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U.S. Department of the Treasury: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Matching Grant Program

Deadline: May 31, 2018

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Grant funding allows the Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication (SPEC) organization within the IRS to provide grants to partner organizations to achieve the following program objectives:

  • Enable the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program to extend services to underserved populations in hardest-to-reach areas, both urban and non-urban
  • Increase the capacity to file returns electronically
  • Heighten quality control
  • Enhance training of volunteers
  • Improve significantly the accuracy rate of returns prepared at VITA sites

The VITA Program offers free tax help for low to moderate income individuals – defined by the earned income tax credit (EITC) threshold, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and those having limited English proficiency. Trained VITA volunteers prepare basic federal income tax returns.

Additional information concerning this notice of funding opportunity can be found in IRS Publication 4671, VITA Grant Program Overview and Application Instructions, available on irs.gov.

Amount: A total of $15,000,000 is available to make up to 260 awards that will range from $5,000-$900,000 and have a median range of $40,000. The amount of award is dependent on the applicant’s reach and returns expected to be prepared in the program. Applicants must provide a 100% cost share or match of all federal funds awarded. Contributions, including cash and third party in-kind, shall be accepted as part of the grantee’s cost share.

Eligibility: Applicants must already be classified as one of the following:

  • Private or public nonprofit organizations, including but not limited to education institutions, credit unions, or faith based and community organizations.
  • State or local government agencies.
  • Federally recognized Indian tribal government.
  • Regional, statewide, or local coalition with one lead organization that meets one of the eligibility requirements noted above. The lead organization filing the application must have a substantive role in the coalition.

Note: Section 501(c)(4) organizations may apply; however, if awarded a grant, federal law will prohibit the organization from lobbying. Churches are required to have a determination letter to apply. If the organization is included as a subordinate in a group exemption ruling, include the official subordinate listing approved by the central organization.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=304287

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