Learn and Serve America_School and Community Based Programs

To encourage elementary and secondary schools and community-based agencies to create, develop, and offer service- learning opportunities for school- age youth; educate teachers about service- learning and incorporate service-learning opportunities into classrooms to enhance academic learning; coordinate
adult volunteers in schools; and introduce young people to a broad range of careers and encourage them to pursue further education and training.
Examples of Funded Projects

In a Minnesota service-learning program, high school students visit the St.

Louis River as part of a chemistry class to test water quality and initiate local pollution control.

Third graders, in an Indiana program, spend time with seniors in nursing homes.

Information is gathered and friends are made of long- time residents of their community as part of an English Project for a book on local history.

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 Appendix IV of the Catalog for a list of regional offices.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
The Cherokee Nation $ 111,973   2010-08-012013-07-31
Poarch Band Of Creek Indians $ 90,964   0201-08-012013-07-31
Shoshone-bannock Tribes Of The Fort Hall Reservation Of Idaho $ 186,588   2010-08-012013-07-31
Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. $ 111,945   2010-08-012013-07-31
Finance And Administration, Tennessee Department Of $ 572,920   2011-04-012012-09-30
Human Services, Arkansas Department Of $ 206,776   2010-09-302012-09-29
Iowa Department Of Education $ 318,384   2009-09-302012-09-29
Confederated Salish And Kootenai Tribes $ 359,667   2009-09-282012-09-27
Education, Hawaii Department Of $ 900,000   2009-09-282012-09-27
San Pasqual Band Of Mission Indians $ 151,772   2009-09-282012-09-27

Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2002, it is estimated that Learn and Serve America: School and Community based programs engaged over 1,500,000 school-age youth in service-learning programs in local schools and communities nationwide. These programs provide opportunities for youth to learn and develop while addressing unmet needs in the areas of education, public safety, health, and environment. To accomplish the program's overarching goals of promoting academic excellence, fostering civic responsibility, and impacting communities, the Corporation has identified five programmatic priorities. The priorities are building capacity and an infrastructure to promote and support high quality service-learning efforts; forming partnerships with other educational improvement initiatives; qualitative/quantitative research and evaluation; linking service-learning to other types of national and community service efforts; and forming partnerships with citizen groups, community organizations and institutions of higher education. To ensure the quality of Learn and Serve America: School and Community based programs, the Corporation will provide guidance and technical assistance to funded agencies and organizations, and others interested in expanding service learning opportunities.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds may be used for a wide range of activities including: planning and capacity building; operating and expanding service-learning programs through grants to local partnerships; implementing and expanding school-based programs involving adult volunteers to use service-learning to improve the education of students; and providing training and technical assistance to qualified organizations.

Corporation assistance may not be used to provide religious instruction, conduct worship services or engage in any form of proselytization; to assist, promote, or deter union organizing; to finance, directly or indirectly, any activity designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office; or to impair existing contracts for service of collective bargaining agreements.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State education agencies, State Commissions on National Service, U.S.

Territories, Indian tribes, and public or private nonprofit entities may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

School-based program participants must be enrolled in elementary or secondary school. Community-based program participants must be between the ages of 5 and 17.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Applicants should contact the Corporation for specific instructions.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Contact the Corporation for specific details.

Award Procedures

Contact the Corporation for specific details.


Contact the Corporation for specific details.


National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

A range has not been established.




Based on grantee progress, the quality of the renewal plans, and the availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The Corporation's share of the total cost of carrying out a funded program may not exceed 90 percent for the first program year; 80 percent for the second year; 70 percent for the third year; 50 percent for the fourth and any subsequent year.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are for up to a 3- year period. Funding is awarded on an annual basis subject to annual review and the availability of funds.

Post Assistance Requirements


Reports should be made as required by Law.


Audits must be performed as required by the Law.


Records are required to be maintained as spelled out in the individual grant.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $25,616,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

From $20,000 to $2,376,360; $298,610.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Contact the Corporation's Headquarters Office. The Corporation's requirements for Learn and Serve America are set forth in the regulations published in the Federal Register on March 23, 1994, CFR 2515 to 2519.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a list of regional offices.

Headquarters Office

Corporation for National and Community Service, 1201 New York Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20525. Telephone: (202) 606-6715.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Grant application are reviewed against the following criteria: (1) Program design (2) organizational capacity, and (3) budget/cost-effectiveness.

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