Interested Organizations Can Now Apply for Stand Down Grants thru Grants.gov
January 4, 2018 – Organizations interested in funding for Stand Down events can now apply for a grant thru grants.gov. DOL VETS supports local Stand Down (SD) events that assist homeless veterans by providing a wide variety of employment, social, and health services. 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. VPL 02-18 provides guidance to interested organizations.