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Veterans’ Employment-Related Assistance Program (VEAP)

Grants to California Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and Training
Providers to Assist Veterans in Transitioning to Civilian Careers

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California Employment Development Department (EDD), California Workforce Development Board, and California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA)

Deadline Date:

12/06/19 3:00 PM PST Receipt


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, local workforce development areas, training and education providers, and community- and faith-based organizations to help underemployed and unemployed veterans find fulfilling employment in civilian life. Funding is intended to develop solutions that eliminate barriers to employment that veterans and military spouses face in the current labor market.

The goal of this Solicitation for Proposals (SFP) is to promote the use of regional industry sector strategies as the framework to help unemployed and underemployed veterans transition from military careers to rewarding civilian employment.

This SFP includes services to veterans with significant barriers to employment, including, but not limited to, special disabled or disabled veterans; homeless veterans; recently separated service members who have been unemployed for 27 or more weeks in the previous 12 months; an offender, as identified in WIOA Section 3 (38), who is currently incarcerated or who has been released from incarceration; a veteran lacking a high school diploma or equivalent certificate; a low-income individual [as defined by WIOA Section 3 (36)]; women and minorities.

Additionally, the SFP targets military spouses that are associated with a military service member, pursuing employment opportunities in high growth industries and occupations, develop and enhance work readiness skills, and transition preparation for military spouses. This SFP must leverage the employment potential of military spouses to drive military families into portable, stackable, and sustainable economic opportunities. 

For more details about eligible veterans, see

Allowable Use of Funds:

Priority of Service to Participants: All projects must be conducted in accordance with the Veterans’ Priority Provisions of the Jobs for Veterans Act Public Law 107-288. The Training and Employment Guidance Letter 10-09 provides general guidance regarding the implementation of the Veterans’ priority and how this priority affects current business practices.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182642

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $500,000

Term of Contract:

The state expects that the performance period for participating projects funded under this SFP will be between 18 and 24 months, with a start date no earlier than April 1, 2020, and end date no later than March 31, 2022.

Grant funds will not be available for longer than 24 months. No obligation or commitment of funds will be allowed prior to or beyond the grant period of performance. Any grant funds not expended during the grant agreement period shall be returned to the state.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals will be accepted from Local Workforce Development Areas, education and training providers, private non-profit organizations, private for-profit organizations, and faith-based/community-based organizations.

Individuals are not eligible to apply. Organizations that were awarded VEAP PY 2018/19 funds are not eligible to apply for VEAP PY 2019/20 funding.

This SFP requires a local WIOA partnership/collaboration that includes, but is not limited to (1) Title 1 Local Workforce Development Area (Local Area), (2) Wagner-Peyser, and (3) the local EDD Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG) Program staff. Applicants must demonstrate an existing high level of collaboration or formalized linkages that are in the process of being established.

Successful applicants must use regional sector strategy approaches to meet the workforce and training needs of potential employers within their targeted industries. This approach must be based upon the creation or expansion of regional partnerships among: a Local Area, the local EDD Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG) Program staff, the EDD Labor Market Information Division (LMID), America’s Job Centers of California (AJCC), community colleges, local veteran organizations, local training organizations, public/private employers, community and business development organizations, training providers and labor organizations. Other key stakeholders include: advocacy groups, faith-based and community-based organizations.

Regional partnerships must demonstrate an understanding of the targeted industry and workforce needs of the industry’s employers within their region.

Funds awarded under this SFP cannot be used to purchase real property or to construct buildings.

Pre-Application Information:

Significant Dates
- Solicitation for Proposals Release Date: October 30, 2019
- Last date to E-Mail Questions to EDD November 8, 2019, by 12 noon
- Questions and Answers on EDD Website November 15, 2019
- Proposal Due December 6, 2019, 3 p.m. PST.
- Proposal Review and Evaluation: December 18-20, 2019
- Appeal Due: December 11, 2019
- Award Announcements: March 2020

The date or time on a postmark or other courier’s documentation is irrelevant to satisfying the submission deadline. All proposals, whether mailed, delivered by courier service, or hand-delivered, must be received by the EDD’s WSB Deputy Director Office (DDO) on or before Friday, December 6, 2019, 3 p.m. PST. The DDO will accept hand and courier-delivered proposals between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and State holidays, Friday, December 6, 2019.

Grant applicants must demonstrate the use of WIOA Title I Governor’s Discretionary funds in their proposals and demonstrate at least a 40 percent cash and/or in-kind match from other resources.

Applicants are required to offer at least one certified training which leads to an industry-recognized certificate for each targeted industry cluster. Applicants are also required to demonstrate knowledge, experience, and the capacity to provide services to veterans and clearly describe their capability to conduct and administer a federally funded project.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Questions must be emailed to:

Submit an application package:

By Mail:
Workforce Services Branch, MIC 88
Employment Development Department
P.O. Box 826880
Sacramento, CA 94280-0001

By Courier:
Workforce Services Branch, MIC 88
Employment Development Department
722 Capitol Mall, Room 2099
Sacramento, CA 95814

Hand Deliver:
Workforce Services Branch, MIC 88
Employment Development Department
722 Capitol Mall, Room 1100
Building Agents Office
Sacramento, CA 95814

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USA: California