Veterans Support to Self-Reliance

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Closed (2 total applications submitted)
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  • Grant
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The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) is announcing the availability of approximately $3 million to provide consultation, administrative support, and technical assistance to CalVet for the Veteran Support to Self-Reliance Pilot Grant Program.  The successful Proposer will provide clear and convincing evidence of adequate personnel and organizational capacity to effectively carry out a contract of this scope and magnitude.




This Pilot seeks to discover the size and scope of resources needed to fill the gap of supportive services for veterans aged 55 and over.

Aging veterans with high acuity express physical and mental frailties beyond their age— their military service and housing scarcity in California being main contributing factors. They are at risk of losing housing due to mental health needs, behavioral health risks, inability to maintain habitability, hoarding, and hygiene; and/or premature or preventable need for skilled nursing care.



The Pilot will demonstrate improvement of health and wellness for aging veteran residents of veteran PSH locations through enhanced supportive services in the following areas:

  1. Skilled nursing care

    2. care

    3. Line-in aides

    4. Board and Care

    5. Medication management

The Pilot will also demonstrate that with these enhanced supportive services, and within the construct of Housing First and evidence-based practices, that aging veterans experiencing Chronic Homelessness will be able to age in place and enjoy the stable and thriving quality of life that they deserve.



In the first year, CalVet will initiate the RFP process to select one organization to provide Pilot design and technical assistance to PSH programs who receiving housing support through federal, state or local resources. The selected organization shall have experience working with veterans experiencing chronic
California Department of Veterans Affairs RFP Pilot Design and Technical Assistance

homelessness, and provided services should include physical and mental health care, as well as social services to help veterans navigate to programs to help them with their individual needs.

Over the course of three years, the Grantee will provide administrative and technical assistance to CalVet in implementing competitive grants available to organizations that provide Permanent Supportive Housing for the purpose of enhanced Supportive Services. This Pilot may provide for emergency or long-term housing support and medical and psychological evaluation and assistance as well as counseling and vocational assistance.

Implementation of this Grant will require ongoing reporting, meetings, and updates between the Grantee and the CalVet.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
January 31, 2022
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
36 months

Funding Details

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The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State
The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

The available funding for this RFP is a total of $3,000,000, with funds available as follows: $1,000,000 year 1, $1,000,000 year 2, and $1,000,000 Year 3. It is anticipated that the work on the Agreement will begin in Jan/Feb 2022, and continue for a period of 36 months, or three (3) years. Payment to the Grantee shall be based on the satisfactory review and verification of Allowable Activities.



How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
David Lawrence, 1-916-208-2528,