Learn and Serve America_Higher Education

This grant program has two main objectives: (1) To support high quality service learning projects that engage students in meeting community needs with demonstrable results, while enhancing students' academic and civic learning; and (2) to support efforts to build capacity and strengthen the service infrastructure
with institutions of higher education.
Examples of Funded Projects

(1) Over 150 teacher education students at three State colleges are learning how to use service- learning in K-12 classrooms, while working alongside K-12 students in service projects assisting the homebound elderly.

(2) As part of a credit bearing clinical program, over 35 law students at a private university are providing legal assistance to low-income communities in order to reduce toxic exposure and work place environmental hazards.

(3) As part of their clinical rotations, over 250 nursing and allied health professions students from one private and one community college are providing community-based health education and primary care to senior citizens and low-income people.

(4) A national organization of community colleges is providing subgrants, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to eight member colleges engaged in developing service learning projects and infrastructure.

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 State Program Offices.

Program Accomplishments

For fiscal year 2002, the Corporation awarded continuation grants to support 57 service-learning programs at colleges and universities across the Nation. These programs engaged over 30,000 students at over 300 institutions of higher education in service activities such as tutoring, mentoring, health outreach and education, primary and preventive health care, conflict resolution, neighborhood clean-up and revitalization, gang violence, and substance abuse prevention. Through structured reflection and related course work, the students translate their service activities into opportunities for academic and civic learning. The Corporation monitors and provides technical assistance to funded programs in order to enhance quality and networking opportunities. In fiscal year 2003, the Corporation's funding will support approximately 62 continuing programs.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To strengthen the service-learning infrastructure and support high quality programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Entities eligible to receive a grant are limited to individual institutions of higher education (as defined by the Higher Education Act of 1965), consortia of institutions of higher education, and nonprofit organizations or public agencies, including States, working in partnership with one or more institutions of higher education.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Graduate and undergraduate students, faculty members, local and national nonprofit organizations, and public agencies will benefit.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Grant applicants apply directly to the Corporation for National and Community Service through an annual grant cycle.

Selected institutions and organizations receive grants directly from the Corporation.

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 National and Community Service headquarters.


National and Community Service Act of 1990; as amended and the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

A range has not been established.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Grant recipients are required to provide a cash and/or in-kind match of an amount equal to or greater than the amount of the grant award.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The Corporation awards grants for a one-year period, with the possibility of renewal in each of the two following years, contingent upon program performance and the availability of funds.

Post Assistance Requirements




Audits must be performed as required by the Law.



Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $8,539,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

From $40,000 to $320,000; $188,600.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Application regulations have been specified in the Law. Contact the Corporation's headquarters office for further details.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a list of State Program 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 applications are reviewed against the following quality criteria: (1) Program design, (2) organization capacity, and (3) Budget/Cost-Effectiveness. All applications are evaluated in a multi-stage process that includes a peer review. Continuation applications are reviewed by corporation staff.

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