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AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) Replacement and Expansion Opportunity


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Feb 1, 2024




Engages adults age 55 and older to serve as caring, 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 in schools, Head Start programs, 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

Priority funding areas include:

  • Organizations serving underrepresented and underserved communities and populations, including:
    • Communities with concentrated poverty
    • Rural communities
    • Tribal communities
    • Communities of color
    • Immigrants and refugees
    • People with disabilities
    • LGBTQIA+ individuals
    • Religious minorities
  • Programs focused on early learning and those that prepare AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers to enter early learning careers
  • Proposals that serve a geographic service area located in a priority state or territory
  • Support for organizations serving people with arrest and conviction records and providing meaningful reentry opportunities
  • Efforts to help communities continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic through activities to address learning loss
  • Civic bridge-building projects and training in civic bridge-building for AmeriCorps volunteers designed to foster respect among diverse communities and reduce polarization

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $9,000 per volunteer per year
Estimated total program funding: $1,500,000

Applicants must provide matching funds for 10% of the project. Matching funds can be non-AmeriCorps 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
  • State service commissions
  • States and territories
  • Tribal organizations controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by federally recognized Indian tribes

Applicants must propose to serve 1 or more geographic service areas. There is no maximum number of service areas that applicants may propose to serve, and all services areas must be included in a single application.

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

  • Geographic diversity
  • Rural communities
  • Small and medium programs
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Program focus areas
  • Other innovative community strategies

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

2024 AmeriCorps Seniors SCP Replacement and Expansion Opportunity technical assistance webinars:

  • AmeriCorps Seniors in Action: Mobilizing a Generation recording and slides
  • Identifying Funding Priority Areas in Your Community recording and slides
  • Tour of the Notice of Funding Opportunity: Selection Criteria Review recording and slides
  • National Performance Measures and Work Plans recording and slides
  • Foster Grandparent Program Office Hours: Budget Q&A recording and slides
  • Foster Grandparent Program Office Hours: General and Performance Measurement Q&A recording and slides


For program or application questions:
Live chat

Topics This Program Addresses

Elderly People • Health and Wellness • People with Disabilities • Schools • Social Services • Youth