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2018 Senior Companion Program (SCP) Replacement Sponsor Competition

Grants to Georgia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania Nonprofits,
IHEs, and Agencies for Companionship for Older Adults

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Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

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06/26/18 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofits, government agencies, tribes, and IHEs in Georgia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania to help older adults remain independent for as long as possible. Organizations will coordinate programs that engage adults (age 55 and up) to provide support and companionship to other adults who require assistance.

Purpose of SCP Replacement Sponsor Competition Funding:

The mission of CNCS is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. Through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, CNCS has helped to engage millions of citizens in meeting community and national challenges through service and volunteer action.

Established in 1974, the Senior Companion Program (SCP) engages adults age 55 and over to provide companionship and support to other adults in need of extra assistance to remain at home or in the community for as long as possible. Senior Companion volunteers serve an average of 20 hours per week, with the majority of the volunteer service taking place in the homes of their clients. Among other activities, they provide companionship to ease loneliness and social isolation, assist with transportation and light chores, help to serve as eyes and ears to professionals who can intervene in the case of medical or other deterioration on the part of the clients, and give support to informal caregivers. While serving, Senior Companion volunteers improve their own lives by staying active and civically engaged.

The purpose of this grant funding is to support one or more grant(s) for Senior Companion Program (SCP) operations and programming within the specific geographic service areas. Within each state, there are designated geographic locations in which applicants should propose to provide SCP services. Please see the Senior Corps Replacement Grants page for an individual Fact Sheet for each state included. Each state Fact Sheet includes information on the geographic locations, the estimated annual federal funding, the total number of Volunteer Service Years associated, and the application deadline.

Applicants should be aware that individual Senior Companion volunteers may still be serving in the geographic service areas listed in each state Fact Sheet, who were enrolled by the incumbent or previous sponsor of the SCP project in the geographic service area. Applicants should consider these volunteers in planning the SCP project proposed in the grant application, and are encouraged to make efforts to allow these volunteers to continue serving in the proposed new SCP project.

Funding Priorities:

Through these grant competitions, CNCS intends to fund SCP grants in specific geographic service areas due to the incumbent SCP sponsor relinquishing the grant or otherwise vacating services in the geographic location.
SCP grant applications must:
-Propose to serve a geographic service area that is listed in the State Fact Sheet
-Meet the National Performance Measure requirements and other criteria established in this Notice

This Notice prioritizes grant-making in the Healthy Futures 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 address health needs within communities by focusing specifically on independent living (aging in place), and access to health care. Activities may include supporting the ability of homebound, older adults and individuals with disabilities to live independently.

In order to receive priority consideration, applicants must demonstrate that the priority area is a significant part of the program focus and intended outcomes, and must include a high quality program design. Proposing programs that receive priority consideration does not guarantee funding.

National Performance Measures:

CNCS expects applicants to use National Performance Measures as part of a comprehensive performance management strategy that relies on both performance and evaluation data to learn from its work, and make tactical and strategic adjustments to achieve their goals.

Applicants are required to use the specific performance measures outlines in this Notice. For more information, please refer to SCP National Performance Measures Instructions at Senior Corps Replacement Grants.

Applicants must identify Healthy Futures as the Primary focus area. Work plans must include at least one (1) service activity in the selected Primary focus area. The Primary focus area should represent the area in which the incumbent aims to make the most impact.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181743

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $6,000 per Volunteer Service Year (VSY). The $6,000 per VSY is the ceiling, and may not be exceeded. Applicants may request a rate per VSY that is less than $6,000. There is no established floor.

Term of Contract:

The initial budget period will start on September 1, 2018 and end on June 30, 2019. (The FY 18 award amount will be prorated accordingly.) Subsequent budget periods will be 12 months in duration, July 1 through June 30.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

The following non-federal entities (as defined in 2 CFR §200.69) that have DUNS numbers and are registered in System for Award Management (SAM) are eligible to apply:
-Indian tribes (2 CFR §200.54)
-Institutions of higher education (2 CFR §200.55)
-Local governments (2 CFR §200.64)
-Nonprofit organizations (2 CFR §200.70)
-States (2 CFR §200.90)

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. If an entity applies for an award as a tribal organization on behalf of a federally-recognized tribe, or multiple specific federally-recognized tribes, it must submit a sanctioning resolution, applicable to the entirety of the performance period to which the applicant is applying, adopted by the Tribal Council (or comparable tribal governing body) of each Indian tribe.

The resolution(s) must identify the entity by name as a tribal organization and indicate whether it is controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by an Indian tribe(s). It must authorize the entity to be the legal applicant and act on behalf of and include the Indian tribe(s) in a CNCS application for the purpose of conducting the activities and providing the services described in the application. A current resolution will not suffice to meet this requirement unless the resolution applies to the entire performance period of the award, i.e. current resolutions that are applicable to a previous Senior Corps award at the time of application submission, but expire during the prospective performance period of a new award, do not meet this requirement.

Pre-proposal Conference:

All training and technical assistance calls will be hosted by the individual State Offices. Please note that participants are encouraged to attend the calls. Each call will include a question and answer portion. Please refer to the specific State Fact Sheet for contact information.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM EST
Dial-In Number: 866.670.8282
Participant Code: 40137981

New Jersey:
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Dial-In Number: 866.670.8282
Participant Code: 80503973

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 10:00 AM EST
Dial-In Number: 866.670.8282
Participant Code: 68871713

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are required to match funds for their projects in part through, non-CNCS contributions. The required local contribution is at least 10 percent of the total project budget. The local contribution portion should be reflected in the Budget Section of the application. The non-CNCS share can be cash or in-kind matching funds.

Please review your state’s Fact Sheet to see the funding details for the geographic service area(s).

SCP Federal Regulations:

SCP Work Plan Alignment:

Contact Information:

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

Bernard Brown, Pennsylvania State Program Director
(215) 964-6350

Amieko Watson, Georgia State Program Director
(404) 965-2102

Melissa Allen, New Jersey State Program Director
(609) 503-2043

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Georgia: Fulton, Gwinnett, Dekalb, and Clayton Counties;   New Jersey: Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington Counties;   Pennsylvania: Montgomery County