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Veterans Legacy Grant Program: Overview

Slated for its initial program year, in FY22, NCA's Office of Engagement and Memorial Innovation (OEMI) will begin administering the Veterans Legacy Grant Program (VLGP) as part of VLP. Currently, VLP meets its mission through contracts with educational institutions and appropriate non-profit organizations. With this new authority, VLP will no longer use contracts as its fiscal instruments of funding educational research. It will use the granting model of VLGP.

VLGP is a federal Discretionary grant awarded using a competitive process. This provides a forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Veterans Affairs Discretionary Grant Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022.

We invite applications for new awards and will provide actual or estimated deadline dates for the transmittal of applications under these programs. If you are interested in applying for VLGP grants with the Department of Veterans Affairs, please take the time to gather your teams, schedule query meetings, and ensure that you are familiar with national, state, and tribal cemeteries.

A student performs research at Alexandria National Cemetery in Virginia as part of the Veterans Legacy Program.
A student performs research at Alexandria National Cemetery in Virginia as part of the Veterans Legacy Program.

The first Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for VLGP calls for grant proposals that foster students in colleges and universities, including (K-12), to fund research and provide a tangible report using the stories of those interred in VA's National Cemeteries and VA Grant Funded cemeteries with a focus on underrepresented Veterans and Service Members to include and not limited to race, gender, ethnicity, identity and Veterans from LGBTQ communities. The tangible report can include books, films, graphic novels, educational manuals, as well as electronic database resource materials.

The Veterans Legacy Grant Program (VLGP), Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA), is now available on at Search Grants | GRANTS.GOV*. There is a 30-day open period from June 29, 2022 – July 29, 2022. For questions, contact Dr. Denise Rosier.

Throughout FY21 and into the current FY, VLGP staff has been reaching out to universities with specialized programs such as women's studies and minority studies along with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's) to introduce the new program and drive interest.

Important Dates

January 2022 and February 2022:
Pre-application workshops (virtual) were scheduled in late January 2022 and early February 2022 to help potential applicants understand the grant application process and the goals of the program.

July 2022:
Grant proposals due by July 29, 2022.

Grant Awards:

October 1, 2022:
Work on grant awards is expected to begin on October 1, 2022.

Eligible entities for VLGP grants include:
Institutions of higher learning
Local educational agencies
State educational agencies
501(c)(3) Non-profit organizations

* External Link Disclaimer: This page contains links that will open in a new tab and take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked websites.

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