Notice of Funding for Senior Corps Tribal Grants

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Notice of Funding Availability

Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Grants Open to
Federally-recognized Indian Tribes

Dear CNCS Grantees and Partners,

Today, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) released two new Notices of Funding Availability in the Senior Corps Foster Grandparent (FGP) and Senior Companion (SCP) programs. These competitions are open to federally-recognized Indian Tribes, including current tribal grantees. With these notices, CNCS intends to fund successful applicants that increase the impact of national service in Native American and Alaska native communities not currently served by FGP or SCP grantees.

These competitive opportunities, limited to Indian Tribes, are the first of their kind in FGP and SCP. Indian Tribes, defined as a federally recognized Indian Tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any native village, regional corporation, or village corporation, as defined under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. §1602), that the United States Government determines is eligible for special programs and services provided under federal law to Indians because of their status as Indians. Indian Tribes also include tribal organizations controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by one of the entities described.

  • Notice of Intent to Apply:  Applicants are strongly encouraged to send a Notice of Intent to Apply by Friday, April 17, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

  • Application Deadline: Thursday, May 14, 2015, 5:00 p.m. ET.  Successful applicants will be notified in August 2015.

The Foster Grandparent Program Indian Tribe Competition
Established in 1965, the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) is one of the oldest intergenerational programs in the country, engaging adults age 55 and over to provide loving and experienced tutors and mentors to children and youth with special needs or exceptional needs.

Successful applicants will recruit and place volunteers, ages 55 and over, to provide person-to-person service to children in the Tribal community. The Foster Grandparent volunteers serve as mentors and tutors, in both early childhood and K-12 education. They may also assist adolescents by providing guidance and nurturing to build life skills and to encourage beneficial choices on the part of the young people. They may also help to transfer culture knowledge and customs, including language, from one generation to another.

The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Foster Grandparent grants can be found here.

The Senior Companion Program Indian Tribe Competition
Established in 1974, the Senior Companion Program links volunteers ages 55 and over with adults who have difficulty with daily living tasks. They provide assistance and friendship to make a difference by helping these adults remain independent in their homes instead of having to move to more costly institutional care.  Senior Companion volunteers help with tasks such as shopping or paying bills. They also provide respite to give family members or professional caregivers off to run their own errands or to take care of their own appointments.

Successful applicants will recruit and place volunteers, ages 55 and over, to provide person-to-person service to adults in need of additional assistance, often frail elders, as well as to provide additional support to family caregivers. An element of this competitive opportunity is inclusion of activities for the Senior Companions to help their clients and family members mitigate and prevent elder abuse, including financial abuse, supporting the goals of the Elder Justice Council.

The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Senior Companion grants can be found here.

Technical Assistance
CNCS will host technical assistance calls to answer questions about the funding availability and about eGrants and strongly encourages all applicants to participate in these sessions.