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2020 Senior Companion Program (SCP) Replacement Sponsor Competition

Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, and Agencies in Multiple
States to Coordinate Senior Companions for Older Adults

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Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

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12/06/19 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofits, government agencies, tribes, and IHEs in multiple states to engage adults ages 55 and older in volunteer work to help older adults remain independent for as long as possible. Eligible states include Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Texas, Utah, and Washington.

The mission of CNCS is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.

The Senior Companion Program 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 older adults with special needs maintain their dignity and independence.

The purpose of this grant funding is to support one or more grant(s) for Senior Companion Program (SCP) operations and programming within the specific geographic service areas. Within each state, there are designated geographic locations in which applicants should propose to provide SCP services. Please see the Senior Corps Replacement Grants page information on the geographic locations, the estimated annual federal funding, the minimum number of Volunteer Service Years associated, and the application deadline.

Applicants should be aware that individual Senior Companion volunteers may still be serving in the geographic service areas listed in Appendix A, who were enrolled by the incumbent or previous sponsor of the SCP project in the geographic service area. Applicants should consider these volunteers in planning the SCP project proposed in the grant application, and are encouraged to make efforts to allow these volunteers to continue serving in the proposed new SCP project.

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GrantWatch ID#: 181743

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Funding levels will vary by geographic area.

Term of Contract:

CNCS anticipates making multi-year grant awards. CNCS generally makes an initial award for the first year of operation, based a on one-year project period. Continuation awards for subsequent years are not guaranteed; they depend upon availability of appropriations and satisfactory performance.

The grant start date is April 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following non-federal entities (as defined in 2 CFR §200.69) that have DUNS numbers and are registered in System for Award Management (SAM) are eligible to apply:
- Indian tribes (2 CFR §200.54)
- Institutions of higher education (2 CFR §200.55)
- Local governments (2 CFR §200.64)
- Nonprofit organizations (2 CFR §200.70)
- States (2 CFR §200.90)

In addition to Indian Tribes as defined in 2 CFR 200.54, Tribal organizations that are controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by federally recognized Indian Tribes are also eligible to apply. If an entity applies for an award as a Tribal organization that is controlled or chartered by one or more Indian Tribes, the organization must provide copies of, or links to, documentation which demonstrates that the organization is controlled or chartered by a federally recognized Indian Tribe. If an entity applies as an organization sanctioned by a federally recognized Tribe, or multiple specific federally recognized Tribes, it must submit a sanctioning resolution, adopted by the Tribal Council (or comparable Tribal governing body) of each Indian Tribe. The resolution(s) must identify the entity applying for a CNCS award by name as a Tribal organization that is sanctioned, the Indian Tribe(s) for the purpose of applying for CNCS funding (or federal grant funds generally).

Applications will be considered for programs serving the following states and regions:
- Alaska: Kenai, Soldotna,Sterling, Nikiski, Salamatof, Cohoe, Cooper Landing, and the surrounding area
- Georgia: Fulton, Gwinnett, Dekalb, and Clayton
- Idaho: Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Twin Falls
- Illinois: Macon County
- Indiana: Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties
- Iowa: Pottawattamie County
- Michigan: Wayne County
- New Jersey: Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington
- Oregon: Douglas and Josephine Counties
- Pennsylvania: Montgomery County
- Texas: San Antonio, Bexar County
- Utah: Cache, Box Elder, and Rich Counties
- Washington: Grays Harbor, Pacific, and Thurston
- Puerto Rico: Municipality of Ponce

Other eligibility requirements:

Pre-proposal Conference:

CNCS will host a series of webinars to introduce potential applicants to FGP/SCP, this competition, its performance measurements system and more. See below for available sessions and registration links. Register for a webinar to receive detailed connection instructions.

All sessions will be recorded and recordings will be available at the URL for Full Text below shortly after a webinar's conclusion.

Session 1: Introducing the FGP-SCP Competition
Monday, November 4, 2019
3:30 PM ET

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Session 2: The Foster Grandparent Program
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
3:30 PM ET

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Session 3: The Senior Companion Program
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
3:30 PM ET

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Session 4: Submitting Your Application in eGrants
Thursday, November 7, 2019
3:30 PM ET

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due Friday, December 6, 2019 by 5:00 PM Eastern Time.

CNCS anticipates announcing the results of this competition by mid-March 2020.

Additional documents are due by the application submission deadline.

The 2020 SCP Replacement Sponsor grants will be awarded on a cost reimbursement basis.

Applicants are required to match funds equal to 10 percent of their requested program budget. The applicant’s match can be cash and/or non-federal cash and/or cash and in-kind contributions and/or non-federal cash and in-kind contributions matching funds. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to meet the 10 percent match requirement at the time of application submission.

Applications must include a DUNS number and an Employer Identification Number. The DUNS number does not replace an Employer Identification Number. Applicants can obtain a DUNS number at no cost by calling the DUNS number request line or by applying online at the DUNS Request Service. CNCS recommends registering at least 30 days before the application due date.

After obtaining a DUNS number, all applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). CNCS suggests that applicants finalize a new registration or renew an existing one at least three weeks before the application deadline, to allow time to resolve any issues that may arise.

Applicants must submit applications electronically via eGrants, CNCS’s web-based application system. CNCS recommends that applicants create an eGrants account and begin the application at least three weeks before the deadline. Applicants should draft the application as a Word document, then copy and paste the text into the appropriate eGrants field no later than 10 days before the deadline.

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For technical questions and problems with the eGrants system, call the National Service Hotline at (800) 942-2677.

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Puerto Rico: Municipality of Ponce

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska: Kenai, Soldotna,Sterling, Nikiski, Salamatof, Cohoe, Cooper Landing, and the surrounding area;   Georgia: Fulton, Gwinnett, Dekalb, and Clayton;   Idaho: Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Twin Falls;   Illinois: Macon County;   Indiana: Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties;   Iowa: Pottawattamie County;   Michigan: Wayne County;   New Jersey: Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington;   Oregon: Douglas and Josephine Counties;   Pennsylvania: Montgomery County;   Texas: San Antonio, Bexar County;   Utah: Cache, Box Elder, and Rich Counties;   Washington: Grays Harbor, Pacific, and Thurston

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)

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