Established in 1971 and now one of the largest senior volunteer programs in the nation, RSVP offers a diverse range of volunteer activities that serve communities to create measurable impact, benefit volunteers through the service experience, and create community capacity. Senior Corps RSVP engages Americans over the age of 55 in volunteer service that meets national and community needs and delivers lasting, meaningful results. With this NOFO, CNCS intends to fund successful applicants that increase the impact of volunteering as a response to local community needs.
In order to carry out Congress’s intent and to maximize the impact of investment in national service, CNCS has the following Focus Areas: Disaster Services – COVID 19 recovery; Economic Opportunity; Education; Environmental Stewardship; Healthy Futures; and Veterans and Military Families.
CNCS Agency-wide Funding Priorities: Programs that actively engage in removing structural racial equities, advancing racial equality, and increasing opportunity in order to achieve sustainable change in communities. In addition, work plans are encouraged to include efforts to help local communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may propose programming in any focus area to aid communities as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The following entities, including those that are current CNCS grantees, are eligible to apply: public or private non-profit organizations (including faith-based and other community organizations); institutions of higher education; government entities within states or territories (e.g. cities, counties); government recognized veteran serving organizations; labor organizations; partnerships and consortia; and Indian Tribes.
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*Award amounts will vary, as determined by the scope of the projects. CNCS expects to make awards in the range of $50,000 to $518,000.