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Hello, I have a 501(c)3 . Keeping Veterans Fit INC. Looking for information on getting disabled veteran certification and funding for intitives

Veteran

Robert Malloy Atlanta, GA

Also need assistance with new board members

28 August 2022 7 replies General

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Veteran

Tom Vlasic Carmel, IN

Don't forget to check out your state resources! Your State Workforce Development (https://dol.georgia.gov/ for Georgia) may have funding for you. Many States use US Department of Labor programs funding (like JVSG) to provide for employers / programs in their state. Also, check your state's Veterans Administration (different than Federal VA) for resources. Many state programs I have worked with have unused funds - primarily because many people don't realize they are available!

Veteran

Joseph Smith Pearland, TX

I don’t know about funding initiatives but for funding certifications for veterans the VRRAP program has been an outstanding benefit for me, it covers up to $1788 a month cost of living to attend at least 8 hours a month of classes in person with certifications available for a wide range of disciplines from business administration to trades- I don’t know how much money you’re looking for but $1800 a month to take some classes is pretty win-win to me…

Advisor

Robin Hicks Naperville, IL

Hi. If you're looking for valued third party certification then you have two options. While some companies accept self-certification many shy away as when reporting their diverse supplier spend they don't want the risk of including spend that is not proven, especially if they are doing any contracting with federal or state agencies.

NaVOBA is the National Veteran-Owned Business Association. Then there is DisabilityIN, the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide. Both of these certifications are accepted by majority of Fortune 500s looking to expand their supplier diversity networks. Often companies will have specific programs to increase inclusion of certified businesses.

Regards, Robin.

https://disabilityin.org/
https://www.navoba.org/

Advisor

John Dyck, Ph.D. Spring, TX

Robert,
Use a different picture.

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Advisor

Kevin Hicks Freehold, NY

Are you qualified to be a Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) alumni (eligible for their services)? WWP and many other organizations like it offer peer-peer counseling training certification. Get a few of those under your belt and use them as part of your disabled vet certification. Train to become a certified Veteran Affairs Benefits advisor (someone trained by the VA to assist Vets in requesting VA services). Join organizations like the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and take any training they offer.

Advisor

Richard Byrne Hillsborough, NJ

Log onto the ACP webpage,
click on the ACP Adviso-rnet tab, & select the "Community" icon.
Under the "Advisors" tab, select "Non-Profit" from the "Refine by" pull down box.
(Other selections include: Business, Small Business, Legal ... ),
Look for the "Show More" box at the bottom of the page.
Examine the advisor profiles, & use the ACP message feature for advice.

Alternately, I've added links to information & videos under these sections of my EE webpage that could be useful:
http://eehot.com/ee.html#vosb - veteran owned small business
http://eehot.com/ee.html#funding
http://eehot.com/ee.html#networking - get 1 yr. LinkedIn premium FREE
http://eehot.com/ee.html#mentoring
http://eehot.com/ee.html#sba - Small Bus Admin

More specifically:
https://www.youtube.com/c/ChisholmLawFirm/playlists
https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-locations/headquarters-offices/office-veterans-business-development
https://www.bplans.com
https://www.ycombinator.com
https://www.f45invest.com/vip45
https://www.youtube.com/c/SSGTNICHOLS/playlists

Advisor

Giana Dominguez New York, NY

Hi Robert,

Thank you for your question. I would recommend reviewing this website (https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/veteran-assistance-programs) which touches upon how to self certify as a Disabled Veteran owned business.

In regards to funding, you will need to conduct an online search to apply for grants that are relevant to your cause and program initiatives. I encourage you to visit https://www.learngrantwriting.org/blog/grants-for-veterans/ and https://www.grantwatch.com/grants-for.php to help you locate grants available to help fund to your nonprofit. If you find that your program’s initiatives are too niche, you may need to consider retooling certain aspects of your program to meet requirements for specific grants moving forward.

For board member recruitment, here’s a great article that addresses this and the qualities to look for in potential board members: https://bloomerang.co/blog/the-4-cs-of-nonprofit-board-recruitment.

Best,
Giana

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