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FY 2021 RSVP Competition Senior Corps RSVP

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Indian Tribes, IHEs,
and Agencies for Senior Volunteer Programs

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Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

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09/03/20 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofits, Indian Tribes, IHEs, and state and local governments to create and implement community-based projects that utilize volunteer workers. Funding is intended for programs, involving volunteers ages 55 and older, within the focus areas of disaster services, education, healthy futures, veterans and military families, environmental stewardship, and economic opportunity. For additional information about these focus areas, see:

In addition, grants will support volunteer capacity-building activities provided by national service participants. These activities are indirect services that enable CNCS-supported organizations to recruit and manage community volunteers.

Senior Corps encourages grant applications to include work plans that advance justice and equality in areas such as education, access to food and healthcare, workforce development, elder justice, and living independently. Work plans are encouraged to include efforts to help local communities recover from COVID-19. Applicants may propose programming in any focus area to aid communities as they recover from the pandemic:

  • Disaster Services: Work plans that focus Senior Corps RSVP Volunteers to aid communities as they recover from COVID -19 or improving community resiliency through disaster preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation.
  • Evidence-based Program Implementation: Work plans, in any focus area, in which Senior Corps RSVP volunteers support the implementation of evidence-based program models. Evidence-based programs are models in which a set of activities and practices is supported by a theory of change tested through rigorous program evaluation.
  • Access to Care - Opioid Abuse: Work plans that focus Senior Corps RSVP volunteers on assignments that increase access to care and participation in health education activities designed to prevent or reduce prescription drug and opioid abuse.
  • Addressing Food Insecurity – Health Futures: Work plans that focus Senior Corps RSVP volunteers on assignments that increase community members' access to free healthy foods.
  • Aging in Place – Elder Justice: Work plans that focus Senior Corps RSVP volunteers on assignments addressing elder justice including activities that mitigate the potential that clients and caregivers will be victims of financial fraud, abuse, and/or neglect and/or that provide assistance and support services to victims of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
  • Aging in Place – Independent Living: Work plans that focus Senior Corps RSVP volunteers on assignments addressing independent living for older adults and individuals with disabilities including activities such as companionship that ease loneliness and social isolation and/or activities that give respite to informal caregivers.
  • Economic Opportunity – Workforce Development: Work plans that focus Senior Corps RSVP volunteers on assignments that support programs designed to increase the number of economically disadvantaged individuals receiving job training and other skill development services.
  • Education – Intergenerational Programming: Work plans that focus Senior Corps RSVP volunteers on assignments that address ways to increase older adult engagement with young people in the areas of school readiness and K-12 success.
  • Veterans and Military Families: Work plans that focus Senior Corps volunteers on positively impacting the quality of life of veterans and improving family military strength

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 144701

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

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.

Term of Contract:

CNCS anticipates making three-year grant awards. CNCS generally makes an initial award for the first year of operation, based on a one-year project period. Continuation awards for subsequent years depend upon the availability of appropriations and satisfactory performance and are not guaranteed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following non-federal entities that have DUNS numbers and are registered in SAM are eligible to apply:
- Indian tribes
- Institutions of higher educations
- Local governments,
- Nonprofit organizations
- States

In addition to Indian tribes as defined in 2 CFR §200.54, tribal organizations that are controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by Indian tribes are also eligible to apply.

Applicants must include work plans that meet the following minimum requirements:
- Work plans, when combined, must —at minimum—include the total number of unduplicated volunteers listed in Appendix A for the geographic service area affected.
- For every $1,000 in annual base federal funding, at least one unduplicated RSVP volunteer must be placed in work plans that result in national performance measure outcomes.
- Unduplicated RSVP Volunteers: Each volunteer can only be counted once even if they are assigned to more than one service activity. The volunteer should be counted in the area where he/she will make the most impact – in terms of the focus area, the type of service, or the scope of
service (such as the most number of hours served).

Pre-proposal Conference:

CNCS will host a series of webinars to introduce potential applicants to the RSVP, this competition, its performance measurement system and more. See below for available sessions, and click on the link to register and receive detailed connection information. All session will be recorded and recordings will be available shortly after a webinar’s conclusion.

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- Session 1: Introduction to CNCS, Senior Corps and RSVP
This session will introduce potential applicants to the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers the RSVP program as part of its mission to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering across the United States. The RSVP program will be looked at in more depth, examining how it empowers individuals 55 and over to serve their communities throughout the country.

Session 1: Monday, July 13, 2020, 3:30-4:30pm ET

Session 2: Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 3:30-4:30pm ET

- Session 2: A Tour of the Notice of Funding Opportunity
This session will look more closely at the Notice of Funding Opportunity (or “NOFO”) that describes the application process and its requirements in greater depth. The most important sections of this critical document will be spotlighted and other tools and resources you can use to help you through the application process will be highlighted.

Session 1: Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 3:30-4:30pm ET

Session 2: Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 3:30-4:30pm ET

- Session 3: RSVP in Action: Mobilizing a Generation
This session will focus on the RSVP program itself and how communities all across the country use RSVP grants to mobilize older Americans in service opportunities that address their unique local needs. The kinds of partnerships they form and how RSVP has been used to address the funding priorities for this competition will be explored, with some specific examples to help potential applicants envision their own RSVP programs.

Session 1: Monday, July 20, 2020, 3:30-4:30pm ET

Session 2: Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 3:30-4:30pm ET

- Session 4: Understanding the National Performance Measures
This session will review the National Performance Measures, CNCS’ method of quantifying a grantee’s impact on the community. The rationale behind this system of performance measurement, the menu of available output and outcome measures, and the specific requirements for RSVP applicants will be discussed. Real examples will be used to help understand how an individual grantee can contribute to the nationwide story of service told by the National Performance Measures.

Session 1: Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 3:30-4:30pm ET

Session 2: Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 3:30-4:30pm ET

- Session 5: Submitting Your Application Via eGrants
This session will be a walk-through of the process of submitting an application in CNCS’ electronic grants management system, eGrants, step-by-step. Pointers will be given on using the system so applicants are prepared to submit applications seamlessly.

Session 1: Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 3:30-4:30pm ET

Session 2: Thursday, August 13, 2020, 3:30-4:30pm ET

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due Tuesday, September 3, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Successful applicants will be notified by January 2021.

FY 2021 RSVP Competition grants will be awarded on a cost-reimbursement basis.

Applicants are required to match funds for their programs. The required match contribution in Year 1 of the grant is at least 10 percent, the required match portion is at least 20 percent in Year 2, and at least 30 percent match in Year 3 and subsequent years of the total program budget. The
applicant’s match can be cash and/or in-kind contributions. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to meet the 10 percent match requirement at the time that their application is submitted.

Incumbents only: Incumbent RSVP sponsors that are applying for 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 in which they are the incumbent sponsor. However, if a current RSVP sponsor applies for a new service area where they are not the incumbent, the application is considered new. For this service area, the sponsor must meet the required local contribution of at least 10 percent of the total project budget in Year 1, 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.

SAM registration must be renewed annually. CNCS suggests finalizing a new registration or renewing an existing one at least three weeks before the application deadline, to allow time to resolve any issues that may arise. Applicants must use their SAM-registered legal name and address on all grant applications to CNCS.



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Corporation for National and Community Service
ATTN: Office of Grants Policy and Operations/2020 RSVP Competition Application
250 E Street, SW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20525

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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

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