2019 - 2020 South Carolina Volunteer Generation Fund Partner Application
The United Way Association of South Carolina (UWASC), with funds made available by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is proud to announce the South Carolina Volunteer Generation grant competition. CNCS is a federal agency whose mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic participation through service and volunteering. Through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, CNCS has helped to engage millions of citizens in meeting community and national challenges through service and volunteer action.
This South Carolina Volunteer Generation Fund (SC-VGF) grant opportunity aims to provide partner agencies with the necessary financial resources needed to implement evidence-based strategies that will increase their ability to engage and retain volunteers. UWASC will provide training and technical assistance as well as make available grants of up to $25,000 to an estimated 10 eligible entities. It is expected that the average grant award will be in the $15,000 range. The use of funding will be limited to expenses that are based on evidence-informed practices that have been found to correlate to strong volunteer engagement and retention.
Focus Area(s) that will be considered for funding include:
1) Disaster Services, 2) Economic Opportunity, 3) Education, 4) Environmental Stewardship, 5) Healthy Futures, and 6) Veterans and Military Families
Special consideration will be granted for applicants who propose to use SC-VGF funding to support the following activities:
- Skills-Based Volunteering (highly encouraged)
- Disaster preparation, response and recovery training for volunteers
- Spontaneous Volunteer Coordination and Reception Centers
- Opioid crisis epidemic initiatives
Health, behavioral health, and emergency management organizations are encouraged to apply for disaster preparation, response and recovery training.
UWASC intends to fund project proposals from any South Carolina community, however special consideration will be granted for rural communities and those projects intended to manage volunteers that serve the following target counties:
- Abbeville, Aiken, Allendale
- Bamberg, Barnwell
- Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Colleton
- Darlington, Dillon
- Marion, Marlboro
This opportunity is open to public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and other community organizations; institutions of higher education; government entities within state territories (e.g. cities, counties), labor organizations; partnerships and consortia; or Tribal organizations.