Senior Demonstration Program

To provide grants to qualified agencies for the purpose of conducting innovative activities involving older Americans as volunteers, including both volunteers receiving stipends and volunteers not receiving stipends.



Agency - Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service is the nation's largest grant-maker supporting service and volunteering. Through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs, the Corporation is a catalyst for change and offers every American a chance to contribute through service and volunteering.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Senior Demonstration Program awards are administered by Corporation State Offices.

For a list see http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/contact/stateoffices.asp.


Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: Not available. Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

The following are illustrative activities cited in the authorizing legislation: (1) linking youth groups and older American organizations in volunteer activities; (2) involving older volunteers in programs and activities different from existing programs and activities supported in the community; and (3) testing whether older American volunteer programs may contribute to new objectives or certain national priorities.

Volunteers must be age 55 or older.

Volunteers may not supplant hiring or displace employed workers, or impair existing contracts for service.

Volunteers may not be involved in and funds may not be used to support religious activities, labor or anti-labor organization, lobbying, or partisan or non-partisan political activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

None.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries, i.e., the volunteers enrolled in the program, must be age 55 or older.

Credentials/Documentation

Documents required to be submitted are specified in the application instructions, posted at www.seniorcorps.gov, and include the applicant"s organization chart, a project director job description, a list of the current members of the Board of Directors, a roster of volunteer stations (placement sites), and a copy of articles of incorporation. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program currently receives no appropriated federal funds.

Most grants awarded under the program are entirely funded from non-federal sources.

From time to time the Corporation may receive appropriated funds transferred from another federal agency, which typically are targeted on specific populations for narrowly defined program purposes.

Potential applicants are asked to contact the Corporation State Office serving their location (list available at http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/contact/stateoffices.asp) to determine whether the proposed program is consistent with current program priorities.

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 Procedures

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 http://www.nationalservice.gov/egrants/index.asp.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed by the applicable Corporation State Office, which then submits a recommendation for approval or disapproval to the Director of the Senior Corps.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, as amended., 42 U.S.C 5028-5028(a).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.

Appeals

From 60 to 90 days.

Renewals

From 15 to 30 days. Grants entirely funded from non-federal sources may be renewed, subject to satisfactory performance.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: At this time, this program is funded entirely from non-Corporation funds that are either transferred from other federal agencies to the Corporation or from funds raised locally by grantees.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are generally awarded for 3 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are required for the HHS Payment Management System for draw down of federal funds, when applicable.

Annual or Semi-Annual progress reports are required on program inputs, accomplishments/outputs, and outcomes as well as on problems encountered and technical assistance desired.

The Federal Financial Report must be submitted semi-annually for federally funded projects and annually for projects that are funded entirely from non-federal sources.

The Corporation will monitor grantee performance in accordance with established policies, through desk reviews and site visits.

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. None. OMB Circular A-133 applies when total grantee federal funds expenditures meet or exceed $500,000 per year.

Records

All financial records for each budget period, including receipts, disbursements, and vouchers for federal and non-federal costs; copies of all contracts; personnel records; and job descriptions must be available for a period of 3 years from date of submission of the final Federal Financial Report.

Financial Information

Account Identification

95-8981-0-0-000.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 08 $323,000; FY 09 est $333,000; FY 10 est $243,000 - FY 2008: Includes $80,000 in grants made with funding from the Administration for Native Americans plus $243,000, which represents the estimated value of the income disregard provision of the authorizing Act which accrues to Experience Corps members serving under $0 grants. FY 2009: Includes $90,000 in grants made with funding from the Administration for Native Americans plus $243,000, which represents the estimated value of the income disregard provision of the authorizing Act which accrues to Experience Corps members serving under $0 grants. FY 2010: $243,000 represents the estimated value of the income disregard provision of the authorizing Act which accrues to Experience Corps members serving under $0 grants. To arrive at this amount, it was assumed that 1000 Experience Corps members earn a stipend averaging $2.77 per hour for an average of 15 hours/week, for a total of 39 weeks. Under the authorizing Act, this stipend is not subject to taxation. It was further assumed that the 1000 Experience Corps members are in the 15% tax bracket. Thus each of the 1000 Experience Corps members received a federal tax benefit worth $243, for a total of $243,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Senior Corps Grant Application (OMB Control No. 3045-0035). When federal funds are available for this program, specific guidelines will be developed.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Senior Demonstration Program awards are administered by Corporation State Offices. For a list see http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/contact/stateoffices.asp.

Headquarters Office

Linda Esah, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20525 Email: lesah@cns.gov Phone: (202) 606-7538.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Selection criteria for federally funded programs are developed in cooperation with the funding agency, and may vary widely. For non-federally funded programs, selection criteria include:
- Sound outcome based work plans
- Evidence of organizational capacity to manage the proposed program and track results.
- Availability of sufficient funds to carry out the proposed program.
- Track record in mobilizing senior volunteers.
- Evidence of community support.



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