Civil Rights / Equal Opportunity Requirements

As with all federal grant programs, you must ensure that your programs or activities, including those of any sub-grantees, will be conducted, and facilities operated, in compliance with the applicable civil rights statutes and their implementing regulations. You must obtain assurances of such compliance prior to extending federal financial assistance to sub-grantees. For civil rights purposes, all programs and projects funded or receiving service members under the National and Community Service Act, as amended, are programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance

Please review and refer to the following Civil Rights/Equal Opportunity policies and guidelines:

Grant Program Civil Rights Policy

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has zero tolerance for the harassment of any individual or group of individuals for any reason. CNCS is committed to treating all persons with dignity and respect. CNCS prohibits all forms of discrimination based upon race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, or military service. All programs administered by, or receiving federal financial assistance from CNCS must be free from all forms of harassment.

Harassment is unacceptable in CNCS offices or campuses, in other service-related settings such as training sessions or service sites, and at service-related social events. Any such harassment, if identified, will result in immediate corrective action, up to and including removal or termination of any CNCS employee or national service participant. All recipients of federal financial assistance, including individuals, organizations, programs and/or projects are also subject to this zero tolerance policy. When a violation occurs, appropriate corrective action subject to regulatory procedures will take place, up to and including termination of federal financial assistance from all federal sources.

Slurs and other verbal or physical conduct relating to an individual's gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or any other basis constitute harassment when such behavior has the purpose or effect of interfering with service performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive service environment. Harassment includes, but is not limited to: explicit or implicit demands for sexual favors; pressure for dates; deliberate touching, leaning over, or cornering; offensive teasing, jokes, remarks, or questions; letters, phone calls, or distribution or display of offensive materials; offensive looks or gestures; gender, racial, ethnic, or religious baiting; physical assaults or other threatening behavior; and demeaning, debasing or abusive comments or actions that intimidate. CNCS does not tolerate harassment by anyone, including persons of the same or different races, sexes, religions, or ethnic origins; a CNCS employee or supervisor; a project, or site employee or supervisor; a non-employee (e.g., client); or a co-worker or national service participant.

I expect supervisors and managers of CNCS programs and projects, when made aware of alleged harassment by employees, national service participants, or other individuals, to immediately take swift and appropriate action. CNCS will not tolerate retaliation against a person who raises harassment concerns in good faith. Any CNCS employee who violates this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination~ and any grantee that permits harassment in violation of this policy will be subject to a finding of non-compliance and administrative procedures that may result in termination of federal financial assistance from CNCS and all other federal agencies.

Any person who believes that he or she has been discriminated against in violation of civil rights laws, regulations, or this policy, or in retaliation for opposition to discrimination or participation in discrimination complaint proceedings (e.g., as a complainant or witness) in any CNCS program or project, may raise his or her concerns with the CNCS Equal Opportunity Program (EOP). Discrimination claims not brought to the attention of EOP within 45 days of occurrence may not be accepted in a formal complaint of discrimination. You are not required to use a program, project, or sponsor dispute resolution procedure before contacting the EOP. If another procedure is used, it does not affect the 45-day time limit. The EOP may be reached at (202) 606-7503 or

Barbara Stewart
Chief Executive Officer
March 1, 2018


Civil Rights and Workforce Diversity Policy (PDF)

Grant Program Civil Rights and Non-Harassment Policy (PDF)

Employee Civil Rights and Non-Harassment Policy (PDF)

Non-Harassment Guidelines for CNCS Grantees (PDF)

Non-Discrimination Guidelines for CNCS Grantees

Quick Primer on Discrimination (PDF)

Member Service Agreement Outline (PDF)

Accessibility Guidelines for CNCS Grantees (PDF)

Civil rights guidelines for CNCS grantees on acceptable interview questions (PDF)

Disability Law for CNCS Grantees (PDF)

Part 1203 – Non–discrimination in Federally Assisted Programs
Effectuation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (PDF)

Part 1232 – Non–discrimination on Basis of Handicap in Programs Receiving Federal Financial Assistance (PDF)

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