Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) provides grants that support volunteers 55 years and older serving in a diverse range of activities that meet specific community needs and that respond to National Performance Measures.

Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
94.002
Federal Agency
Agency: Corporation for National and Community Service
Types of Assistance
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Uses and Use Restrictions
Volunteers are not to supplant hiring, displace employed workers, or impair existing contracts for service. No agency supervising volunteers may request or receive compensation for services of the volunteers. Volunteers may not be involved in and funds may not be used for religious activities, labor or anti-labor organizations, lobbying, or partisan or non-partisan political activities. Grants may be used for staff salaries and fringe benefits, staff travel, equipment, and related expenses, and for volunteer out-of- pocket expenses, primarily for transportation. In addition, eligible agencies or organizations may, with a Notice of Grant Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service, receive technical assistance and materials to aid in establishing and operating non-Corporation funded RSVP projects using local funds. Refer to the program's Notice of Funding Availability for additional information for uses and restrictions including the prohibited activities. Restrictions on use of funds are described in the program's Notice of Funding Availability. Use of funds must be consistent with funded application, and are subject to the Corporation for National and Community Service's grants administration laws, regulations and policies. All appropriated funds awarded under this program are discretionary.
Authorization
Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, as amended, Title II, Part A, Section 201, Public Law 93-113, 42 U.S.C. 5001, as amended.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
See program's Notice of Funding Availability.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Persons age 55 and older who are willing to volunteer on a regular basis by serving in a diverse range of activities that meet specific community needs. See program's Notice of Funding Availability for additional information.
Credentials/Documentation
Various records and forms are required for first time applicants, as well as copy of last audit may be requested. First time applicants must certify financial systems. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. See program's Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity and application instructions for information on other application procedures.
Award Procedure
See program's Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity and application instructions for information on award procedures.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
> 180 Days. See program's Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity.
Appeals
No formal appeals for denial of initial grant application, but regulations provide for hearings on terminations and suspensions, and opportunity to show cause in cases of denial of refunding. See program's Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity.
Renewals
From 120 to 180 days. See program's Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: The RSVP sponsor is responsible for generating needed financial support for the RSVP project from all sources, Federal and non-federal, including grants, cash and in-kind contributions, to meet the budgeted costs of the project. The sponsor will supplement a Corporation for National and Community Service grant with other support to the fullest extent possible. See program's Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity for additional information on matching.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is usually awarded for project periods of three or more years; funding must be obligated during the award project period and liquidated by the end of the closeout period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Post Assistance Requirements
Reports
No program reports are required. Cash management reports are required. The Corporation for National and Community Service uses the US HHS Payment Management System for payments and cash management reporting. Progress reporting requirements are described in the awarded grant terms and conditions or provisions. Federal Financial Status Reports are required as specified in the grant award provisions. The Corporation for National and Community Service and its grant recipients are required to practice risk-based monitoring and routine field and desk-based oversight of all gran awards and expenditures.
Audits
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Corporation for National and Community Service grants are subject to audit by Corporation for National and Community Service employees, the CNCS Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office, and auditors contracted by the CNCS.
Records
Grant recipients must maintain all grant financial and program records for a period of three years from date of submission of the final Federal Financial Report for the award. This includes but is not limited to all financial records including receipts, disbursements, and vouchers for Federal and non-federal costs, timecards, copies of all contracts, personnel records, job descriptions, program execution and performance records, criminal history checks, and similar records to reflect all activities and spending performed under the award.

Note that all individuals receiving a salary, living allowance, stipend, National Trust Education Award or similar compensation through a national service program funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service must first clear a National Service Criminal History Check and check records must be maintained within grant records.
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2012: In FY 2012, RSVP volunteers delivered an estimated 47 million hours of service in their communities. Moreover, CNCS estimates that across a network of 678 grants awarded to sponsoring organizations, a total of more than 320,000 RSVP volunteers served in more than 38,000 community organizations nationwide to deliver services. Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
95-2728-1-2-000.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 12 $48,529,697; FY 13 est $47,577,968; and FY 14 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range of financial assistance ranges from $0 to $768,228.
The average amount of financial assistance requested is $71,695.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The program's regulations are located in the CFR located at this website http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr;sid=a7f7104482a690292caa297e31d9f774;rgn=div5;view=text;node=45%3A4.1.9.11.35;idno=45;cc=ecfr
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. The Corporation for National and Community Service maintains state offices in most states. Refer to the CNCS website for address and contact information.
Headquarters Office
Tamika Becton Corporation for National and Community Service
RSVP
1201 New York Ave., NW , Washington, District of Columbia 20525 Email: tbecton@cns.gov Phone: (202) 606-5000
Website Address
http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/senior-corps
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Proposal selection criteria are described in the program Notice of Funding Availability or Opportunity.
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