AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) 94.011


The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) provides grants to qualified agencies and organizations for the dual purpose of engaging persons 55 years of age or older, with limited incomes, in volunteer service to meet critical community needs; and to provide a high quality volunteer experience that will enrich the lives of the volunteers. Program funds are used to support Foster Grandparents in providing supportive, person to person service to children with exceptional or special needs or in circumstances identified as limiting their academic, social, or emotional development.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Corporation For National and Community Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) awarded a little over $1.7 million in Senior Corps FGP funding to connect FGP volunteers with opportunities to provide one-on-one mentoring, nurturing, and support to children and young people with special or exceptional needs, or who are at an academic, social, or financial disadvantage. There were 16 funding opportunities (geographic service areas) open for the 2017 FGP Replacement Sponsor Competition. Seventeen applications were reviewed. A total of 8 applications were awarded for funding. In FY 2016, the entire FGP portfolio had more than 25,000 Senior Corps FGP volunteers serving 21 million hours across 319 federally-funded FGP projects.
Fiscal Year 2017 The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) awarded $4.4 million for the 2017 FGP Replacement Sponsor Competition for 20 grants. The awards varied, as determined by the scope of the FGP project.
Fiscal Year 2018 No Current Data Available
Fiscal Year 2022 The Foster Grandparent Program is an intergenerational program that engages older Americans in national service to provide one-on-one mentoring, tutoring, and social-emotional support to children with exceptional needs or who have an academic, social, and economic disadvantage. In FY 2022, the Foster Grandparent Program reported 15,324 total volunteers and 95,063 children and youth served.
Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, as amended., Title 2, Part B, Section 211, Public Law 93-113, 42 U.S.C. 5011, Statute 45 CFR Part 2552,
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
See the program's Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Foster Grandparents must be: 55 years of age or older, with an income of up to 200 percent of poverty, based on the Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines, and interested in serving infants, children, and youth with special or exceptional needs. (However, individuals who are not income eligible may serve as non-stipended volunteers under certain conditions.) Foster Grandparents must be physically, mentally, and emotionally capable and willing to serve selected infants, children or youth on a person-to-person basis. See the program's Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity for additional information.
Various records and forms required for first time applicants, as well as a copy of the applicant's last audit, may be requested. First time applicants must certify financial systems. Please see the program's Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. See program's Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity and application instruction for information on award procedures.
Award Procedure
See program's Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity and application instructions for information on award procedures.
Notice of Funding Opportunities, with important dates and deadlines, are listed here:
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. See program's Invitation to Apply or Funding Notice
Not applicable.
From 120 to 180 days. For Continuations and Renewals Notice, only existing AmeriCorps Seniors FGP grantees who currently receive federal funds for an AmeriCorps Seniors Senior Companion Program grant can apply for funding. In addition to Indian tribes as defined in 2 CFR 200.1, tribal organizations that are controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by federally recognized Indian tribes are also eligible to apply.
How are proposals selected?
Proposal selection criteria are described in the program's Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity or Invitation to Apply.
How may assistance be used?
The grants may be used for: low-income Foster Grandparent stipends, transportation, physical examinations and meals; staff salaries and fringe benefits, staff travel, equipment, space costs, etc. Foster Grandparents may be assigned to children and youth in residential and non-residential facilities, including schools and preschools and to children living in their own homes. Volunteers may not supplant hiring or 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 organization, lobbying, or partisan or non-partisan political activities. In addition, eligible agencies or organizations may, with a Notice of Grant Award from AmeriCorps, receive technical assistance and materials to aid in establishing and operating a non-AmeriCorps funded FGP project using state, local, and/or private funds.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: AmeriCorps and its grant recipients are required to practice risk-based monitoring and routine field and desk-based oversight of all grant awards and expenditures.
AmeriCorps grants are subject to audit by AmeriCorps employees, the AmeriCorps Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office, and auditors contracted by AmeriCorps.
Grant recipients must maintain all grant financial and program records for a period of three years from the 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; time cards, copies of all contracts, personnel records, and 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 AmeriCorps must first clear a National Service Criminal History Check and those check records must be maintained within grant records.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. 10%. The FGP sponsor is required to match funds for their projects in part through local, non-federal contributions. The required local contribution is at least 10 percent of the total project budget. The local contribution portion should be reflected in the Budget Section of the application. The non-federal share can be cash on in-kind matching funds.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
AmeriCorps maintains regional offices. Refer to the AmeriCorps website for address and contact information: Notice of Funding Opportunities are listed here:
Headquarters Office
Linda Cook
250 E Street, SW
Washington , DC 20525 US
Phone: 202-606-6961
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 22$93,659,214.00; FY 23 est $100,917,256.00; FY 24 est $100,917,256.00; FY 21$122,258,257.00; FY 20$106,669,845.00; FY 19$106,406,414.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range of financial assistance is from $0 to $1,917,775. The average of financial assistance is $310,711.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See program's Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity or Invitation to Apply for specific regulations and guidelines.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.