Announcing the 2019 RSVP Competition Notice of Funding Opportunity

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is pleased to release the 2019 RSVP Competition Notice of Funding Opportunity. For decades, RSVP has effectively engaged older Americans in meeting national and community needs that deliver lasting, meaningful results. With this Notice, CNCS intends to fund successful applicants that increase the impact of volunteers age 55 and older, serving in a diverse range of activities in response to local community needs.

Notice of Funding Opportunity

The Notice of Funding Opportunity and specific geographic service areas can be found at Connecticut funding opportunities in this competition include:

Southern New London County and Windham County

  • Available funding: $111,074

  • Grant Start Date: July 1, 2019

  • Required number of unduplicated volunteers: 139

  • Service area: Towns of Ashford, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Columbia, Coventry, Eastford, Hampton, Killingly, Mansfield, Plainfield, Pomfret, Putnam, Scotland, Sterling, Thompson, Windham, Woodstock, Stonington, Groton, New London, Ledyard, Waterford, Uncasville, Quaker Hill, Oakdale, Niantic, Lyme, Old Lyme

Northwestern Connecticut

  • Available funding: $125,322

  • Grant Start Date: April 1, 2019

  • Required number of unduplicated volunteers: 180

  • Service area: Towns of Waterbury, Naugatuck, Southbury, Middlebury, Prospect, Wolcott, Beacon Falls, Cheshire, Seymour, Oxford, Ansonia and Derby in New Haven County; Towns of Thomaston, Woodbury, Watertown, New Milford, Torrington, Winchester/Winsted, Barkhamsted, North Canaan, Canaan, Goshen, Warren, Roxbury, Washington, New Hartford, Harwinton, Colebrook, Norfolk, Falls Village, Kent, Salisbury, Litchfield, Cornwall, Bethlehem, and Morris in Litchfield County

Central Connecticut

  • Available funding: $158,960

  • Grant Start Date: July 1, 2019

  • Required number of unduplicated volunteers: 340

  • Service area: Towns of Avon, Berlin, Bloomfield, Bolton, Canton, Cromwell, Durham, East Hampton, East Hartford, Ellington, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby/East Granby, Haddam/East Haddam, Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, Middletown, Middlefield, New Britain, Newington, Portland, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, Somers, South Windsor, Southington, Tolland, Vernon, Wallingford, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor/East Windsor, and Windsor Locks

Eligible Applicants

The following entities are eligible to apply, including current CNCS grantees: public or private nonprofit organizations (including faith-based and other community organizations); institutions of higher education; government entities within states or territories (e.g. cities, counties); government-recognized veteran service organizations; labor organizations; partnerships and consortia; and Indian Tribes. We strongly encourage all eligible applicants to visit to learn more about how RSVP can help them increase their impact by engaging volunteers age 55 years and older in service.


  • Notice of Intent to Apply: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply. The Notice of Intent to Apply should be completed via Survey Monkey no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Wednesday October 10, 2018.

  • Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Wednesday, November 7, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified in mid-February, 2019.

Funding Priorities

RSVP volunteers help organizations expand services, build capacity, develop partnerships, leverage resources, create sustainable projects, and recruit and manage other volunteers. Grant funding partially covers expenses to operate a RSVP project such as staffing, supplies, volunteer stations, and training of staff and members. This RSVP Competition Notice prioritizes grant-making in the six focus areas identified by the Serve America Act (SAA) of 2009 and in alignment with the CNCS Strategic Plan: Disaster Services; Economic Opportunity; Education; Environmental Stewardship; Healthy Futures; and Veterans and Military Families.

Within the six focus areas, Senior Corps funding priorities include:

  • Evidence-Based Program Implementation

  • Access to Care - Opioid Abuse

  • Aging in Place - Elder Justice

  • Aging in Place - Independent Living

  • Economic Opportunity - Workforce Development

  • Education - Intergenerational Programming

  • Disaster Services

  • Veterans and Military Families

Technical Assistance

CNCS will host a series of technical assistance calls to answer questions about this funding opportunity, Performance Measures, and eGrants. CNCS strongly encourages all interested applicants to participate in these sessions.

Call dates and times can be found at If you have questions at any time during the application period, please send an email to