Corporation for National and Community Service: RSVP Expansion CompetitionDeadline: April 4, 2017
The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. Established in 1971 and now one of the largest senior volunteer programs in the nation, RSVP engages people age 55 and older in diverse range of volunteer activities. Volunteers tutor children, renovate homes, teach English to immigrants, assist victims of natural disasters, provide independent living services, recruit and manage other volunteers, and serve in their communities in many other ways. Senior Corps RSVP volunteers choose how, where, and how often they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to a maximum of 40 hours per week. While serving, RSVP volunteers improve their own lives by staying active and civically engaged. Through this expansion competition, CNCS focuses on increasing the impact of national service in certain counties across the country (see eligibility below).
CNCS’s priorities for this grant competition include six Focus Areas and the key goal of Capacity Building as
- Disaster Services: Grants will help individuals and communities prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate disasters and increase community resiliency. Activities may include assisting in disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and/or mitigation.
- Economic Opportunity: Grants will provide support and/or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to the improved economic well-being and security of individuals who are economically disadvantaged. Activities may include providing housing-related assistance for economically disadvantaged people, including homeless individuals.
- Education: Grants will provide support and/or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to improved educational outcomes for people who are economically disadvantaged, especially children, and for children with special and/or exceptional needs. Activities may include providing support and/or facilitating access to services and resources that contribute to school readiness; providing support that improves academic performance; and providing support that improves academic engagement.
- Environmental Stewardship: Grants will provide services that contribute to increased energy and water efficiency, renewable energy use, or improved at-risk ecosystems. Grant activities will support increasing citizen behavioral change leading to increased efficiency, renewable energy use, and ecosystem improvements particularly for economically disadvantaged households and communities. Activities may include improving at-risk acres (land and/or water) in national, state, city or county parks, or other public or tribal lands.
- Healthy Futures: Grants will assist with meeting health needs within communities including access to care, aging in place, and childhood obesity. Activities may include supporting the ability of adults who are homebound or older adults and individuals with disabilities, to live independently and assisting individuals with access to food resources.
- Veterans and Military Families: Grants will positively impact the quality of life of veterans and improve military family strength. Activities may include supporting veterans, veterans’ family members, military service members, and military service members’ families.
- Capacity Building: In addition to the Focus Areas described above, grants will also provide support for volunteer capacity building activities provided by national service participants. These activities are indirect services that enable CNCS-supported organizations to recruit and manage community volunteers.
In addition to addressing one or more of the Focus Areas above, which is a requirement, CNCS is particularly interested in supporting applications that propose to include one or more of the priorities listed below.
Evidence-Based Program Implementation: Senior Corps RSVP volunteers provide support to the implementation of evidence based program models for which a set of activities and practices is supported by a theory of change tested through a rigorous program evaluation.
Programs that emphasize or focus on programming including:
- Elder Justice: applicants focus on the Elder Justice Act priorities by placing volunteers in assignments that mitigate the potential that clients and caregivers served by RSVP volunteers will be victims of financial fraud, abuse, and/or neglect and/or that provide assistance and support services to victims of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
- Education—Intergenerational Programming: applicants address ways to increase older adult engagement with young people in the areas of school readiness and K-12 success.
- Access to Care—Opioid Abuse: applicants address ways to increase access to care and participation in health education, including prevention activities, related to opioid abuse.
- Aging in Place—Transportation: applicants focus on the access to preventive/medical appointments or other services that allow them to live independently.
- Economic Opportunity—Housing: applicants contribute to the provision of services for individuals who are economically-disadvantaged, including individuals who are homeless, to transition into safe, healthy, affordable housing.
Amount: Award amounts will vary, as determined by the scope of the projects. CNCS expects to make awards of a minimum of $75,000.
Applicants are required to match funds in part for their projects through local, non-federal contributions. The required local contribution in Year 1 of the grant is at least 10 percent of the total project budget. The required portion is at least 20 percent in Year 2, and at least 30 percent in Year 3 and subsequent years, if the grant is renewed beyond three years.
Eligibility: Indian tribes; institutions of higher education; local governments; nonprofit organizations; states; and tribal organizations that are controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by Indian tribes. The legal applicant must have sufficient local presence to directly manage the proposed RSVP grant.
Eligible geographic areas in New Mexico include the following counties: Catron, Cibola, Colfax, DeBaca, Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Guadalupe, Harding, Hidalgo, Lea, Los Alamos, McKinley, Mora, Quay, Rio Arriba, San Juan, San Miguel, Sierra, Socorro, Taos, Torrance, and Union.
Note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a notice of intent to apply by March 7, 2017.