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2021 AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) Expansion Sponsor Competition

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs in Multiple
States to Coordinate Senior Mentors for Children and Youth

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AmeriCorps Seniors and Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

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02/03/21 5:00 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and IHEs in multiple states to engage adults ages 55 and older in volunteer work as mentors and tutors to children and youth. Eligible states include California, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, and Wisconsin.

The mission of AmeriCorps is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. 

The AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) engages adults age 55 and over to provide loving and experienced tutors and mentors to children and youth with special or exceptional needs, or who would benefit from the one-one-one attention a AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer can provide. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve an average of 20 hours per week in schools, hospitals, drug treatment centers, correctional institutions, and childcare centers. Among other activities, they review schoolwork, reinforce values, teach parenting skills to young parents, and care for premature infants and children with disabilities. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers often maintain an ongoing, intensive relationship with the children and youth served for a year or longer.

AmeriCorps Seniors priorities for this grant cycle include:

  • The AmeriCorps Seniors program is committed, in this grant competition, to focus on programs that actively engage in removing structural racial inequities, advancing racial equality, and increasing opportunity in order to achieve sustainable change in communities. AmeriCorps Seniors encourages grant applications to include work plans that advance justice and equality in areas such as education.
  • AmeriCorps Seniors encourages applicants to focus on efforts to help local communities respond to and recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may propose programming in the education focus area to aid communities as they recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • AmeriCorps Seniors prioritizes grant making in the education focus area identified by the National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended by the Serve America Act. Under this focus area, grants must provide 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 need. Activities may include providing support and/or facilitating access to services and resources that contribute to school readiness, providing support that improves academic performance, and providing support that improves academic engagement.

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GrantWatch ID#: 160395

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Applicants may apply for any federal funding level within the parameters that the funding level may not exceed $6,500.00 per VSY.

Funding amounts will vary per service area.

AmeriCorps Seniors expects to make awards with a minimum federal funding level of $260,000.00 and 40 VSY. The final award amounts will vary as determined by the scope of the projects.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following non-federal entities (all of which are defined in 2 CFR 200.69) are eligible to apply:
- Indian tribes
- Institutions of higher education
- 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 federally recognized Indian tribes are also eligible to apply. If an entity applies for an award as a tribal organization that is controlled or chartered by one or more Indian tribes, the organization must provide copies of, or links to, documentation which demonstrates that the organization is controlled or chartered by a federally recognized Indian tribe. If an entity applies as an organization sanctioned by a federally recognized tribe, or multiple specific federally recognized tribes, it must submit a sanctioning resolution, adopted by the Tribal Council (or comparable tribal governing body) of each Indian tribe. The resolution(s) must identify the entity applying for an AmeriCorps Seniors award by name as a tribal organization that is sanctioned by the Indian tribe(s) for the purpose of applying for AmeriCorps Seniors funding (or federal grant funds generally).

Applications will be considered for programs serving eligible areas of the following states: California, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, and Wisconsin.

Pre-proposal Conference:

AmeriCorps Seniors will host a series of webinars to introduce potential applicants to the AmeriCorps Seniors SCP program, this competition, its performance measurement system and more. All sessions will be recorded and recordings will be available online shortly after a webinar’s conclusion.

Register online for the webinars:

Session 1: Introducing the 2021 FGP-SCP Competition
Monday, October 5, 2020 and Tuesday, January 5, 2021
3:30 PM ET

Session 2: The AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 and Wednesday, January 6, 2021
3:30 PM ET

Session 4: Submitting Your Application in eGrants
Thursday, October 15, 2020 and Thursday, January 14, 2021
3:30 PM ET

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Applications are due by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

Successful applicants will be notified by early April 2021.

Successful applicants will be issued awards by June 2021.

Entities must have a valid SAM registration and DUNS and/or Unique Entity Identifier to receive an award.

The FY 2021 AmeriCorps Seniors SCP grants will be awarded on a cost reimbursement basis.

Applicants are required to match funds equal to ten percent of their requested program budget. The applicant’s match can be non- AmeriCorps Seniors cash and/or in-kind contributions. Applicants must indicate whether the match is proposed or secured. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to meet the ten percent match requirement at the time of application submission.

AmeriCorps Seniors recommends that applicants create an eGrants account and begin the application at least three weeks before the deadline. Applicants should draft the application as a Word document, then copy and paste the text into the appropriate eGrants field no later than 10 days before the deadline.

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

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For technical questions and problems with the eGrants system, call the National Service Hotline at (800) 942-2677.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California;   Iowa;   Kentucky;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Montana;   Nebraska;   New York;   Oklahoma;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Utah;   Wisconsin

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