Office of Veterans Business Development | Resources

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) this week announced the release of funding opportunity VFPETP-2017-01, a funding opportunity for a U.S.-based organization to expand an existing veteran entrepreneurship training program that provides federal procurement training for veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB and SDVOSB) to build the capacity of VOSBs and SDVOSBs to compete for, and win, federal contracts.

The funding opportunity, offered by SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD), will enable one awardee to deliver, and scale as required, an existing veteran federal procurement entrepreneurial training program to VOSBs and SDVOSBs who intend to pursue, or are already engaged in, federal procurement.

SBA anticipates awarding one cooperative agreement from this announcement. A maximum of $500,000.00 in funding is available annually for up to four years. The period of performance consists of a base period of 12 months and three option periods of 12 months each.

The VFPETP funding competition is open to eligible non-profit or private sector organizations with a demonstrated history of providing quality entrepreneurship and/or business management training for VOSBs and SDVOSBs Other criteria that will be evaluated include performance metrics, outcomes of the exiting program and the ability to scale operations of the existing program to serve SVOSB and VOSB from all US states and territories.

“Federal agencies are expected to conduct at least 3% of their procurement actions with SDVOSBs. This 3% goal is our floor, not our ceiling,” said Barbara Carson, Associate Administrator, SBA Office of Veterans Business Development. “Fortunately, we’ve surpassed this 3% minimum over the past four fiscal years and I look forward to working with the successful awardee to ensure we continue this progress.”

OVBD will host a webinar on May 24th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. EDT to provide additional information and address any questions related to the VFPETP grant announcement. To ensure your questions are addressed during the webinar, please submit them to Jerry Godwin at jerry.godwin@sba.gov prior to 4:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 19th. The webinar link, call-in number, and access code are listed below:

USA Toll-Free: (888) 958-2144 or (646) 746-3008

Access Code: 1183010

Web Conference URL: https://www.connectmeeting.att.com

Information, including a transcript of the webinar (once available), will be posted on grants.gov and www.sba.gov/ovbd

Eligible, interested parties should submit their application for funding opportunity VFPETP-2017-01 through the grants.gov web-portal, at www.grants.gov. Applications submitted via other media, including this website will be rejected and will not be evaluated.

Applications must be submitted via grants.gov no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on June 8, 2017.