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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Tribes for Programs to Increase Senior Employment Rates

FY 2023 AmeriCorps Seniors Workforce Development Senior Demonstration Program

GrantWatch ID# 199404
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
Americorps - AmeriCorps Seniors
CFDA Number: 94.017

Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew York CityNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashington, DCWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/12/23
Deadline: 02/01/23 5:00 PM ET

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and Tribes for programs to improve employment rates in adults over the age of 55. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended to provide older adults with support and training in order to re-enter the workforce.

AmeriCorps Seniors is publishing this funding notice with the purpose of creating the AmeriCorps Seniors Workforce Development Senior Demonstration Program to support projects focused on supporting older adults as they seek to secure employment in professional, skilled labor, or para-professional careers. In addition, AmeriCorps Seniors is partnering with Public Health AmeriCorps, which seeks to support projects that address the public health needs of local communities, advance health equity and create pathways to public health careers for older adults.

AmeriCorps’ priorities for this funding opportunity are:

  • Support older adults in obtaining permanent employment in skilled labor, professional or paraprofessional careers (for the purpose of this NOFO, professional is defined as “engaged in a specified activity as one’s main paid occupation rather than as a pastime and requires a particular skillset in order to be successful.” Paraprofessional is defined as “specially trained or credentialed employment, in fields such as education, healthcare, engineering, law.”).
  • Provide training and/or certification for employment, and supports such as mentorship, coaching, transportation, and other forms of support.
  • Provide mentoring and/or coaching in regular increments, including during pre- and post- employment placement.
  • Provide a competitive stipend to remove barriers for older adults’ service. If the program model does not include a stipend for beneficiaries, a full explanation must be provided, including how the program recruits, retains, supports volunteers, and a pattern of success.

AmeriCorps Seniors is particularly interested in how applicants will demonstrate for the targeted profession(s), how older adults (adults aged 55+) will be recruited, the type of certification or credential provided, specific period of mentoring and post-job placement follow-up, and how the program reaches success. In addition, please detail service placement description, including how placement connects with training and certification and information about stipends and other supports to remove barriers to service and participation. Finally, ensure the application describes a strategy for incremental check-in at the time of eventual job placement, and a period of time after job placement (minimum one month, six months post, and one year post employment).


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
The following non-Federal entities (all of which are defined in 2 CFR 200.1 or 42 U.S.C. 12511(21)) are eligible to apply:
- Indian Tribes
- Institutions of higher education
- Local governments, including city or county health public health departments
- Nonprofit organizations, including state-recognized tribal organizations
- State service commissions
- States and US Territories

AmeriCorps strongly encourages organizations that have not received prior funding from AmeriCorps to apply.

Other eligibility requirements:

Applications that propose to engage in activities that are prohibited under AmeriCorps’ statutes, regulations, or the terms and conditions of its awards are not eligible to receive AmeriCorps funding.

Pre-Proposal Conference
AmeriCorps Seniors will host a series of webinars and post recordings to introduce potential applicants in general to the AmeriCorps Seniors Senior Demonstration Project, this opportunity, its performance measurement system and more.

Touring the Notice of Funding Opportunity:
- Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at 3:30 pm ET
- Wednesday January 4, 2023, at 3:30 pm ET

Registration: Coming Soon
In this session, the Notice of Funding Opportunity will be reviewed and a Q&A will be conducted.

Best Practices in Budget Development:
- Prerecorded
- Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at 2:30 pm ET

In this session, AmeriCorps Seniors and Office of Grants Administration (OGA) review best practices in budget development for AmeriCorps Seniors funding opportunities. Please watch the prerecording before attending the live call.

SDP Applicant Question and Answer Session
- Thursday, January 12, 2023, at 3:30pm ET

Registration: Coming Soon
AmeriCorps Seniors is available for applicant questions related to the SDP WFD Opportunity.

Pre-Application Information
Applications are due not later than Wednesday, February 1, 2023, by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

- Successful applicants will be notified by April 2023.
- Successful applicants will be issued awards by June 2023.

Applicants must have a valid SAM registration and Unique Entity Identifier to receive an award. AmeriCorps suggests that applicants finalize a new registration or renew an existing one at least three weeks before the application deadline, to allow time to resolve any issues that may arise.

AmeriCorps recommends that applicants create an eGrants account and begin the application at least three weeks before the deadline. Applicants should draft the application as a Word document, then copy and paste the text into the appropriate eGrants field no later than 10 days before the deadline.

All applicants regardless of funding level are required to submit an Operational and Financial Management Survey (OFMS).

Applicants are required to match funds equal to 10 percent of their total requested 3-year program budget. The applicant’s match can be non-AmeriCorps cash and/or in-kind contributions. Applicants must indicate whether the match is proposed or secured. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to meet the ten (10) percent match requirement at the time of application submission.

Prerecorded webinar:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract
Applicants must propose a period of performance to start July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2026. Successful applicants will be issued awards by late June 2023.

AmeriCorps anticipates making three-year grant awards and award all three years at one time. Applicants should include second- and third-year budget amounts in their budget application.

Contact Information
Apply online:

If circumstances make it impossible for an applicant to submit in eGrants, applicants may send a paper copy of the application via overnight carrier below. Applicants must include a written explanation and any other documentation or evidence that support their inability to submit their application electronically.

ATTN: AmeriCorps Seniors/AmeriCorps Seniors Workforce Development Senior
Demonstration Program Application
250 E Street, SW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20525

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