On September 15, 2023, at 10 a.m., the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) presented $2,950,000 in grants to 15 organizations for providing services to approximately 2,103 north Texas veterans and their families.

group photo of all Dallas FVA grantees

The FVA grants awarded include:  

  • Baylor Scott & White Research Institute: a $300,000 grant for clinical counseling 
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star: a $100,000 grant for support services 
  • Citizens Development Center: a $235,000 grant for employment support 
  • City of Dallas: a $50,000 grant for Veterans Treatment Court 
  • Collin County: a $400,000 grant for Veterans Treatment Court  
  • Dallas County: a $300,000 grant for Veterans Treatment Court  
  • Ellis County: a $110,000 grant for Veterans Treatment Court 
  • Equest: a $95,000 grant for clinical counseling  
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Garland, Inc.: a $500,000 grant for home modification  
  • Homeless Veterans Services of Dallas Inc.: a $100,000 grant for referral services  
  • Jake E’s Riding Round Up: a $135,000 grant for clinical counseling  
  • Marriage Management Consultants: a $75,000 grant for peer support services
  • NPower Inc.: a $300,000 grant for Employment Support
  • The Salvation Army – Grayson County: a $100,000 grant for financial assistance
  • American GI Forum of North Texas: a $150,000 grant for financial assistance  

TVC Vice Chair and Air Force veteran Kimberlee Shaneyfelt presented the grants at Dallas City Hall. Vice Chair Shaneyfelt, in blue blazer, is shown below presenting the grants.

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Funding for these grants is primarily generated by the Texas Lottery Commission’s games designated for veteran support. Other sources of funding for the grants come from individual donation options on drivers’ licenses, licenses to carry a handgun, outdoor recreation licenses for hunting and fishing, and vehicle registrations. 

Veterans in need of assistance can find the organizations providing help in their area and how to contact them at https://www.tvc.texas.gov/grants/assistance/   

Mannie Recendiz
Author: Mannie Recendiz