Volunteer Generation Fund

The Volunteer Generation Fund will increase the number of people who serve in meaningful roles as volunteers dedicated to addressing important needs in communities across America.

More specifically, the Fund will support efforts that expand the capacity of volunteer connector organizations to

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recruit, manage, support, and retain individuals to serve in high quality assignments, including those that are aligned with special days of service such as the Martin Luther King Jr.

Day of Service and the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Please see the transparency section at www.nationalservice.gov for examples of funded projects.

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

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 - None.

Not Applicable.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

This competition is open to State Service Commissions on National and Community Service only.

Commissions that receive funding through the Volunteer Generation Fund may directly carry out the activities supported under the award, or may carry out the activity by making subgrants to community-based entities.

Must be used for the program and activities identified in the funded grant application.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Use of assistance must be consistent with the funded, approved grant application.

Beneficiary Eligibility



See application requirements found in the Notice of Federal Funding and application instructions. Various records and forms are required for first time applicants, and a copy of the applicant's last audit may be requested. First time applicants must certify financial systems. 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 excluded from coverage under E.O.


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 Federal Funding and application instructions for information on other application procedures.

Award Procedures

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


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


Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, Public Law 111-13.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. See program?s Notice of Federal Funding.


CNCS does not offer an appeals process.


See program?s Notice of Federal Funding.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, Chapter Subtitle H, Part Sec. 1808 Clearinghouses, Subpart Sec. 198P Volunteer Generation Fund, Public Law 111-13. N/A. Matching Requirements: See program?s Notice of Federal Funding. This program does not have MOE requirements.

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


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

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

Cash management reports are required.

CNCS uses the US HHS Payment Management System for payments and cash management reporting.

CNCS 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. CNCS grants are subject to audit by CNCS employees, the CNCS Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office, and auditors contracted by the 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 $3,879,866; FY 17 est $3,800,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available - N/A.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

See program?s Notice of Federal Funding for matching information.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

See program?s Notice of Federal Funding for specific regulations and guidelines.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. Not Applicable.

Headquarters Office

Patricia Stengel 250 E St SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20525 Email: pstengel@cns.gov Phone: 2026066745

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposal selection criteria are described in the program's Notice of Federal Funding.

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