camp Hill (Cumberland County): $25,000 to provide emergency financial assistance to veterans in needProject New Hope at Beacon Lodge Camp, Mount Union (Huntingdon County): $20,000 to provide assistance to disabled veterans and their familiesSyracuse University/Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Pittsburgh (Allegheny County): $25,000 to provide veterans with streamlined access to needed services through PAServesVeteran Community Initiatives, Johnstown (Cambria County): $30,000 to provide veterans with job search assistance and other outreach servicesVeterans Helping Hand, York (York County): $16,000 to support their existing outreach services and emergency funds for veterans in needVeterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh (Allegheny): $25,000 to partner with Allegheny County to provide treatment court services to veteransVeterans Multi-Service Center, Philadelphia (Philadelphia County): $25,000 to provide outreach and awareness support to women veteransVeterans Multi-Service Center, Philadelphia (Philadelphia County): $20,000 to provide services to homeless veteransAll grants are contingent upon the completion of a fully executed grant agreement.The VTF was established in 2012 and the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is authorized to solicit and accept donations to the VTF on behalf of the commonwealth. Tax-deductible donations to the VTF can be made online at www.donate.dmva.pa.gov.To learn more about the VTF, visit www.vtf.pa.gov or follow DMVA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/padmva or Twitter at www.twitter.com/padmva.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img

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