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Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) Grant

Grants to Florida Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Labor
Organizations for Volunteer Capacity Building

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Volunteer Florida and Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

08/13/20 5:00 PM EDT


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Grants to Florida nonprofits, faith-based organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and labor organizations to expand capabilities for community service. Funding is intended to assist applicant organizations increase their capacity to support, manage, recruit, and retain skills-based volunteers to serve in high-value volunteer assignments. In addition to the funding, technical assistance, coaching, and training will be provided to strengthen organizational capacity.

Volunteer Florida is soliciting proposals from Florida organizations that use volunteers to provide services in the following six (6) CNCS priority areas: 1) Disaster Services, 2) Economic Opportunity, 3) Education, 4) Environmental Stewardship, 5) Healthy Futures, 6) Veterans and Military Families.

Proposals including one of the priority areas listed below will receive a three-point scoring priority:

  1. Rural Communities - organizations that demonstrate measurable impact and primarily serve rural communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure.
  2. Economic Opportunities - Increasing economic opportunities for communities by preparing people for the workforce.

For information about funding criteria, see:

Successful applicants MUST opt in to the following performance measures:

  • Number of skills-based volunteers recruited by organizations or participants: Target 400
  • Number of hours skills-based volunteers will serve: Target 3,000
  • A pre-/post-test assessment measuring organizational implementation of effective volunteer management practices.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182196

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

An estimated 24 organizations

Estimated Size of Grant:

New applicant organizations or organizations in their second year of funding will be eligible to receive $20,000 in grant funding. Organizations entering their third year of VGF funding will be eligible to receive $24,000 in grant funding.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is a twelve-month period, beginning October 1, 2020, and ending September 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible entities must be public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and other community organizations; institutions of higher education; government entities within states or territories (e.g., cities, counties); labor organizations; partnerships and consortia; or Indian Tribes.

Organizations receiving VGF program funds for more than three (3) years are not eligible for FY 2020-2021 VGF funding.

The Volunteer Generation Fund cannot be used as an expansion of existing federally funded national service programs such as: AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, and Senior Corps (RSVP, Foster Grandparents).

Organizations receiving the following Volunteer Florida grants are not eligible for the FY 2020-2021 VGF funding: AmeriCorps, Florida Disaster Fund, Disaster Case Management (DCMP) and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Pre-proposal Conference:

Volunteer Florida will host a technical assistance webinar for the Volunteer Generation Fund FY 2020-2021 funding opportunity. The technical assistance webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14, 2020 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT via GoToMeeting.

Please register for the technical assistance webinar by clicking here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be submitted through the Blackbaud system no later than Thursday, August 13, 2020, at 5:00pm EDT.

The VGF sub-grantees (one program and one finance staff member) will be required to attend a comprehensive training to establish or strengthen a skills-based volunteer program. In addition, sub-grantees will receive ongoing technical assistance and coaching. The Volunteer Generation Fund sub-grantee training is anticipated to occur on November 4-6, 2020.

- Application opens: July 1, 2020
- Application technical assistance calls: July 14, 2020, 10:00 AM EDT
- Application due to Volunteer Florida: August 13, 2020
- Internal programmatic and budget review: Aug. 14, 2020 - Sept. 1, 2020
- Clarification provided to applicants: September 3, 2020
- Final applications and budgets including clarification changes due to Volunteer Florida: September 16, 2020
- Contracts provided to successful applicants: October 1, 2020
- Volunteer Florida VGF contract overview conference call: Oct. 8, 2020
- Letters to applicants not receiving funding (as applicable): Oct. 31, 2020
- Volunteer Generation Fund Training (required for sub grantees): November 4-6, 2020 (anticipated)

For the 2020-2021 contract year, match is not required per CNCS authority to issue a blanket waiver

CNCS Focus Areas:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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To ensure that this funding process is carried out in a fair and equitable manner, all questions should be submitted to

Volunteer Florida
1545 Raymond Diehl Road, Suite 250
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Phone: 850.414.7400
Fax: 850.921.5146

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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