Volunteer Generation Fund

2019 - 20 South Carolina Volunteer Generation Fund Partner Application

The United Way Association of South Carolina, 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:
  • Disaster Services
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Healthy Futures
  • 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 Volunteer Reception and Spontaneous Volunteer Coordination
  • Health 
  • Target Communities
    • Abbeville, Aiken, Allendale 
    • Bamberg, Barnwell 
    • Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Colleton
    • Darlington, Dillon
    • Edgefield
    • Florence
    • Hampton
    • Jasper
    • Marion, Marlboro
    • Williamsburg
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. Funding consideration is not limited to target communities.
Important dates
January 25, 2019 | Application Opens
February 8, 2019 | Technical Assistance Call/Webinar #1 10am EST – Online/Webinar-based https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1822956589590016523
February 22, 2019 | Technical Assistance Call/Webinar #2 at 10am EST – https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5868938377968569867
March 12, 2019 | Lunch & Learn session, Together SC Summit
March 15, 2019 | Technical Assistance Call/Webinar #3 10am EST – Online/Webinar-based https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/303004909492098059
March 29, 2019 | Application Due by 5:00PM EST
April 1, 2019-April 12, 2019 |Review Process
April 15, 2019 | Notification of Award
April 24, 2019 |Partner Agency Training

How to Apply: Interested organizations are encouraged to download the full application and review in its entirety prior to applying. Select the “Apply Now” option to submit your completed application and required supplemental documentation. 


Program Contact
Rosland Powell
Impact Services Manager