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Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) Grant

Grants to Florida Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Labor
Organizations for Volunteer Capacity Building

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Volunteer Florida and Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

08/16/19 5:00 PM EDT


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Grants of $15,000 and grants of $20,000 to Florida nonprofits, faith-based organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and labor organizations to expand capabilities for community service. In addition to the funding, technical assistance, coaching, and training will be provided to strengthen the organization's capacity and to help it to more effectively recruit, manage, support and retain skills-based volunteers.

Skills-based volunteering is a strategic type of volunteerism that expands the impact of community organizations by engaging professionals from all industries, matching their experience, talents and education with the needs of nonprofits. Overarching program goals for the FY 2019-2020 VGF program include the following: (1) service organizations with limited resources will have increased capacity; (2) skills-based volunteers will utilize existing skills and gain new skills, which may also be a pathway to employment; and (3) critical community needs will be met.

Volunteers should provide services in the following six CNCS priority areas: 1) Disaster Services, 2) Economic Opportunity, 3) Education, 4) Environmental Stewardship, 5) Healthy Futures, 6) Veterans and Military Families.

Proposals including one of the priority areas listed below will receive a scoring priority:
1. Disaster Services: Improving community resiliency through disaster preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation.
2. Opioid Crisis: Reducing and/or preventing prescription drug and opioid abuse.

The proposal must include all of the following performance measures:
1. 400 skills based volunteers recruited
2. 3,000 hours served by skills based volunteers
3. Participation in a pre-/post-test assessment measuring organizational implementation of effective volunteer management practices.

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182196

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

An estimated 24 organizations

Estimated Size of Grant:

New applicant organizations will be eligible to receive $15,000 in grant funding. Organizations entering their third year of VGF funding will be eligible to receive $20,000 in grant funding.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is a twelve-month period, beginning October 1, 2019 and ending September 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

VGF is open to public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith based and other community organizations; institutions of higher education; government entities within states or territories; labor organizations; partnerships and consortia; or Indian Tribes.

Applicants must serve the needs of Floridians.

Organizations that have received VGF program funds for three (3) years are not eligible for FY 2019-2020 VGF funding.

The Volunteer Generation Fund cannot be used as an expansion of existing federally funded national service programs such as: AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, and Senior Corps (RSVP, Foster Grandparents).

Organizations receiving the following Volunteer Florida grants are not eligible for the FY 2019-2020 VGF funding: AmeriCorps and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Pre-proposal Conference:

Volunteer Florida will host a technical assistance conference call for the Volunteer Generation Fund FY 2019-2020 funding opportunity. The technical assistance call is scheduled for Tuesday, July 23, 2019 from 10am – 11am (ET) via GoToMeeting.

Individuals can join the call from a computer, tablet or smartphone:

Individuals can also dial in by phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
United States: +1 (646) 749-3117

Access Code: 235-971-661

Pre-Application Information:

Volunteer Generation Fund proposals must be submitted to Volunteer Florida in the Blackbaud online portal by Tuesday, August 7, 2019 at 5:00pm EDT.

The VGF sub-grantees (one program and one finance staff member) will be required to attend a comprehensive training to establish or strengthen a skills-based volunteer program. In addition, sub-grantees will receive ongoing technical assistance and coaching. The Volunteer Generation Fund sub-grantee training is anticipated to occur on November 19-21, 2019.

- Application opens: July 12, 2019
- Application technical assistance calls: July 23, 2029, 10:00 AM EDT
- Application due to Volunteer Florida: August 16, 2019 by 5:00 PM EDT
- Internal programmatic and budget review: Aug. 19, 2019 - Sept. 2, 2019
- Clarification provided to applicants: September 2, 2019
- Final applications and budgets including clarification changes due to Volunteer Florida: September 13, 2019
- Notification of Award: September 30, 2019
- Contracts provided to successful applicants: October 1, 2019
- Volunteer Florida VGF contract overview conference call: Oct. 8, 2019
- Letters to applicants not receiving funding (as applicable): Oct. 31, 2019
- Volunteer Generation Fund Training(required for sub grantees): November 19-12 (anticipated)

VGF is a reimbursement grant. Grantees are required to provide a 100% in kind and/or cash match.

CNCS Focus Areas:

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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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To ensure that this funding process is carried out in a fair and equitable manner, all questions should be submitted to

Volunteer Florida
1545 Raymond Diehl Road
Suite 250
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Phone: 850.414.7400
Fax: 850.921.5146

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida