This Notice of Federal Funds Availability (Notice) announces the availability of funding for the start-up and initial inventory for the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) Program and the intention of the Corporation for National and Community Service to form a cooperative agreement with an organization to provide administrative and technical support for the PVSA. The program is consistent with the Presidential Awards for Service and President’s Call to Service as authorized by the National and Community Service Act of 1990 as amended by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009 (42 U.S.C. 12653a).
The President’s Volunteer Service Award program began in 2003 to encourage and reward America’s proud tradition of volunteer service. The PVSA recognizes the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourages more people to serve.
Now more than ever, we need volunteers to continue their commitment to helping others and to making our communities and our nation stronger. This Presidential award program is a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime. To learn more about the current program including the award packages based on hours of service, visit: http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/tg/pvsainfo/dspAboutAwards.cfm
Since the program began, an average of 135,000 awards has been distributed each year through almost 6,000 orders.
The PVSA is administered under authority of the National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009 (42 U.S.C. 12653a) by the Corporation for National and Community Service (the Corporation), whose mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. As the nation’s largest grant maker for service and volunteering, the Corporation builds the capacity of America’s nonprofit sector by expanding the reach and impact of volunteers to address pressing social problems. Through this awards program, the Corporation 2
seeks to honor those individuals and groups that dedicate significant time in service to others and, in so doing, encourage others to serve.
Through a cooperative agreement awarded in this competition, we aim to increase the numbers of individuals and organizations that qualify for the award based on the numbers of hours served in a year and ultimately increase the numbers of individuals who are effectively serving in their communities. Research suggests that effective volunteer management is key to sustained volunteering and that recognition is one piece of effective volunteer management.
The successful applicant will work with the Corporation to market, administer and expand participation in the President’s Volunteer Service Award’s program. The successful organization should demonstrate the knowledge and ability to market the PVSA in a way that is respectful of a presidential award, is culturally competent, reinforces good volunteer management practices, and reflects the values of promoting effective service.
In accordance with the Obama Administration’s emphasis on open government, the Corporation has moved toward greater openness and transparency in grant making. This Notice includes a description of the review and selection process in Section V., below. In addition, the following information pertaining to this competition will be published on the CNCS website at (http://nationalservice.gov/about/open/grants.asp), within a period not to exceed 90 business days after the grant is awarded and the cooperative agreement is signed:
- List of all compliant applications submitted.
- Executive summaries of all compliant applications prepared by the applicants as part of the application.
- Copy of the SF424 and Program Narrative for the successful application.