The Department of Veterans’ Affairs shall develop and implement one or more conditional grant programs statewide to expand campus veteran resource centers on the campuses of Oregon community colleges and public universities. The purpose of the grant programs is to augment existing campus programs that help veterans successfully transition from military service to college life, succeed in college, complete educational goals and transition from college to the workforce and the community.(3)(a) The department shall award multiple one-time grants under this section on a competitive basis to community colleges and public universities based on proposals submitted by the colleges and universities under subsection (5) of this section that:
Expand and enhance existing campus veteran resource centers on campus premises;
Recruit and employ campus veteran resource coordinators who can serve as liaisons to provide advocacy, understanding and resource connections for veterans;
Attract veterans to enroll in and attend educational programs at community colleges and public universities;
Provide assistance, guidance and support to veterans in completing educational goals and objectives;
Provide resources to college administrations, faculty and staff to facilitate an understanding and appreciation of the strengths, unique challenges and needs of veterans and their families;
Assist veterans in successfully transitioning to work and community life by connecting veterans with workforce and employment resources; and
Provide resources and matching funds in an amount to be determined by the department.
Grant recipients may use grant funds awarded under this section for the expansion and enhancement of existing campus veteran resource center programs, including training campus veteran coordinators, purchasing computer and other equipment and supplies, hiring additional staff, hosting veteran events, facilitating access to workforce and community resources that were not previously available and meeting other identified needs for the successful and continued operation of the existing centers and coordinators.
A grant recipient may use up to $35,000 of grant funds awarded under this section to pay a campus veteran resource coordinator’s salary if the grant recipient commits to matching at least 50 percent of grant funds used for that purpose.
A community college or public university may submit a grant proposal under subsection (5) of this section if the community college or public university:
Is located in Oregon;
Has an existing campus veteran resource center or has, or intends to hire prior to the distribution of grant funds, a campus veteran resource coordinator;
Meets, or intends to meet prior to the distribution of grant funds, a majority of the criteria under subsection (3)(a) of this section; and
Demonstrates its capacity to administer any funds awarded under this section in compliance with the requirements of this section and all applicable federal and state laws.
A community college or public university that meets the requirements of subsection (4) of this section may apply for grant funds under this section by submitting a grant proposal to the department in the form determined by the department.
When determining which grant proposals to fund, the department shall make funds available statewide and may:
Give priority to those proposals that the department determines are best designed to help veterans successfully transition from military service to college life, succeed in college, complete educational goals and transition from college to the workforce and the community; or
Concentrate funds and resources in those areas of the state with the greatest need for veteran assistance programs, as determined by the department.(7)(a) The department shall award grant funds to a successful applicant in an amount equal to the least of:
The amount supported by the applicant’s application;
Any other amount determined by the department to further the purpose of the grant program.
The department shall issue a grant award letter to the applicant setting forth a grant recipient’s reporting requirements under subsection (8) of this section and describing the restrictions on the use of grant funds under subsection (3) of this section and as may be determined by the department.
The grant recipient may not use grant funds for purposes other than those designated by the department in the recipient’s award letter.
Within 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter, each grant recipient shall provide a program report to the department. The quarterly report must include a narrative of the following:
Summary of program activities;
Description of program successes;
Discussion of challenges the grant recipient has encountered implementing the program;
Accounting of how grant funds have been used; and
Any other information the department requires.
The department may collaborate with the Higher Education Coordinating Commission in developing and implementing the programs established under this section.
The department may solicit and accept gifts, grants and donations from public and private sources to further the purposes of this section.
The department shall adopt rules that prescribe:
The procedures for the grant application process, including grant review and approval;
Grant recipient reporting requirements;
Measurable goals and outcome requirements;
Allowable uses of grant funds;
Procedures for disbursement of grant funds;
Recordkeeping requirements; and
Any additional procedures the department determines necessary to implement the provisions of this section. [2017 c.731 §1; 2019 c.539 §2]Note: 406.530 (Campus veteran resource center grant programs) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 406 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.