Veteran grants can be used a number of different ways--from grants that are funded by the federal government for helping veterans with starting up their own small businesses to providing financial assistance to their children to attend school. Individuals who have served in the military qualify as veterans, and therefore possibly qualify to receive veteran grants to start their businesses. There are also veterans grants that are not only geared to helping veterans start business, but grants that are focused on helping veterans receive occupational training and higher education as well.
Job Training Grants
In 2008, the United States Department of Labor announced 103 different grants for veterans, totaling approximately $300 million (for 19,000 veterans) in order to help them receive job training for their futures. These veteran grants were formulated to help veterans succeed with their civilian careers. The United States Department of Labor's Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) and the Veterans' Workforce Investment Program (VWIP) awarded these grants.
The GI Bill is a bill that aims to bring a higher amount of veterans to colleges and universities. The United States Department of Veterans observes veterans college attendance rates and also the outcomes and how they are affected by support programs. Veteran educational grants are generally awarded on competitive basis. The former Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, now known as the GI Bill offers tuition funding for veterans attending public colleges and universities in their home states.
Veterans Cash Grants
In the state of Illinois in February of 2006, veterans cash was the lottery's first foray into tickets with proceeds that go straight to supporting Illinois veterans. Veterans organizations and services for assisting Illinois veterans can apply for veterans cash grants. Some of these grants can cover health insurance costs, disability benefits, housing assistance and post-traumatic stress disorder treatment and research.
There are also veterans housing grants available, in the form of specially adapted housing programs, specifically for vets with disabilities. Disabled vets can apply for grants to build their own homes, or to remodel or adapt their existing homes. These veterans grants aim to offer veterans with "barrier-free living environments" that encourage healthy and independent living.
Some states, such as Michigan, offer Children of Veterans Tuition Grants. These veterans grants aim to offer undergraduate tuition assistance to specific children (over the age of 16 and under the age of 26). These students must be the natural or adopted children of veterans from the state of Michigan. The total amount of scholarship assistance that students can receive through this veterans children grant is $11,200.