IVMF Announces Funding Window Open for Walmart Foundation Veteran Vocational Acceleration Grants

Letters of Interest supporting grants to assist workforce development programs at colleges and universities in four states due by 3 PM, EDT, June 28, 2013

On May 23rd, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University announced the availability of $1 million in funding from the Walmart Foundation to support competitive grant programs for veteran vocational education at community and technical colleges in California, New York, Texas and North Carolina.

This funding will seed, cultivate and provide technical assistance to a network of workforce development-focused programs at colleges that will leverage skills, training, credentialing, and other efforts to advance the employment situation of veterans and transitioning service members.

The program is part of the Walmart Foundation’s $20 million commitment to address veteran issues. In addition to this funding commitment from the Walmart Foundation, Walmart recently announced that over the next five years, it will hire 100,000 veterans who honorably left the military in the last year. Walmart is already the largest private employer of veterans in the country. The program began on Memorial Day of 2013 and includes jobs in Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations.

Letters of interest to participate are solicited from educational institutions and their partners in California, New York, North Carolina and Texas by June 28, 2013. Selected organizations submitting letters of interest, and those targeted by IVMF, will be invited to submit full applications with a submission deadline of July 15th, 2013 at 3 PM Eastern Daylight Time. Full criteria for the RFP, letters of interest, planning grants, and full grants are available to the public and can be found here. Reviews will be completed and grants up to $100,000 per project will be awarded by the end of August. More information is available here

“Our listening tours with veterans, business and industry leaders, college and university staff, and workforce developers in California, New York, North Carolina, and Texas have helped us shape this opportunity with the Walmart Foundation to ensure vocational accelerators like skills, training, credentialing, and vocational knowledge help veterans enter their local economies in these states,” said Colonel (Retired) Jim McDonough, Senior Director for Community Engagement and Innovation at IVMF. “I encourage leaders in communities throughout these four states to submit letters of interest for this funding to help advance our veterans’ employment opportunities.”


As the first institute of its kind in the nation, the IVMF leverages the intellectual, programmatic and human capital resources of higher education in support of the post-service life course of the nation’s veterans and military families. The IVMF focuses on developing impactful programming, cultivating actionable research, conducting policy analysis and providing technical assistance positioned to address the social, economic and public policy challenges facing the veterans’ community. The IVMF team approaches this mission as a collaboration, forging enduring partnerships with government, private industry, institutions of higher education, philanthropic organizations and stakeholders committed to supporting transitioning service members, veterans and their families. Visit vets.syr.edu for more information. Follow the IVMF on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, VetNet and LinkedIn.


Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

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