Monday, July 1, 2013

2014 Senior Corps: Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Competition

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has announced funding for the 2014 Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Competition. RSVP is part of Senior Corps, a CNCS program that connects people ages 55 and up with people and organizations in need of volunteers.

Established in 1971, RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the country for people ages 55 and over. RSVP volunteers serve communities in a multitude of ways, including organizing neighborhood watch programs, tutoring and mentoring youth, renovating homes, teaching English and assisting victims of natural disasters. Time commitments range from a few hours to 40 hours a week. Utilizing volunteers is a great way to boost efforts in communities implementing place-based initiatives and serves as a great strategy that can connect residents across generations.

In alignment with the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (SAA) and the CNCS Strategic Plan, grantmaking will be focused on the following six Focus Areas:
  • Education
  • Healthy Futures
  • Veterans and Military Families
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Disaster Services 
Within each Focus Area, grantees must meet National Performance Measure requirements, described in detail here.

CNCS anticipates awarding approximately $14.5 million to new RSVP grants. Through the 2014 RSVP Competition, CNCS is looking to increase their impact in 270 specific communities. Maximum award amounts and minimum number of volunteers to be included in the project vary by location. For a complete list of locations, minimum numbers of volunteers needed, and maximum award amounts, click here.

Eligible applicants include public agencies, non-profit organizations, higher education institutions, government-recognized veteran service organizations and Indian Tribes.

CNCS will offer training and technical assistance for potential grant applicants. FAQs about this opportunity are updated regularly here.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply by August 10, 2013. The final application is due September 10 by 5 PM EST.

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