Charitable organizations that serve veterans can now apply for a Michigan Veteran Service Organization Networking Grant (MiVSONG).
Grant funding totaling $30,000 will be available in $3,000 awards, one in each of the 10 Michigan Prosperity Regions, through the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA). The fiscal year 2022 grants are available to any nonprofit organization, or their selected fiduciary, holding a federal designation – 501(c)3, 501(c)19, etc. – whose mission/purpose is to serve veterans in any capacity, to assist the MVAA in employing the “no wrong door” approach to reaching veterans and veteran-connected families, and to reduce barriers for education, health care, employment, quality of life and advocacy with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) for connection to federal benefits.
Grant funding must be used to provide at least two professional networking opportunities for veteran service providers, advocates and program contributors to connect, share information, simplify connections with local resources, reduce duplication of effort and identify service gaps and disparities in a Prosperity Region. These are competitive grants, and all Veteran Service Organizations are encouraged to apply.
A Letter of Intent to Apply must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. EST on Friday, July 16, 2021. The letter does not bind organizations to any legal contract or obligate them to apply but must be submitted to be eligible to apply and to receive the application documents.
Send Letters of Intent to Apply, and any questions, to MVAAGrants@Michigan.gov. Or call Karen Rowlader, MVAA Grant Specialist, at (517) 243-7675.