Volunteer Generation Fund


The Volunteer Generation Fund will increase the number of people who serve in meaningful roles as volunteers dedicated to addressing important needs in communities across America. More specifically, the Fund will support efforts that expand the capacity of volunteer connector organizations to recruit, manage, support, and retain individuals to serve in high quality assignments, including those that are aligned with special days of service such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.

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
Not applicable.
Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, Public Law 111-13
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Use of assistance must be consistent with the funded, approved grant application.
Beneficiary Eligibility
See application requirements found in the Notice of Federal Funding and application instructions. Various records and forms are required for first time applicants, and a copy of the applicant's last audit may be requested. First time applicants must certify financial systems.
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 Federal Funding and application instructions for information on other application procedures.
Award Procedure
See program's Notice of Federal Funding and application instructions for information on award procedures.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. See program's Notice of Federal Funding.
CNCS does not offer an appeals process.
See program's Notice of Federal Funding.
How are proposals selected?
Proposal selection criteria are described in the program's Notice of Federal Funding.
How may assistance be used?
This competition is open to State Service Commissions on National and Community Service only. Commissions that receive funding through the Volunteer Generation Fund may directly carry out the activities supported under the award, or may carry out the activity by making subgrants to community-based entities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: CNCS and its grant recipients are required to practice risk-based monitoring, and routine field and desk-based oversight of all grant awards and expenditures.
CNCS grants are subject to audit by CNCS employees, the CNCS Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office, and auditors contracted by the CNCS.
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 CNCS 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: Title Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act Chapter Subtitle H Part Sec. 1808 Clearinghouses Subpart Sec. 198P Volunteer Generation Fund Public Law 111-13 Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act

Matching is voluntary. See program’s Notice of Federal Funding.

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
Not Applicable
Headquarters Office
Arminda Pappas
250 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20525 USA
Phone: 202-606-6659
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$5,399,114.00; FY 19 est $7,524,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$3,800,000.00; FY 16$3,879,866.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
See program's Notice of Federal Funding for matching information.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See program's Notice of Federal Funding for specific regulations and guidelines.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 Please see the transparency section at www.nationalservice.gov for examples of funded projects.


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