Dept. of Veterans Affairs: Deadline extended for Veteran Mental Health Grants

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) is extending the deadline for applications for the three Veteran Mental Health Grants. Applications are being accepted until Thursday, January 25, at 4:30 p.m. 

WDVA encourages all eligible organizations to apply. We also ask that you share this widely with your network and encourage mental healthcare providers, nonprofits, local governments, and other organizations that provide veteran mental health support services to apply.

This round of grants was announced in December, and organizations can apply for the three grants below:

The Emergency Crisis Mental Health Treatment Program Grant is open to mental health providers administering emergency/crisis mental health treatment for Wisconsin veterans. Individual grants requested are subject to the availability of funds and may not exceed $200,000 per applicant. The provider must have at least one employee who possesses one of the following professional degrees: psychologist (Ph.D. or Psy.D.), licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, social worker with a master’s degree or higher, psychiatrist, or psychiatric or mental health nurse practitioner.

The Veteran Mental Health Ancillary Treatment Program Grant is open to certified/licensed mental health providers who provide ancillary veteran mental health treatment programs for Wisconsin veterans. Individual grant requests may not exceed $100,000 per applicant and are subject to the availability of funds and further limitations contained within the grant application. The provider must have at least one certified/licensed occupational therapist, certified occupational therapist assistant, massage or bodywork therapist, acupuncturist, art therapist, clinical substance abuse counselor, dance therapist, dietitian, music therapist, prevention specialist, equine therapist (certification must be from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International), or recreational therapist (certification must be from the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification).

The Veterans Mental Health Community-Based Organization Grant is open to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that promote positive mental health through activities, programs, and services that enhance the emotional, psychological, and social well-being of Wisconsin veterans. Applicants, who did not receive a prior Veterans Mental Health Community-Based Organization Grant, can apply for up to $100,000 per this grant period. Applicants who received a prior grant may only request funding such that the requested amount does not exceed $100,000.

For all three grants, any applicant who applied during the first round of applications is eligible to apply again, subject to limitations contained within each grant application.

All further questions about the grant application process should be directed to the DVA Grants Unit at The applications for the second round of ARPA-funded grants are due by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2024.

For additional information on the grants, please see the DVA Grants Page.