Foster Grandparent Program
Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC
on Jun 24, 2005
Purpose of this 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 volunteers. Program funds are used to support Foster Grandparents in providing supportive, person to person service to children with exceptional or special needs.
Possible 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 Nofice 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.
Who is eligible to apply...
Grants are made only to State and local government agencies and private nonprofit organizations.
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.
Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.
About this section:
This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy.
For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree,
3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible.
Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they
Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications
are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs,
the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.
How to apply...
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.
Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.
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).
Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check.
Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office,
or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by
intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.
Deadlines and process...
Contact the Corporation for National and Community Service State Office for application deadlines.
When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will
be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received.
When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
120 days after receipt of application by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
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.
This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units
prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.
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.
In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission
of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or
applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
Grant renewal applications, usually required annually, are submitted 120 days prior to the end of the current budget period.
In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.
Who can benefit...
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.
About this section:
This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.
What types of assistance...
The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.
How much financial aid...
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
From $0 to $1,949,000; $318,333.
This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.
FY 03 $108,897,000; FY 04 est $109,696,000; and FY 05 est $105,719,000.
The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.
Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program.
This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.
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 byh 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.
About this section
This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.
In fiscal year 2001, the Foster Grandparent Program provided 23,400 volunteer service years (VSYs) to 321 community-based projects. There were also 18 non-Corporation projects. A total of 220,000 children with special or exceptional needs were served during the year. Special emphasis was placed on terminally ill children, juvenile delinquents, pregnant teenagers, boarder babies and abused children.
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.
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.
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.
A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.
Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.
In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.
Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.
Post assistance requirements...
Semi-annual Financial Status Report, Project Progress Report, Federal Cash Transactions Report, Project Profile and Volunteer Activity Survey, Natonal Accomplishment Survey, and customer satisfaction survey.
This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.
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.
This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency.
The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133.
These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year,
as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period,
rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).
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.
This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require.
Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office.
For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C.
For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.
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.
This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).
Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature
45 CFR 2552; Foster Grandparent Program brochure.