California Experience Corps Funding Opportunity

Published: January 12, 2023
Amended: January 24, 2023
Notice of Intent to Apply Due Date: February 10, 2023
Application Due Date: March 9, 2023

Grant Description

The 2022 Budget Act provided $10 million one-time General Fund for the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion program to engage older adults in volunteer service that benefit schools, families, and communities across the state. These funds provide additional volunteer positions with stipends for older adults to provide one-on-one mentoring, nurturing, and support to children; and to provide peer-support services to older adults at risk of out-of-home placement due to chronic illness, disability, or isolation.

The Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs are national models that continue to demonstrate value and success of older adult volunteerism. In partnership with the California Department of Aging (CDA) and AmeriCorps, California Volunteers will increase older adult volunteerism, help people age in place, reduce isolation, and enhance intergenerational partnerships and relations for the benefit of the State by promoting and expanding volunteering opportunities for older adults. 

Through the California Experience Corps Funding Opportunity, California Volunteers will provide state supplemental funding to create up to 1,000 additional stipended volunteer positions over two years for older adults by expanding the AmeriCorps Seniors’ Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs within existing service areas and into currently unserved counties or Planning Service Areas (PSA) identified by CDA.

Eligible Applicants

This opportunity is open to the following entities:

    1. AmeriCorps Seniors grantees operating in California who currently receive federal funds for either a Foster Grandparent Program or Senior Companion Program grant or have an approved no-cost grant ($0).
    2. Eligible non-Federal entities who will be applying for AmeriCorps funding to engage older adults in California in volunteerism through the FY 2023 AmeriCorps Seniors Native Nations and Indigenous Elders Senior Demonstration Program and/or the FY 2023 AmeriCorps Seniors Workforce Development Senior Demonstration Program.

Application Deadline

The complete application is due via email to Funding@CaliforniaVolunteers.CA.GOV by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, March 9, 2023.

Deadline for Intent to Apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, February 10, 2023. 

Complete the Notice of Intent to Apply here.

Application Documents

The following documents are required to complete the 2022 California Volunteers Place-Based Initiative State Funding Application:

  • Request for Applications
  • State Share Budget Worksheet
  • Service Station Roster

Technical Assistance Webinars

California Volunteers is hosting a technical assistance webinar for applicants to answer questions about the funding opportunity. California Volunteers strongly encourages all applicants to participate in this session. The technical assistance webinar will be recorded and posted here.

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