Foster Grandparent Program

The Foster Grandparent Program provides grants to qualified agencies and organizations for the dual purpose of engaging persons 60 or older, with limited incomes, in volunteer service to meet critical community needs; and to provide a high quality volunteer experience that will enrich the lives of the

Program funds are used to support Foster Grandparents in providing supportive, person to person service to children with exceptional or special needs.
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Examples of Funded Projects

The following exemplifies FGP service: Foster Grandparents serve seriously ill children, many with cancer, at a medical center.

The volunteers help the children deal with their illnesses, as well as their temporary separation from their families.

While often afraid of the hospital staff, the children "know" that they can trust their Foster Grandparents.

Another Foster Grandparent who serves HIV/AIDS toddlers promotes social interaction, sensory stimulation and perception, emotional well-being and language development.

Two other Foster Grandparents offer chess instruction to at-risk, elementary school children for 10-week sessions in an effort to provide behavioral modification.

Foster Grandparents serve in various settings by assisting children with a variety of physical, emotional, mental, or learning needs.

The follow statistics suggest the scope of their service.

In fiscal year 1997, 771 Foster Grandparents served in over 215 residential and juvenile detention centers where they assisted youth by providing adult guidance, companionship, and emotional support.

Over 9,000 Foster Grandparents served at approximately 3,200 schools where they helped children with literacy needs and a range of other problems.

Over 4,100 Foster Grandparents served in Head Start Centers.

Some 717 Foster Grandparents served as adult role models and taught parenting skills to over 4,300 teenage mothers.

In the area of substance abuse, almost 900 foster Grandparents provided counseling and assistance to almost 5,000 youth.

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 - Corporation for National and Community Service as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog under the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2005, more than 31,000 Foster Grandparent volunteers contributed 27.9 million hours of service to help nearly 263,000 children with special and exceptional needs. Foster Grandparents served through a network of 342 local projects nationwide supported with Corporation and non-Corporation funds. These grantees in turn worked with more than 10,000 community organizations that supervise the Foster Grandparents during their service. Special emphasis was placed on terminally ill children, juvenile delinquents, pregnant teenagers, boarder babies and abused children.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The grants may be used for: low-income Foster Grandparent stipends, transportation, physical examinations and meals; staff salaries and fringe benefits, staff travel, equipment, space costs, etc.

An amount equal to 80 percent of the corporation for National Service's Federal share must be used for Foster Grandparent direct benefits.

Assignment of Foster Grandparents to children and youth may occur in residential and non-residential facilities, including preschool establishments and to children living in their own homes.

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

No agency supervising volunteers shall request or receive compensation for services of the volunteers.

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

In addition, eligible agencies or organizations may, with a Notice of Grant Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service, receive technical assistance and materials to aid in establishing and operating a non-Corporation funded Foster Grandparent Program project using state, local and private funds.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Grants are made only to State and local government agencies and private nonprofit organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Foster Grandparents must be: 60 years of age or older, with an income within limits determined by the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (based on the Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines), and interested in serving infants, children, and youth with special or exceptional needs. (However, individuals who are not income eligible may serve as non- stipended volunteers under certain conditions.) They must be physically, mentally, and emotionally capable and willing to serve selected infants, children or youth on a person-to-person basis.


The applicant must furnish evidence of: availability of income-eligible older persons, eligible volunteer stations, and the ability to provide sufficient matching nonfederal funds. Nonprofit organizations must furnish: proof of nonprofit status, articles of incorporation, and certification of accounting capability. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circulars No. A-21 for educational institutions, No. A-87 for State and local governments and No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Organizations interested in exploring the possibility of developing a local FGP project should contact the appropriate Corporation for National and Community Service State Program Office.

The application forms (modified by the Corporation for National and Community Service with OMB approval), as furnished by the Corporation for National and Community Service and required by OMB Circular No.

A- 102, must be used 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

Applications are submitted to the Corporation for National and Community Service State Program Office. This Program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110 and A-102 for State and local governments.

Award Procedures

Grants are awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. States will be notified of awards through the Federal Assistance Awards Data System (FAADS).


Contact the Corporation for National and Community Service State Office for application deadlines.


Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, as amended, Title II, Part B, Section 211, Public Law 93-113, 42 U.S.C. 5011, as amended; National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, Public Law 103-82.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

120 days after receipt of application by the Corporation for National and Community Service.


No formal appeals for denial of initial grant application, but regulations provide for hearings on terminations and suspensions, and opportunity to show cause in cases of denial of refunding.


Grant renewal applications, usually required annually, are submitted 120 days prior to the end of the current budget period.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This Program has no statutory formula. Generally, at least 10 percent of the total project costs must be met by the applicant. In exceptional cases, the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service may make grants in excess of 90 percent of total project budget costs.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grant budget periods generally are 1 year, with an opportunity to amend each year. Grant payments are done through the DHHS Payment Management System.

Post Assistance Requirements


Semi-annual Financial Status Report, Project Progress Report, Federal Cash Transactions Report, Project Profile and Volunteer Activity Survey, National Accomplishment Survey, and customer satisfaction survey.


The Corporation for National and Community Service grants are subject to audit by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the General Accounting Office, other Federal agencies, and contract auditors. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Non-Federal entities that expend $500,000 or more in a year in Federal awards shall have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year Organizations.


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 Final Financial Status Report.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $110,943,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

From $0 to $1,949,000; $318,333.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

45 CFR 2552; Foster Grandparent Program brochure.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Corporation for National and Community Service as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog under the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Headquarters Office

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

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The corporation-wide evaluation criteria: program design: getting things done; well-documented compelling community needs(s); well-designed activities with measurable goals and objectives that meet community needs; well-defined roles for participants that lead to measurable outcomes/impact; effective involvement of target community in planning/implementation; ability to provide or secure effective technical assistance. Strengthening Communities: Strong community partnerships, including well-defined roles for community partners; Potential for sustainability, innovation, and/or replicability of project activities; enhance capacity of organizations and institutions; mobilization of community resources, including volunteers; Bring together people of diverse backgrounds. Participant Development; Effective plan for recruiting, developing, training, supervising, and recognizing participants; Well-designed plan to engage participants in high-quality service-learning as defined by the Corporation; well-designed plan for participants to learn to serve together with people of diverse backgrounds. Organizational Capacity: Ability to provide sound programmatic and fiscal oversight; sound track record in the issue areas(s) to be addressed by the project; well- defined roles for staff and administrators; well-designed plans or systems for self-assessment, evaluation and continuous improvement. Budget/Cost-Effectiveness: Adequate budget to support program design; commitment of applicant organization/host agency to securing resources for program implementation and/or sustainability; cost-effectiveness within program guidance.

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