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2021 AmeriCorps Seniors Senior Companion Program (SCP) Expansion Sponsor Competition

Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, and Agencies in Multiple
States to Coordinate Senior Companions for Older Adults

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

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02/03/21 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofits, government agencies, tribes, and IHEs in multiple states to engage adults ages 55 and older in volunteer work to help older adults remain independent for as long as possible. Eligible states include Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Puerto Rico.

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

The AmeriCorps Seniors’ 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. AmeriCorps Seniors’ Senior Companion volunteers serve an average of 20 hours per week, with most 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, AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers improve their own lives by staying active and civically engaged.

AmeriCorps Seniors funding priorities for this grant cycle are:

  • AmeriCorps Seniors 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 healthy futures.
  • AmeriCorps Seniors encourages applicants to focus on efforts to help local communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may propose programming in the healthy futures focus area to aid communities as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • AmeriCorps Senior 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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 181743

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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 the following states: Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Puerto Rico.

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 3: The AmeriCorps Seniors Senior Companion Program
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 and Tuesday, January 12, 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 mid- 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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Contact Information:

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 more information, email AmeriCorps Seniors also offers live text chat at

Additional documents must be emailed to

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: Alaska;   Arkansas;   Florida;   Georgia;   Idaho;   Maryland;   New Mexico;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   South Carolina;   Utah;   Vermont;   Washington

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)

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