Senior Companion Program

The Senior Companion Program (SCP) provides grants to qualified agencies and organizations for the dual purpose of engaging persons 55 and older, particularly those with limited incomes, in volunteer service to meet critical community needs; and to provide a high quality experience that will enrich the
lives of the volunteers.

Program funds are used to support Senior Companions in providing supportive, individualized services to help adults with special needs maintain their dignity and independence.

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:

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Public Health, Georgia Department Of $ 216,389   2022-04-012025-03-31
Sacramento, County Of $ 117,545   2022-04-012025-03-31
Lutheran Community Services Northwest $ 230,153   2022-04-012025-03-31
Elder Care Services, Inc. $ 368,804   2022-04-012025-03-31
Miami-dade, County Of $ 527,332   2022-04-012025-03-31
Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center Of Houston $ 282,193   2022-04-012025-03-31
Community Action Partnership Of North Alabama, Inc. $ 245,324   2022-04-012025-03-31
Benjamin Rose Institute $ 297,088   2022-04-012025-03-31
Corpus Christi, City Of $ 369,117   2022-04-012025-03-31
Wayne Action Group For Economic Solvency, Inc $ 361,641   2022-04-012025-03-31

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) awarded $713,000 in Senior Corps SCP funding to engage older adults to provide companionship and support to other adults in need of extra assistance to remain at home or in the community for as long as possible. There were 5 funding opportunities (geographic service areas) open for the 2017 SCP Replacement Sponsor Competition. Three applications were reviewed. All 3 applications were awarded for funding. In FY 2016, the entire SCP portfolio had more than 12,190 SCP volunteers serving 7 million hours across 180 federally-funded SCP projects. Fiscal Year 2017: ?Describe the program?s accomplishments, outputs, results achieved and services rendered. This information must be provided for the actual fiscal year. Estimates must be provided for the current fiscal year and the budget fiscal year. Quantitative data should be used as much as possible. Data on the number and ratio of applications should be provided. Indicate how many applications were received and how many awards were made for all three relevant fiscal years. When a new program is involved, anticipated accomplishments should be stated. For example, ?It is anticipated that 109 applications will be received and 25 awards will be grated in fiscal year 20__.?. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The grants may be used for: Senior Companion stipends, transportation, physical examinations, insurance, and meals; staff salaries and fringe benefits, staff travel, equipment, space costs, etc.

Assignment of Senior Companions to adults may occur in residential and non-residential facilities and in their own homes.

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

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

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

In addition, eligible agencies or organizations may, under 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 SCP projects using state, local and private funds.

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

Funds must be used as described in the approved application.

All appropriated funds awarded under this program are discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

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

Beneficiary Eligibility

Senior Companions must be: 55 years of age or older, with an income of up to 200 percent of poverty, based on the Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines; interested in serving special-needs adults, especially the frail elderly, and must be physically, mentally and emotionally capable, and willing to serve on a person-to-person basis. However, non-income eligible individuals may serve as non-stipended volunteers under certain conditions.


Various record 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 see the 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. Applications must be submitted following the Senior Corps Grant Application instructions (OMB Control No. 3045-0035). Applications are submitted via CNCS's eGrants system. For more information on eGrants, go to

Award Procedures

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


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


Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, as amended, Title 2, Part C, Section 213, Public Law 93-113, 42 U.S.C 5011.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

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


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.


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

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 10%. The SCP sponsor is required to match funds for their projects in part through local, non-federal contributions. The required local contribution is at least 10 percent of the total project budget. The local contribution portion should be reflected in the Budget Section of the application. The non-federal share can be cash on in-kind matching funds. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is usually awarded for project periods of three of 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


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.


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.


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 CNCS must first clear a National Service Criminal History Check and those check records must be maintained within grant records.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $43,710,959; FY 17 est $43,140,735; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range of financial assistance is from $0 to $779,169. The average of financial assistance is $228,258.

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:

Headquarters Office

Tamika Becton Corporation for National and Community Service Senior Corps - SCP 250 E Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20525 Email: 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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