[Federal Register Volume 68, Number 127 (Wednesday, July 2, 2003)]
[Pages 39532-39533]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 03-16623]



Notice of Availability of Funds for AmeriCorps*VISTA Program 

AGENCY: Corporation for National and Community Service.

ACTION: Notice of funding availability.


SUMMARY: The Corporation for National and Community Service 
(hereinafter the `Corporation') announces the availability of 
approximately $3,000,000 in fiscal year 2003 funds to award 
AmeriCorps*VISTA program grants to eligible nonprofit and public 
organizations. The Corporation anticipates making between 5 and 15 
AmeriCorps*VISTA program grants under this announcement. Each grant 
budget will support a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 50 
AmeriCorps*VISTA members on a full-time basis for one year of service. 
The Corporation will make awards covering a period not to exceed one 
year with a potential for an additional two years of funding, 
contingent upon satisfactory performance, the availability of funds, 
and other criteria established in the award agreement. These estimates 
are projections for the guidance of potential applicants. The 
Corporation is not bound by any estimate in this notice. Publication of 
this announcement does not obligate the Corporation to award any 
specific number of grants or to obligate the entire amount of funds 
available, or any part thereof, for grants under the AmeriCorps*VISTA 
program. Applicable regulations include the uniform administrative 
requirements for grants and agreements with institutions of higher 
education, hospitals, and other nonprofit organizations, 45 CFR part 
2543 or the uniform administrative requirements for grants and 
cooperative agreements to State and local governments, 45 CFR part 
    AmeriCorps*VISTA assigns individuals 18 years and older, on a full-
time, year-long basis, to public and private nonprofit organizations 
whose goals are in accord with AmeriCorps*VISTA's legislative mission. 
(42 U.S.C. 4951) The purpose of these program grants is to create and 
expand opportunities for low income individuals in one of the following 
broad areas: (1) Children and youth; (2) welfare to work; (3) financial 
asset development; (4) seniors in poverty, and (5) homeland security. 
AmeriCorps*VISTA Projects in these initiatives will focus on (1) local 
or state organizations working alone or in conjunction with local 
affiliates that share a vision and common goal of

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working with low-income communities to achieve long-lasting antipoverty 
objectives; (2) promotion of partnerships and collaboration between the 
public and private sectors including businesses, community-based 
organizations (secular and faith-based) and other service programs; (3) 
recruitment, training, and coordination of local volunteers; (4) 
mobilization of resources needed to support the project; and (5) 
development of a sustainable capacity in local communities. While there 
is no specific match requirement, the level of matching contributions 
will also be considered in final application selection.
    Eligible applicants for AmeriCorps*VISTA program grants supporting 
these initiatives must be private non-profit or public organizations. 
AmeriCorps*VISTA sponsoring organizations may apply without affecting 
the status of their current projects. However, applicants must 
differentiate between this grant's proposed activities and those of the 
currently-funded program or pending application. Eligible nonprofit and 
public organizations, including those that have not applied for federal 
assistance from the Corporation in the past, as well as interested 
community-based organizations (secular and faith-based), are encouraged 
to apply.

    Note: This notice is not a complete description of the 
activities to be funded or of the application requirements. For 
supplementary information and application guidelines go to the 
Corporation's Web site at http://www.cns.gov/whatshot/notices.html. 
You can also find more information about AmeriCorps*VISTA project 
sponsorship in general at http://www.americorps.org/vista/sponsorinfo.html.

DATES: Applications must be received at the Corporation by 5 p.m. on 
August 15, 2003. We anticipate announcing selections under this Notice 
no later than September 12, 2003.

ADDRESSES: Submit your application to the following address: 
Corporation for National and Community Service, 1201 New York Avenue 
NW., Stop 9100, Washington, DC 20525. Due to delays in delivery of 
regular mail to government offices, there is no guarantee that an 
application sent by regular mail will arrive in time to be considered. 
We therefore suggest that you use U.S.P.S. priority mail or a 
commercial overnight delivery service to make sure that you meet the 
deadline. We will not accept an application that is submitted via 
facsimile. Applications for AmeriCorps*VISTA will not be accepted via 
eGrants at this time.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelly Daly at (202) 606-5000 ext. 378, 
or by e-mail at vista@americorps.org. The TDD number is 202-565-2799. 
For a printed copy of this NOFA and the supplementary information and 
application guidelines (available on-line), contact Ms. Daly at (202) 
606-5000 ext. 378. Upon request, this information will be made 
available in alternate formats for people with disabilities.

    Dated: June 26, 2003.
David Caprara,
Director, AmeriCorps*VISTA.
[FR Doc. 03-16623 Filed 7-1-03; 8:45 am]