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AmeriCorps Seniors Senior Companion Program (SCP) Expansion Sponsor Competition



Application Deadline: Feb 3, 2021

Sponsoring Organization



Engages adults age 55 and older to provide companionship and support to other adults in need of extra assistance to remain at home or in the community for as long as possible. AmeriCorps Seniors Senior Companion Program (SCP) volunteers serve an average of 20 hours per week mostly taking place in the homes of their clients. AmeriCorps Seniors SCP volunteers can perform a range of volunteer activities including:

  • Providing companionship to ease loneliness and social isolation
  • Assisting with transportation and light chores
  • Helping to serve as eyes and ears to professionals who can intervene in the case of medical or other deterioration on the part of the clients
  • Giving support as informal caregivers

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $6,500 per volunteer per year
Estimated total program funding: $4,000,000

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 Healthy Futures 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 healthy futures
  • Helping local communities respond to and recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through Healthy Futures programming to aid communities recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Grant making in the Healthy Futures focus area to address health needs within communities by focusing specifically on independent living (aging in place), and access to health care

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

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Rural Awards

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

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • Agency on Aging for the Counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga Inc. in Pennsylvania
  • Catholic Family & Child Services in Lewis County, Washington

Topics This Program Addresses

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