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Stand Down Grants

Grantor: U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
Posted: January 9, 2018
Due: December 31, 2018

The Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) supports local Stand Down (SD) events that assist homeless veterans by providing a wide variety of employment, social, and health services. A homeless veteran is a veteran, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(2), who is “homeless” as that term is defined at 42 U.S.C. 11302(a)-(b), as amended by the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-22). Stand Down grant funds must be used to enhance employment and training opportunities or to promote the self-sufficiency of homeless veterans through paid work. Veterans experiencing homelessness do not always have access to basic hygiene supplies necessary to maintain their health and appearance. Lack of shelter limits their ability to prepare for and present themselves at job interviews or be contacted for follow-up. Basic services such as showers, haircuts, attention to health concerns, and other collaborative services provided at SD events can give participants a greater sense of self and an opportunity to improve their chances of securing and maintaining employment.

The following organizations and entities may apply for grant funds for Stand Down events:

  • State and Local Workforce Development Boards
  • Veteran Service Organizations
  • local public agencies
  • tribal governments
  • non-profit organizations including community and faith-based organizations.

Organizations registered with the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)(4) entities are not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity.

Questions regarding a SD grant application should be referred to the personnel listed in the VETS Staff Directory - Atlanta Region.

The Grants Update is sent each day at 3:00 PM when new grants have been added in the previous 24 hours.

Resource: Federal and State Resources for Infrastructure Projects

Before your city applies for federal grants:

  • Appoint a contact person
  • Register with Grants.gov using the following steps (please note: this may take between 3 business days and 3 weeks):
Additional information can be found here or by contacting Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726.