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Manage Senior Corps Grants

Grant Renewals Only - Invitations to Apply, Application Instructions, and Training and Technical Assistance Calls

Senior Corps has released the Invitations to Apply for the FGP and SCP grant renewals.

Program Handbooks and Supplements

The Senior Corps Operations Handbooks provide technical assistance to help grantees develop effective practices in operating and managing many aspects of Senior Corps projects. The federal regulations governing the grant are the controlling authority for grantee compliance.  The Appendices provide supplemental guidance and sample forms to serve as resources to grantees. Senior Corps updates these handbooks quarterly. The most recent update was completed in July 2018 and published in August 2018.
  • FGP Operations Handbook (PDF)
  • RSVP Operations Handbook (PDF)
  • SCP Operations Handbook (PDF)
  • Handbook Appendices (PDF/WORD/EXCEL) - This page contains PDF and, when applicable, editable versions of all handbook appendices.

We invite you to send any comments or questions regarding the Handbooks to

Other Resources

Once you receive a grant, there are specific responsibilities your organization must fulfill. How you use your funds and report ,in program and fiscal management outcomes are mandated by the terms of the grant. Specific requirements are included in the program regulations.

Applications and Funding Availability

Applications for new Senior Corps grants are accepted only when funding is available. Senior Corps will notify the public when new grants are being accepted by posting a notice at and in our Funding Opportunities section. All documents are able to be downloaded and printed.

National Service Criminal History Checks

All Senior Corps grantees must conduct National Service Criminal History checks on grant-funded staff and stipended volunteers. All employees, participants, and others who receive a salary, national service education award, living allowance, or stipend under CNCS grants, even if the activities don't involve service with vulnerable populations, must conduct the checks prior to beginning employment or service. Noncompliance may result in cost disallowance. Visit the National Service Criminal History Check page on the CNCS Knowledge Network for more information, including links to the regulations, frequently asked questions, tools and templates and a required training.

Senior Corps Guidance: Leave and Volunteer Recognition

The following guidance supersedes the guidance issued on December 18, 2015 entitled “Senior Corps Guidance: Recognition and Leave”.

Senior Corps Guidance: Prohibition of Fee-for-Service Activities

The guidance references the relevant statutory citation, as well as provides scenarios in which questions around potential prohibited activities commonly arise.

2017 Progress Report Supplement (PRS) Data Collection

The Progress Report Supplement (PRS) is the annual data survey and data collection conducted by CNCS/Senior Corps to aggregate the latest numbers and accomplishments of Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, and RSVP grantees. The PRS is now open and is due on November 3, 2017. Further information is available in the following resources:

Senior Corps Progress Report

A new version of the Senior Corps Progress Report was approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in August of 2013. This version of the Progress Report is used by Foster Grandparent (FGP), Senior Companion (SCP) and RSVP grantees that have either competed or renewed grants using the national performance measures. Grantees that will either compete or renew in FY 2015 will continue to use the legacy version of the Progress Report until they compete in FY 2015.

Completing and submitting Progress Reports according is a grant requirement. Progress Reports are completed in the CNCS eGrants system.

These instructions provide a step-by-step reference and guide to help grantees complete and submit the Progress Report.

Federal Financial Report (FFR)

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has implemented the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) new government-wide financial reporting form, the Federal Financial Report (FFR). The new FFR combines data that CNCS grantees report on two separate forms: the Federal Cash Transaction Report to HHS (FCTR, also known as the “272”) and the Financial Status Report to CNCS (FSR, also known as the “269”). Unlike the existing FSR, the new FFR includes data fields to specifically report program income. For more information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions document.

Closeout Documents and Instructions

CNCS grants usually are awarded for a 3 year project period, consisting of three yearly budget periods. CNCS direct grantees are responsible for meeting the submission deadlines for closeout. Closeout documents are due to your corporation Grants Officer no later than 90 days after the expiration of the Project Period. Read the Closeout Instructions document to fully understand the requirements.

Fixed Amount Grants Pilot FY 2011 - Foster Grandparent Program and Senior Companion Program

In FY 2011, CNCS is launching a Fixed Amount Grants Pilot for Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) and Senior Companion Program (SCP) projects. FGP and SCP grantees eligible to participate in the Pilot are notified directly by the respective State Office. The following materials were developed to help potential applicants to learn more about the Pilot.

Senior Corps Resources

Senior Corps offers a number of resources to help you manage your grant effectively. For information and assistance in building capacity, enhancing quality, working with volunteers and more, please see the following resources:


Grantee Communication Resources

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