Swords to Plowshares Announces Funding for Veteran Employment Services

Swords to Plowshares is administering a competitive re-grant program for nonprofit organizations operating in California or Texas to provide employment and job training services for veterans. The goals of the California and Texas Veterans Employment and Training Collaborative are to help veterans prepare for, obtain and retain gainful employment and to increase veterans’ overall health, economic stability and ability to successfully transition to civilian life.

Swords to Plowshares will be awarding $600,000 in grants ranging from $20,000 – $80,000 to a minimum of eight (8) organizations throughout California; and $230,000 in grants ranging from $20,000 – $70,000 to a minimum of four (4) organizations throughout Texas; to provide veteran-specific vocational training programs resulting skills building opportunities and gainful employment. Successful grant applicants must prove the ability to implement vocational training programs as well as provide integrated supportive services targeting Post-9/11 veterans and other special populations.

More information

Refer to the following documents for:

  • Request for Proposals: Eligibility, award conditions, core elements, narrative components, reporting requirements, and instructions for submitting a proposal.
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Additional information about the grants.

Bidder’s Conference

Swords to Plowshares will hold an online bidder’s conference March 31, 2016 at 1:00PM PST. Attendance is not required but is recommended. An archived webcast and copies of the presentation slides will be available on our website after the live presentation.

Timeline

  • Request for Proposals (RFP) issued:  March 1, 2016
  • Bidder’s Conference (online):  March 31, 2016 at 1:00PM PST
  • Proposals are due by: May 2, 2016 (by 11:59PM PST)
  • Grant decisions will be announced on: June 3, 2016

How to Submit Proposals

  • Proposals must follow the format noted below and will be accepted by online submission beginning March 31, 2016
    • Proposals will be accepted through an online portal noted below beginning March 31, 2016
  • Proposals must be received by the May 2, 2016 (11:59PM PST) deadline noted above; late proposals will not be considered
  • Applicants will be notified by email that their proposal was received
  • Applicants will be notified by email whether they will be awarded funding on June 3, 2016. Grantees will be announced on June 6, 2016 on our website
  • To ensure transparency, applicants may obtain information on our review process and feedback after their proposal is granted or denied

The application requests information about the organization, the primary contact, the project, and supporting documents (Organization Budget, Project Budget, Organizational Chart, Current Donors, IRS Form 990, Financial Statement, and Board of Directors.)