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1 National Service Overview Congressman Takano Grants Workshop September 7, 2013

2 Session Objectives CNCS and Mission CNCS Programs and Initiatives How to apply for Grants and Resources How to contact CNCS CA State Office

3 Improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering Our Mission

4 Our Primary Programs… AmeriCorps Senior Corp Social Innovation Fund

5 Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service 9-11 Day of Service and Remembrance National Days of Service

6 Participation… The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) engages 4 million Americans in result-driven service each year including:  80,000 AmeriCorps members,  400,000 Senior Corps volunteers,  2.2 million additional community volunteers mobilized and managed through the agency’s programs.

7 CNCS Agency wide Priority Measures Disaster Services Economic Opportunity Education Veterans & Military Families Environmental Stewardship Healthy Futures

8 AmeriCorps AmeriCorps State and National AmeriCorps NCCC AmeriCorps VISTA

9 Senior Corps Foster Grandparent Program Senior Companion Program Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

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11 AmeriCorps*State

12 AmeriCorps*State works with Governor-appointed State Service Commissions to provide grants to non-government and government entities to sponsor service programs. The California State Service Commission was established in 1994 by Executive Order to administer AmeriCorps*State funding within California California’s State Commission is called CaliforniaVolunteers (CV) and is led by Karen Baker, the nation’s first state cabinet-level Secretary of Service and Volunteering. CV is funded by the CNCS to administer AmeriCorps funding and provide support to AmeriCorps programs.

13 A National Service program that provides opportunities for Americans to provide intensive results-driven service. AmeriCorps grants support the efforts of nonprofits and public agencies to recruit, select, and supervise individuals enrolled in an intensive term of service and the volunteers with whom they serve to tackle unmet community needs. Grants are awarded to eligible organizations that engaged in evidence- based interventions An AmeriCorps project must enhance what an organization was able to do before the grant, and cannot duplicate or supplant pre-existing activities, staff or volunteers What is AmeriCorps?

14 AmeriCorps*State grantees use their grants to engage AmeriCorps members in service to help meet critical community needs in education, public safety, health and the environment AmeriCorps*State programs primarily engage AmeriCorps members in direct service to address unmet community needs. Programs design service activities for a team of members serving full-time or part-time for one year. Programs are responsible for recruiting, placing and training AmeriCorps members How does AmeriCorps Work?

15 What can AmeriCorps Programs Do? Address community needs in a variety of ways. Examples include: Connecting the homeless with supportive services Providing access to health care services Building affordable housing Recruiting and managing volunteers Responding to natural disasters Cleaning parklands and managing natural resources Tutoring and mentoring youth Training the unemployed

16 Grants provide partial funding to support AmeriCorps projects/programs; funds are not for general organizational expenses Grantees contribute match funding to support the project Grants include an allotment of AmeriCorps positions Funds are directly tied to a specific number of members and are solely for program expenses (e.g. member living allowance and benefits, member and staff training, supervision, supplies, and evaluation). About AmeriCorps Grants

17 Grant Budget AmeriCorps Grant Budget Member Support Costs - living allowance and benefits; Other Member Support Costs - training and education; Staff - salaries, benefits, training; Other Operating Costs - travel, supplies, other; Evaluation; Administration; Grants require a community match = Cash or In-Kind

18 Who is an AmeriCorps Member? An individual enrolled for an intensive term of service ( hours per year) in an AmeriCorps program U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S. At least 17 years of age (no upper age limit) Not a volunteer or a staff person Must clear required Criminal History Checks AmeriCorps members can earn an Eli Segal Education Award for successful completion of a term of service Full-time AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance stipend and are eligible for health and childcare benefits

19 How to Apply for an AmeriCorps Grant Visit or Interested entities should to receive notification of the next funding CV will provide the following information: Request for Applications (RFA) Forms and Instructions Budget and Budget Narrative Frequently Asked Questions Training Curriculum Other resources

20 BOOTS ON THE GROUND Working with AmeriCorps NCCC

21 AmeriCorps NCCC Team-based, residential service program Teams of 8-12 NCCC members are deployed on short-term, intensive projects (2-8 weeks) Respond to needs that are identified by community-based organizations

22 Possible Projects Park Improvements & Public Area Beautification Fuel Reduction Disaster Preparedness & Recovery Tax preparation assistance for low-income families Community Center Improvements Energy Conservation Community Outreach & Education Affordable Housing

