Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) provides grants that support volunteers 55 years and older serving in a diverse range of activities that meet specific community needs and respond to the National Performance Measures.

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Agency - Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service is the nation's largest grant-maker supporting service and volunteering. Through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs, the Corporation is a catalyst for change and offers every American a chance to contribute through service and volunteering.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

CNCS maintains state offices in most States.

Refer to the CNCS website for address and contact information: https://www.nationalservice.gov/about/contact-us/state-offices.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Positive Maturity Inc $ 135,138   2020-07-012023-06-30
United Way Of The Lakeshore, Inc. $ 91,643   2020-07-012023-06-30
Human Development Commission Inc $ 47,500   2020-07-012023-06-30
Egyptian Area Agency On Aging Inc $ 107,500   2020-07-012023-06-30
Senior Care Inc $ 60,791   2020-04-012023-03-31
Lifescape Community Services Inc $ 159,054   2020-04-012023-03-31
Norfolk, County Of $ 78,602   2020-04-012023-03-31
Aroostook Area Agency On Aging Inc. $ 79,175   2020-04-012023-03-31
Visiting Nurse Association Of The Treasure Coast, Inc. $ 91,959   2020-04-012023-03-31
Uintah Basin Association Of Governments $ 47,500   2020-04-012023-03-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced more that $870,000 in Senior Corps RSVP funding to support senior volunteer service at 16 community nonprofits and organizations across the country. These RSVP projects will leverage the experience and skills of more than 3,000 Senior Corps RSVP volunteers who will serve in schools, disaster response initiatives, veteran's organizations, and other areas. There were 23 funding opportunities (geographic service areas) open for the 2017 RSVP Limited Geographic Area Competition. Nineteen applications were reviewed for 17 funding opportunities. A total of 16 applications were awarded for funding. In FY 2016, the entire RSVP portfolio had more than 208,000 Senior Corps RSVP volunteers serving over 46 million hours across 627 federally-funded RSVP projects. Fiscal Year 2017: The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) anticipates approximately $3 million for the 2017 RSVP Expansion Competition for approximately 40 grants. The award amount will vary, as determined by the scope of the RSVP project. CNCS expects to make awards of a minimum of $75,000. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Volunteers are not to supplant hiring, displace employed workers, or impair existing contracts for service.

No agency supervising volunteers may request or receive compensation for services of the volunteers.

Volunteers may not be involved in and funds may not be used for religious activities, labor or anti-labor organizations, lobbying, or partisan or non-partisan political activities.

Grants may be used for staff salaries and fringe benefits, staff travel, equipment, and related expenses, and for volunteer out-of- pocket expenses, primarily for transportation.

In addition, eligible agencies or organizations may, with a Notice of Grant Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), receive technical assistance and materials to aid in establishing and operating non-CNCS funded RSVP projects using local funds.

Refer to the program's Notice of Federal Funding for additional information for uses and restrictions including the prohibited activities.

Restrictions on use of funds are described in the program's Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity.

Use of funds must be consistent with the funded application, and are subject to the Corporation for National and Community Service's grants administration laws, regulations and policies.

All appropriated funds awarded under this program are discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

See the program's Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Persons age 55 and older who are willing to volunteer on a regular basis by serving in a diverse range of activities that meet specific community needs. See the program's Notice of Federal Funding for additional information.

Credentials/Documentation

Various records and forms required for first time applicants, as well as a copy of the applicant's last audit, may be requested. First time applicants must certify financial systems. Please program's Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. See program's Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity and application instructions for information on award procedures.

Award Procedures

See program?s Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity and application instructions for information on award procedures.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, as amended, Title 2, Part A, Section 201, Public Law 93-113, 42 U.S.C 5001.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

> 180 Days. See program?s Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity.

Appeals

No formal appeals for denial of initial grant application, but regulations provide for hearings on terminations and suspensions, and opportunity to show cause in cases of denial of refunding. See program?s Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity.

Renewals

From 120 to 180 days. See program?s Invitation to Apply.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: The RSVP sponsor is 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. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is usually awarded for project periods of three or more years; funding must be obligated during the award project period and liquidated by the end of the closeout period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

Cash management reports are required.

The Corporation for National and Community Service uses the US HHS Payment Management System for payments and cash management reporting.

Progress reporting requirements are described in the awarded grant terms and conditions or provisions.

The Corporation for National and Community Service collects Federal Financial Reports (FFR).

FFRs are collected electronically by the HHS Payment Management System for the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The Corporation for National and Community Service and its grant recipients are required to practice risk-based monitoring and routine field and desk-based oversight of all grant awards and expenditures.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Corporation for National and Community Services grants are subject to audit by Corporation for National and Community Service employees, the CNCS Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office, and auditors contracted by CNCS.

Records

Grant recipients must maintain all grant financial and program records for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final Federal Financial Report for the award. This includes but is not limited to all financial records including receipts, disbursements, and vouchers for federal and non-federal costs; time cards, copies of all contracts, personnel records, and job descriptions; program execution and performance records, criminal history checks, and similar records to reflect all activities and spending performed under the award. Note that all individuals receiving a salary, living allowance, stipend, National Trust Education Award or similar compensation through a national service program funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service must first clear a National Service Criminal History Check and those check records must be maintained within grant records.

Financial Information

Account Identification

95-2728-1-2-000.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $47,854,586; FY 17 est $47,135,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range of financial assistance ranges from $0 to $728,668. The average amount of financial assistance requested is $80,239.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

See program?s Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity or Invitation to Apply for specific regulations and guidelines.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. CNCS maintains state offices in most States. Refer to the CNCS website for address and contact information: https://www.nationalservice.gov/about/contact-us/state-offices.

Headquarters Office

Tamika Becton Corporation for National and Community Service Senior Corps - RSVP 250 E Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20525 Email: tbecton@cns.gov Phone: (202) 606-5000

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposal selection criteria are described in the program?s Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity or Invitation to Apply.



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