Managing 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.
- FGP Invitation to Apply
- RSVP Invitation to Apply
- SCP Invitation to Apply
- FGP/SCP Grant Application Instructions
- RSVP Grant Application Instructions
- Work Plan Development Worksheets (FGP) (RSVP) (SCP)
- Appendix B: National Performance Measures Instructions (FGP) (RSVP) (SCP)
- Appendix C: Evidence-based Programming Augmentation
- Appendix C: Frequently Asked Question and Optional Worksheet
- Appendix D: Terms and Definitions
- Training and Technical Assistance Calls
2016 and 2017 Grant Continuations Only - Grant Application Instructions
Please refer to the Grant Application Instructions, Appendices, and Worksheets above under the Grant Renewals Only section.
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 on April 30, 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 SeniorCorpsHandbooks@cns.gov.
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.
- Foster Grandparent Program Regulations
- Senior Companions Program Regulations
- RSVP Program Regulations
- Guidance from the Office of the General Counsel
- Civil Rights / Equal Opportunity Requirements
- National Service Criminal History Checks
- Updated 2016 Project Directors' Syllabus
A Note on 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 www.grants.gov and in our Funding Opportunities section. All documents are able to be downloaded and printed.
- Aggregate Dollar Amount of Funding Form/Breakdown of Funding Sources Form FY 14
- eGrants site
- Litmos site
- Your Responsibilities
- Notices of Funds Availability / Notices of Funding Opportunities
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 on Accrued Unused Leave for FGP & SCP Volunteers & Senior Corps Guidance on Leave as a Form of Volunteer Recongition
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.
- Fixed Amount Grants Pilot Presentation (PDF)
- Fixed Amount Grants Pilot Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
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:
- Learning and Best Practices
- Supplemental 2009 Income Eligibility Guidelines (PDF)
- Insurance Requirements
- Income Disregard Provisions (added July 2016)
- 2018 Income Eligibility Guidelines
- 2017 Income Eligibility Guidelines
- 2016 Income Eligibility Guidelines
- 2015 Income Eligibility Guidelines
- 2014 Income Eligibility Guidelines
- 2013 Income Eligibility Guidelines
- 2012 Income Eligibility Guidelines (177 KB PDF)
- 2011 Income Eligibility Guidelines (21 KB PDF)