AmeriCorps VISTA Training & Logistics Support

To provide training and technical assistance to the AmeriCorps VISTA program in the professional development of its members and sponsors at community-based, non-profit organizations and agencies.



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.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Cooperative agreements will support the VISTA program in training VISTA members, and their supervisors at their service sites, prior to service.

This assistance includes travel arrangement, fingerprinting for criminal history background checks, curriculum design and instructional design, facilitation, contracting training venues and on site logistical support, development of training-support materials in multi-media, web and graphic design, server maintenance, marketing/communication strategies, and evaluation.

Assistance must be consistent with approved purposes.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The use of this cooperative agrrement is limited to overall support of VISTA Training.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any US Citizen or legal resident, 18 years of age or older, with no history of crime against a minor, is eligible to serve as a VISTA member and therefore be trained through the assistance of this cooperative agreement. Equally any organization whose mission is to eradicate poverty in the US may apply to "sponsor" a VISTA member or members, and as such is eligible to be trained through assistance of this cooperative agreement.

Credentials/Documentation

Various records and forms required for first time applicants, as well as a copy of the last audit may be requested. First time applicants must certify financial systems. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Contact CNCS for application procedures.

Award Procedures

The cooperative agreement shall be awarded by CNCS and its program AmeriCorps VISTA. Pre-award negotiations are usually held.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, as amended, Title 1, Part A, Public Law 93-113, 42 U.S.C 4951-4960.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.

Appeals

From 30 to 60 days. Appeals process is in accordance with CNCS policy and procedure.

Renewals

From 30 to 60 days. Renewals are subject to performance, continuing need, and the availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Award is for two (2) years in one year increments. Funds must be expended during the grant period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Reports shall be submitted in accordance with the terms of the cooperative agreement and as required by law.

HHS Payment Management System collects quarterly cash transaction reports on behalf of CNCS.

Progress reports shall be submitted in accordance with the terms of the cooperative agreement and as required by law.

Federal Financial Status Reports are required as specified in the award grant provisions.

AmeriCorps VISTA will monitor all training events and review financial reports per event, monitor materials development and related expenditure per product and/or quarterly.

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.

Records

Records shall be maintained in accordance with the terms of the cooperative agreement and as required by law.

Financial Information

Account Identification

95-2728-1-2-000 - AmeriCorps VISTA.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 12 $0; FY 13 est $9,000,000; and FY 14 est $9,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

See Notice of Funds Opportunity.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Contact CNCS for guidelines.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Patrick Triano 1201 New York Ave, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20525 Email: ptriano@cns.gov Phone: 202-606-6816 Fax: 202-606-3475

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

CNCS will assess the VISTA Training & Logistical Support proposals for quality of design/strategy, organizational capacity, and cost effectiveness.



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