Senior Companion Program


The Senior Companion Program provides grants to qualified agencies and organizations for the dual purpose of engaging persons 55 and older, particularly those with limited incomes, in volunteer service to meet critical community needs; and to provide a high quality experience that will enrich the lives of the volunteers. Program funds are used to support Senior Companions in providing supportive, individualized services to help adults with special needs maintain their dignity and independence.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Corporation for National and Community Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2012: CNCS estimates that in FY 2012, nearly 14,000 SCP volunteers delivered nearly 12 million hours of service to more than 50,000 frail, older adults and others with physical or other limitations of whom 23,000 were veterans. They transport clients to medical appointments; help shop for food and basic necessities; provide companionship to offset isolation; and offer respite to 7,900 family members and informal caregivers. Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available
Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, as amended, Title II, Part C, Section 213, Public Law 93-113, 42 U.S.C. 5011, as amended.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Funding must be consistent with approved and funded application.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Senior Companions 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; interested in serving special-needs adults, especially the frail elderly, and must be physically, mentally and emotionally capable, and willing to serve on a person-to-person basis. However, non-income eligible individuals may serve as non-stipended volunteers under certain conditions.
The applicant must furnish evidence of: availability of income-eligible older persons, eligible volunteer stations, ability to provide sufficient matching nonfederal funds. Non-profit organizations must furnish: proof of nonprofit status, articles of incorporation, and certification of accounting capability. Various records and forms 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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Organizations interested in exploring the possibility of developing a local Senior Companion project should contact the Corporation for National and Community Service State Program Office serving their state (list available at The OMB-approved Senior Corps application forms furnished by the Corporation for National and Community Service must be used for this Program. 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. Applications must be submitted following the Senior Corps Grant Application instructions (OMB Control No. 3045-0035). Applications are submitted via the Corporation's eGrants system. For more information on eGrants, go to
Award Procedure
See program's Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity and application instructions for information on award procedures.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
> 180 Days.
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.
From 120 to 180 days. See program's Notice of Funding Availability/Opportunity.
How are proposals selected?
Proposal selection criteria are described in the program Notice of Funding Availability or Opportunity.
How may assistance be used?
The grants may be used for: Senior Companion stipends, transportation, physical examinations, insurance, and meals; staff salaries and fringe benefits, staff travel, equipment, space costs, etc. Assignment of Senior Companions to adults may occur in residential and non-residential facilities and in their own homes. Volunteers do not supplant hiring or displace employed workers, or impair existing contracts for service. No agency supervising volunteers shall request or receive compensation for services of the volunteers. Volunteers are not to be involved in and funds are not to be used for religious activities, labor or anti-labor organizations, lobbying, or partisan or non-partisan political activities. In addition, eligible agencies or organizations may, under 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 for National and Community Service funded SCP projects using state, local and private funds. 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. Funds must be used as described in the approved application. All appropriated funds awarded under this program are discretionary.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program 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. No expenditure reports are required. 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 grant awards and expenditures.
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. The 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 CNCS.
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, 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 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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Generally, at least 10 percent of the total project costs must be met by the applicant. In exceptional cases, the Corporation for National and Community Service may make grants in excess of 90 percent of total project budget costs.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is usually awarded for project periods of three of 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.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. The Corporation for National and Community Service maintains regional offices in most States. Refer to the CNCS website and address and contact information.
Headquarters Office
Tamika Becton 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20525 Email: Phone: 202-606-5000
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 12 $46,038,637; FY 13 est $44,277,713; and FY 14 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range of financial assistance is from $0 to $611,758.
The average of financial assistance is $238,077.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The program's regulations are located in the CFR located at this website
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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