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October 2003Vol. 4, No. 8"Next Generation Grants" Available

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently announced the availability of approximately $4 million for Next Generation Grants to nonprofit organizations (such as public charities, faith-based and secular community organizations, private foundations, and schools). The grants will provide seed money to help new and startup organizations, as well as established organizations proposing new projects or programs, plan and implement new service programs that have the potential for becoming national in scope. Proposals and supporting materials are due November 17, 2003.

Grants will fund innovative strategies to engage volunteers in service that results in measurable outcomes for both beneficiaries and participants. Innovative models should fall under at least one of three service areas:

  • Programs that engage individuals in an intensive commitment to service in communities (defined as serving at least 40 hours per week).
  • Volunteer programs for seniors (age 55+).
  • Programs that connect service with education.

For additional information and concept paper guidelines visit the CNCS website at (Editor's note: this link is no longer available.)