The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) provides additional federal resources to AmeriCorps Seniors in order to assist communities in COVID-19 recovery. This funding will be made available throughout the United States, with a particular interest in programs that will serve communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through American Rescue SDP funding opportunities, applicants must demonstrate how they will engage adults age 55 and over to address one or more of the American Rescue SDP priorities.
To maximize the impact of investment in national service; AmeriCorps Seniors will prioritize national service investments in the following areas:
- Efforts to help local communities recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic. AmeriCorps Seniors is specifically interested in applications that establish or support education, vaccination, and vaccination education efforts; particularly in hard-to-reach communities.
- Applications that actively engage in removing structural racial inequities, advance racial equality, and increase opportunity to achieve sustainable change in communities.
- Applicants may propose programming in any county, city, or town. Applicants are encouraged to propose programming in the priority service areas identified on Appendix A: List of Priority Areas.
All new and recompeting applicants regardless of funding level are required to submit an Operational and Financial Management Survey (OFMS).
All applications funded under this authority are required to have a 10% match, regardless if the proposed program will recruit and place volunteers who receive a stipend or not.
Register for the technical assistance webinar "Session 1: Introducing AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps Seniors and it’s Programs" on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 - 3:30pm ET and the other sessions here.
Please contact AmericanRescueSDP@cns.gov for questions or additional guidance.