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2015 RSVP Competition

Grants to USA Non-Profits & Others to Create
Community-Service Senior Volunteer Programs

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Corporation for National and Community Service

LOI Date:

08/08/14

Deadline Date:

09/09/14 5:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants starting at approximately $15,000 to USA non-profits, universities, and public agencies to create and implement community-based projects that utilize volunteer workers, 55 years and older. Applicants are strongly encouraged to send a Notice of Intent to Apply by Friday, August 8, 2014. Volunteer programs may focus on the following areas of interest: education, healthy futures, veterans and military families, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, and disaster services.

Disaster Services:
Grants will help individuals and communities prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate disasters and increase community resiliency. Activities may include: assisting in disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and/or mitigation.

Economic Opportunity:
Grants will provide support and/or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to the improved economic well-being and security of economically disadvantaged individuals. Activities may include: providing housing-related assistance for economically disadvantaged people, including homeless individuals.

Education:
Grants will provide support and/or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to improved educational outcomes for economically disadvantaged people, especially children, and for children with special and/or exceptional needs. Activities may include:
• Providing support and/or facilitating access to services and resources that contribute to school readiness
• Providing support that improves academic performance
• Providing support that improves academic engagement

Environmental Stewardship:
Grants will provide services that contribute to increased energy and water efficiency, renewable energy use, or improved at-risk ecosystems. Grant activities will support increased citizen behavioral change leading to increased efficiency, renewable energy use, and ecosystem improvements particularly for economically disadvantaged households and communities. Activities may include: improving at-risk acres (land and/or water) in national, state, city or county parks, or other public or tribal lands.

Healthy Futures:
Grants will assist with meeting health needs within communities including access to care, aging in place, and childhood obesity. Activities may include:
• Supporting the ability of home-bound, older adults and individuals with disabilities to live independently
• Assisting individuals with access to food resources

Veterans and Military Families:
Grants will positively impact the quality of life of veterans and improve military family strength. Activities may include: Supporting veterans, veterans' family members, military service members, and military service members’ families.

Capacity Building:
In addition to the Focus Areas described above, grants also will provide support for capacity building activities provided by national service participants. Capacity building activities are indirect services that enable CNCS-supported organizations to provide more, better and sustained direct services. Capacity building activities cannot be solely intended to support the administration or operations of the organization. Activities may include: recruitment or management of community volunteers.

Through this competition CNCS seeks to identify the most competitive applicants and increase the impact of national service in 341 specific communities across the country (see Appendix A for a list of eligible communities).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 144701

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$18,000,000

Term of Contract:

The project period is three years. The funding available for each opportunity covers the first year of project operations. Grantees are then eligible for continuation funding in the 2nd and 3rd years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-The legal entities that are eligible for this competition are public agencies (including state and local agencies and other units of government); private non-profit organizations (including community-based organizations, both faith-based and secular); institutions of higher education; and Indian tribes.

-Applicants must be one of these legal entities at the time the application is submitted.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Senior Corps is hosting a minimum of five technical assistance conference calls for potential applicants. Calls will be conducted in a standard format that includes a brief overview and a questions and answers session. All calls will be recorded. Replay information for each call will be posted within a day following the call.

Please be advised dates and times can be changed.

TTA Call 1: NOFO Overview
Replay Number: 888-482-2241
Webinar Replay: https://cncs.webex.com/cncs/lsr.php?RCID=a2945dcc1b21391a4c4f8a6a1d05dbc3
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TTA Call 2: RSVP 101
Date: July 16, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Call-in Number: 888-566-6133
Participant Code: 6583408
Webinar Link: https://cncs.webex.com/cncs/k2/j.php?MTID=tb616ad80724ef4be56e76f25837fd8bb
Webinar Password: rsvp

TTA Call 3: eGrants
Date: July 29, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Call-in Number: 888-566-6133
Participant Code: 6583408
Webinar Link: https://cncs.webex.com/cncs/k2/j.php?MTID=t7d3cb3a3794755a0c01e72fe79a4ff94
Webinar Password: rsvp

TTA Call 4: Performance Measure Module
Date: August 14, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Call-in Number: 888-566-6133
Participant Code: 6583408
Webinar Link: https://cncs.webex.com/cncs/k2/j.php?MTID=ta63ded6267a61423314b8edfd10b10a7
Webinar Password: rsvp

TTA Call 5: eGrants
Date: August 26, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Call-in Number: 888-566-6133
Participant Code: 6583408
Webinar Link: https://cncs.webex.com/cncs/k2/j.php?MTID=td36846ffd5e8a9cead5fb0ae48e067da
Webinar Password: rsvp

Pre-Application Information:

-Applicants are strongly encouraged to send a Notice of Intent to Apply by Friday, August 8, 2014. For further information to how to craft and submit the LOI, visit the URL below.

-To submit an online application, go to: http://www.nationalservice.gov/build-your-capacity/grants/egrants. Contact the National Service Hotline at (800) 942-2677 or via (https://questions.nationalservice.gov/app/ask_eg) if a problem arises when creating an account or preparing or submitting the application.

-All applicants applying to establish an RSVP project for the purpose of this competition are required to fund their projects in part through local, non-federal contributions. The required local contribution in Year 1 of the grant is at least 10 percent of the total project budget. The required portion is at least 20 percent in Year 2, and at least 30 percent in Year 3 and subsequent years, if the grant is renewed beyond three years. The local contribution portion should be reflected in the Budget Section of the application.

-The non-federal share can be cash or in-kind matching funds.

-Incumbent RSVP sponsors that are applying for grant funding in this grant competition are required to budget and raise at least 30 percent of the total project budget only when applying for the funding opportunity where they are the incumbent sponsor. However, if a current RSVP applies for a new service area where they are not the incumbent; there is only a requirement of at least 10% non-federal share.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email: 2015RSVP@cns.gov

CFDA Number:

94.002

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming