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AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) Expansion Sponsor Competition



Application Deadline: Feb 3, 2021

Sponsoring Organization



Engages adults age 55 and older to serve as loving, experienced tutors and mentors to children and youth with special or exceptional needs, or children who would benefit from the one-on-one attention that an AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer can provide. AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) volunteers serve an average of 20 hours per week in schools, hospitals, drug treatment centers, correctional institutions, and childcare centers. AmeriCorps Seniors FGP volunteers can perform a range of volunteer activities including:

  • Reviewing schoolwork
  • Reinforcing values with children and youth
  • Mentoring and teaching parenting skills to young parents
  • Caring for premature infants and children with disabilities

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $6,500 per volunteer per year
Estimated total program funding: $5,000,000

AmeriCorps proposes making three-year grant awards. AmeriCorps generally makes an initial award for the first year of operation, based on a one-year project period. Continuation awards for subsequent years are not guaranteed and depend upon availability of appropriations and satisfactory performance.

Applicants must provide matching funds for 10% of the project. Matching funds can be non-AmeriCorps Seniors cash and/or in-kind contributions

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include the following non-federal entities:

  • Indian tribes
  • Institutions of higher education
  • Local governments
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • States
  • Tribal organizations controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by federally recognized Indian tribes

Applicants must identify education as the primary focus area and propose to serve one or more open geographic service areas listed in Appendix A.

To receive priority consideration, applicants must demonstrate that the priority area is a significant part of the program focus and intended outcomes, and must include a high-quality program design. AmeriCorps Seniors priorities for fiscal year (FY) 2021 include:

  • Actively engaging in removing structural racial inequities, advancing racial equality, and increasing opportunity in order to achieve sustainable change in communities through work plans that advance justice and equality in areas such as education
  • Helping local communities respond to and recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through education programming to aid communities recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Grant making in the education focus area to provide and/or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to improved educational outcomes for economically disadvantaged people, especially children and children with special and/or exceptional needs

AmeriCorps Seniors seeks to build a diverse portfolio that meaningfully represents:

  • Geographic diversity
  • Rural communities
  • Small and medium programs
  • Single and multi-state programs
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Program focus areas

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Applicants must submit applications electronically through the eGrants web-based management system.

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process are available in the funding announcement.

Applicant frequently asked questions

2021 Foster Grandparent Program Expansion Sponsor Competition technical assistance webinars


For program or application questions:
Live chat
Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern

Rural Awards

Examples of past awards communities have received are described on the program website.

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • FGP of South East Idaho, Inc. in Blackfoot, Idaho
  • Tri-Valley Opportunity Council in Eastern North Dakota

Topics This Program Addresses

COVID-19 Response • Elderly People • Health and Wellness • People with Disabilities • Social Services • Youth