Corporation for National and Community Service: AmeriCorps VISTA State New Projects
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) seeks Concept Papers for the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program from outcome-driven organizations that share the AmeriCorps VISTA mission of providing long term solutions to poverty. If the concept paper is accepted the organization will be invited to submit a full AmeriCorps VISTA project application to their State Office for review.
AmeriCorps VISTA is a federal anti-poverty program designed to provide needed resources to nonprofit organizations, federal, state, and local governments, tribal governments and public agencies to increase their capacity to lift communities out of poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA is a full-time national service program for organizations interested in developing lasting solutions to the problem of poverty in the United States. Projects must be developed in accordance with four core principles: an anti-poverty focus; community empowerment; sustainable solutions; and capacity building. Priorities/priority populations:
- Economic Opportunity: Employment/workforce development and housing
- Education: School readiness and K-12 success
- Healthy futures: Access to health care and food security; and opioid misuse, prevention, intervention, and recovery
- Veterans and military families: Economic opportunity, education, and healthy futures (opioid prevention, intervention, and recovery)
- Priority populations: Rural communities, Indian country, and areas of concentrated poverty
AmeriCorps VISTA members are placed at sponsoring organizations, and serve approximately 40 hours per week addressing issues which have been locally identified as community priorities. The project goals and activities are designed to build the sponsor’s capacity to serve low-income communities.
Amount: CNCS provides a modest living allowance depending on the county in which the VISTA serves, health benefits, and childcare benefits (if eligible). Members also receive either the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or an end-of-service cash stipend upon successful completion of their full year of service. A VISTA project may be continued on a year to year basis for up to three years based upon available resources, performance, and CNCS priorities.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations; Native American tribes; and state, city, and local government agencies are eligible to apply to be AmeriCorps VISTA sponsors. Eligible nonprofit organizations are not limited to those with IRS 501(c)(3) status but those with any IRS 501(c) status that focus on anti-poverty community development. Sponsoring organizations may be local, statewide, or national and must be able to manage the project, recruit, supervise, and provide logistical support (e.g., supplies and materials, on-the-job training, mileage reimbursement, or other transportation support) to the VISTA members.
- Organizations interested in hosting AmeriCorps VISTA members are required to submit a concept paper via eGrants to the CNCS State Office. Applicants are recommended to contact their local CNCS State Office to discuss project ideas and questions prior to submitting a concept paper. CNCS State Office contact information is available on the CNCS website. To email the applicant’s State Office, include the two letter state abbreviation followed by @cns.gov (i.e. NM@cns.gov).
- Two additional concept paper deadlines will be held in the coming year: April 1, 2019 and July 1, 2019.
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