23 AmeriCorps NCCC Corps Members years olds of diverse backgrounds Pass background & TB screening Eager to serve

24 Who Can Apply to Host an AmeriCorps NCCC Team? Non-profits Faith-based organizations Local municipalities State governments Federal government National or state parks Indian Tribes Schools

25 Selected Los Angeles Area Project Sponsors

26 Examples of Local Government Project Sponsors

27 Expectations of Project Sponsors Meaningful project work Detailed daily/weekly work schedule Site Supervision Project related tools & supplies Inclement weather plans Housing

28 Housing Examples Camping (NCCC provides all supplies) Community centers (NCCC provides cots) Community partners City facilities Rental apartments Camps or retreat centers Extended stay hotels Faith-based organizations Affordable housing

29 Not a grant program – we provide people power!

30 Since 1965, AmeriCorps*VISTA has been helping bring communities and individuals out of poverty. Today, nearly 10,000 AmeriCorps*VISTA members serve in hundreds of nonprofit organizations and public agencies throughout the country. AmeriCorps*VISTA members help organizations fight illiteracy, support youth aging out of foster care, increase job training opportunities, bridge the digital divide and much more. All projects focus on building permanent infrastructure in organizations to help them more effectively bring individuals and communities out of poverty

31 VISTA members serve 40 hours per week in capacity building roles. Projects often focus on the following types of activities: Resource Development (grant writing and fundraising) Volunteer Generation Outreach and Marketing Building Partnerships and Collaborations Program Development VISTA members may not provide direct services to clients or perform the regular work of agency staff.

32 How to Apply to Become a VISTA Project Sponsor Next Application deadline is October Contact the CNCS CA State Office at to request AmeriCorps*VISTA concept paper application The CNCS CA State Office will provide technical assistance during the application process.

33 VISTA Project Sponsor “Match” Project sponsors are not required to provide a financial match, but must be able to direct the project, supervise the members, and provide necessary administrative support to complete the goals and objectives of the project Projects should provide: On-Site Orientation and Training Material Support-supplies Daily Supervision, Community Support On-Assignment Transportation reimbursement Projects may “cost share” - pay living allowance for member(s).

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35 Senior Corps Foster Grandparent Program Senior Companion Program Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

36 RSVP is a network of close to 500,000 individuals age 55 or over who perform a wide range of volunteer services that meet community needs. RSVP is one of the largest volunteer efforts in the nation. RSVP offers a full range of volunteer opportunities with thousands of local and national organizations. Unlike FGP and SCP volunteers, RSVP volunteers do not receive a stipend and can volunteer anywhere from four to forty hours per week. With RSVP, volunteers choose how and where they want to serve and for what amount of time. RSVP volunteers tutor children, help organize neighborhood watch programs, help feed the elderly and homeless, and just help community organizations operate more efficiently.

37 Foster Grandparents are low-income individuals, age 55 or over, who serve one-on-one with children and young people with special needs. Foster Grandparents serve 15 or more hours a week in schools, hospitals, juvenile correctional institutions, Head Start centers or anywhere else where there are children in need. These service sites are called stations. Foster Grandparents also serve as mentors to teen mothers, disadvantaged youth and children of inmates. Foster Grandparents receive an hourly stipend of $2.65 an hour.

38 Senior Companions are low-income individuals, age 55 or over who serve one-on-one with frail elderly and disabled adults. Senior Companions serve 15 or more hours a week in their clients’ private homes, Adult Day Care Centers, Senior Centers or other locations where there are frail elders in need. They receive an hourly stipend of $2.65.

39 Local nonprofit organizations and public agencies receive grants from CNCS to sponsor and operate their FGP, SCP and RSVP programs. As part of the Serve America Act, RSVP was competed for the first time in RSVP Funds will be competed based on locality every 3 years or when additional funds become available. FGP and SCP will begin being competed in Senior Corps will notify the public when new grant applications are being accepted by posting a notice at and partners can also create roles and host Senior Corps volunteers in their organizations by becoming a Volunteer Station with an existing Senior Corps Program. Senior Corps Program Funding and Partnership Opportunities

40 Questions?

41 For more information on CNCS programs please visit orwww.nationalservice.gov Thank you. Greg Ericksen:


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