Levin urges organizations to apply for RSVP grants

From Senator Carl Levin’s Office:

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.,  urged local organizations across Michigan to apply for federal grants to sponsor programs geared toward senior volunteers on Tuesday.  The Corporation for National and Community Service will award $14 million in grants nationwide to city and county governments, faith-based organizations, nonprofits, Indian tribes, higher education institutions, and other groups that sponsor Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP) in 2014.

“RSVP volunteers already serve in numerous Michigan communities,” Levin said.  “With this grant opportunity, even more communities could benefit from the invaluable experience of our senior volunteers . I encourage organizations across the state to consider and apply for an RSVP grant.”

Information on the 2014 RSVP grant competition follows:

What is it?         

The Corporation for National and Community Service will be awarding $14 million in federal grants to local organizations across the country that sponsor Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP) in 2014.

What are the grants for?

Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs [RSVP] in six focus areas.

 What specific focus areas can the grants support?

  •  Disaster Services
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Healthy Futures
  • Veterans and Military Families

Who can apply?

Nonprofits, faith-based institutions, higher education institutions, Indian tribes, local public agencies, city and county governments, not-for-profit local and regional housing authorities.


Letters of intent to apply are due August 9, 2013.  Deadline for applications is September 10, 2013, 5:00 p.m. EDT.

How to apply? 

Go to www.nationalservice.gov/RSVPCompetition for grant application instructions and more information on the application process.

Where to get more information on the focus areas?

There is a series of conference calls with specific information on each of the focus areas.  See call-in information below. Visit RSVP Focus Area Technical Assistance for more information and fact sheets on each focus area.


  • Replay number: 800-294-6358
  • Replay passcode: 5709

Economic Opportunity:  Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Dial-in number                  888-989-3092
  • Participant passcode      564551

Veterans and Military Families:  Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Dial-in number                  800-369-3167
  • Participant passcode      4283770

Environmental Stewardship:  Thursday, June 27, 2013, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Dial-in number                  888-972-6896
  • Participant passcode      5700643

Disaster Services:  Monday, July 1, 2013, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

  • Dial-in number                  800-621-3587
  • Participant passcode      5452187

Healthy Futures:  Date and Time TBA

  • Dial-in number                  TBA
  • Participant passcode      TBA