AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to alleviate and eliminate poverty in the United States and its territories. Authorized in 1964 and founded as Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) in 1965, VISTA was incorporated into CNCS and the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993. For nearly 50 years, VISTA has worked to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create economic opportunity, increase housing opportunities, and more recently, bridge the digital divide.
The focus of this competition is to fund organizations through a cooperative agreement to deliver full logistical support to AmeriCorps VISTA in conducting its Pre-Service Orientations (PSO), Supervisor Orientations (SO), and Leader Orientations (LO).
This effort is in support of the strategic plan of CNCS, specifically Goal 2 of the agency-wide Priority Measures to “strengthen national service so that participants engaged in CNCS-supported programs consistently find satisfaction, meaning, and opportunity.” The guidance and professional development offered to the members and leaders, and indirectly through the training and support of the project supervisors, significantly contribute to the success of our members’ service experience.
Publication of this Notice does not require CNCS to obligate the entire amount of funding available.