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Notice: Sub-Grant Opportunity with
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program

Organization: The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (DBA The Veterans Consortium).

Action: Solicitation of proposals for the provision of training, education, and closely associated services to volunteer attorneys and related personnel providing pro bono representation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (the Court).

Summary: The Veterans Consortium hereby announces the availability of competitive sub-grant funds, for training, education and closely associated services, and solicits sub-grant proposals from interested parties. The exact amount of available sub-grant funds and the date, terms, and conditions of their availability for calendar year 2017 will be determined by the end of 2016, before the award of any sub‑grant(s).

Dates: The deadline to submit a Notice of Intent to Compete is Friday, 9 December 2016, at 5:00 pm Eastern time. Notices must be submitted by email to theveteransconsortium@vetsprobono.org. The Veterans Consortium anticipates releasing a Request for Proposals o/a Friday, 16 December 2016 with proposals due o/a Friday, 13 January 2017.

For Further Information, Contact: For questions about the application process, please contact Ed Glabus, Executive Director, by email at theveteransconsortium@vetsprobono.org.

Supplementary Information: The Veterans Consortium generally holds trainings approximately quarterly for volunteer attorneys and related personnel who pledge to provide pro bono representation before the Court. Usually two of these trainings are in the DC Metro area, and two regional trainings are held outside of the DC Metro area. The Veterans Consortium seeks proposals from: (1) Non-profit organizations, non-profit public interest law firms, or accredited law schools; or (2) private attorneys or law firms that seek to establish such a non-profit for these purposes, or (3) a team composed of one or more such organizations. Applicants must file a Notice of Intent to Compete (NIC) with The Veterans Consortium to participate in the competitive sub-grants process. The NIC must include the following information:

  1. organization name,
  2. organization type (e.g., non-profit organization, non-profit public interest law firm, accredited law school, or law firm),
  3. name and title of primary contact,
  4. primary contact mailing address, phone number, and email address,
  5. names and brief description of relevant experience of principals and key staff,
  6. names and brief description of experience of current governing board; and,
  7. if the non-profit has not yet been established, names and brief description of relevant experience of prospective key staff and prospective members of a government board.

“Relevant experience” includes experience with:

  1. veterans benefits law,
  2. providing training, education, and closely associate services,
  3. practice before the Court or supervising attorneys practicing before the Court and/or the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA),
  4. reviewing and evaluating veterans benefits cases,
  5. managing a pro bono project; and,
  6. providing training administration (registration, enrollment, materials preparation, logistics, etc.).

The NIC must not exceed five (5) single-spaced pages and must be submitted as a PDF document. The NIC must be submitted to theveteransconsortium@vetsprobono.org.

The submission deadline is Friday, 9 December 2016 by 5:00 pm Eastern Time.

The Request for Proposals, containing the sub-grant application, guidelines, proposal content requirements, and selection criteria, will be available o/a Friday, 16 December 2016. It will be sent by email to the point of contact in the NIC provided by each organization or proposed organization found qualified to apply. The Veterans Consortium anticipates awarding a one-year contract with two one-year options to the successful applicant(s).

For more information about The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, please see www.vetsprobono.org.

Dated: 21 November 2016


The Veterans Consortium is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of The Veterans Consortium that no employee or applicant for employment or services will be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, family responsibilities or family status, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by law, including the DC Human Rights Act and Language Access Act.