FY 2019 RSVP Competition

NOFA/NOFO End Date: 
Wed, 11/07/2018
CFDA number: 
94.002
Contact Information
2019RSVP@cns.gov

Table of Contents

I. Application Deadline
II. Funding Opportunity and Application Instructions
III. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
IV. Required Documents
V. Resources for Applicants
VI. Training and Technical Assistance

Established in 1971 and now one of the largest senior volunteer programs in the nation, RSVP offers a diverse range of volunteer activities that serve communities to create measurable impact, benefit volunteers through the service experience, and create community capacity. Senior Corps RSVP volunteers choose how, where, and how often they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to a maximum of 40 hours.

Through this competition, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) seeks to increase the impact of national service in specific geographic service areas (see Appendix A for the full list of available opportunities). In order to carry out Congress’s intent and to maximize the impact of investment in national service, CNCS has the following Focus Areas: Disaster Services; Economic Opportunity; Education; Environmental Stewardship; Healthy Futures; and Veterans and Military Families.

I. Application Deadline

Notice of Intent to Apply Deadline: Applicants are strongly encouraged to send a Notice of Intent to Apply by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. The Notice of Intent to Apply should be completed via Survey Monkey.

Application Deadline: Applications are due by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by February 2019. 

II. Funding Opportunity and Application Instructions

Applicants must review both the Notice of Funding Opportunity including the Appendices and the Grant Application Instructions in order to fully understand the applications requirements.

III. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The FAQs document will be compiled and regularly updated. Questions submitted to 2019RSVP@cns.gov will likely be answered in the FAQs document.

IV. Required Documents

These supplemental documents are referenced in the Grant Application Instructions. Please see Part IV of the Grant Application Instructions for the full table of required documents and when they must be submitted.

V. Resources for Applicants

VI. Training and Technical Assistance

We encourage all potential applicants to attend these training calls to learn more about the RSVP program and the competition process. Please register for the trainings you are interested in to let us know how many learners to expect. When you register, you will receive an email with a calendar invitation to the session.

You can join all the webinars associated with the 2019 RSVP Competition by visiting https://educate.adobeconnect.com/RSVPComp2019 at the scheduled time. Click here for information on connecting to these webinars

Introduction to Senior Corps and RSVP

In this session, we’ll introduce potential applicants to the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers the RSVP program as part of its mission to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering across the United States. We’ll also look at the RSVP program in more depth, examining how it empowers individuals 55 and over to serve their communities throughout the country.

Session 1: October 2, 3:30-4:30pm ET

Click here to view a recording of this webinar.

Click here for the session slides.

Session 2: October 16, 3:30-4:30pm ET
Click here to register and receive a calendar invitation to this event.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity

In this session, we’ll look more closely at the Notice of Funding Opportunity (or “NOFO”) that describes the application process and its requirements in greater depth. We’ll spotlight some of the most important sections of this critical document and highlight other tools and resources you can use to help you through the application process.

Session 1: October 3, 3:30-4:30pm ET

Click here to view a recording of this webinar.

Click here for the session slides.

Session 2: October 17, 3:30-4:30pm ET
Click here to register and receive a calendar invitation to this event.

RSVP in Action: Mobilizing a Generation

In this session, we’ll look at the RSVP program itself and how communities all across the country use RSVP grants to mobilize older Americans in service that addresses their unique local needs. We’ll explore the kinds of partnerships they form and how RSVP has been used to address the funding priorities for this competition, with some specific examples to help potential applicants envision their own RSVP programs.

Session 1: October 4, 3:30-4:30pm ET

Click here to view a recording of the webinar.

Click here for the session slides. 

Session 2: October 18, 3:30-4:30pm ET

Click here to register and receive a calendar invitation to this event.

Understanding National Performance Measures

In this session, we’ll examine the National Performance Measures, CNCS’ method of quanitifying a grantee’s impact on the community. We’ll discuss the rationale behind this system of performance measurement, look at the menu of available output and outcome measures, and review the specific requirements for RSVP applicants. We’ll use some real examples to help us understand how an individual grantee can contribute to the nationwide story of service told by the National Performance Measures.

Session 1: October 10, 3:30-4:30pm ET

Click here to view a recording of the webinar.

Click here for the session slides. 

Session 2: October 24, 3:30-4:30pm ET
Click here to register and receive a calendar invitation to this event.

Submitting Your Application in eGrants

In this session, we’ll walk through the process of submitting an application in CNCS’ electronic grants management system, eGrants, step-by-step. We’ll give some pointers on using the system and look inside the system so you’re prepared to submit your application seamlessly.

Session 1: October 11, 3:30-4:30pm

Click here to view a recording of this webinar.

Click here for the session slides. 

Session 2: October 25, 3:30-4:30pm
Click here to register and receive a calendar invitation to this event.

*Connecting to These Webinars

Senior Corps uses Adobe Connect to host its webinars. Adobe Connect allows users with limited and ample bandwidth alike to connect quickly and easily and have a high-quality experience. No download is necessary - it opens directly in your browser and will give you instructions to connect to audio. You can join all the webinars associated with the 2019 RSVP Competition by visiting https://educate.adobeconnect.com/RSVPComp2019 at the scheduled time.

Back to Top