Interested in becoming a 2015-16 RICC AmeriCorps*VISTA Host Site?
In partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Rhode Island Campus Compact (RICC) is pleased to announce the availability of up to twenty-three (23) AmeriCorps*VISTA awards to our member institutions and community partner organizations for the 2015-2016 program year. All projects are contingent on CNCS funding.
In exchange for a full-time RICC AmeriCorps*VISTA, host sites are required to pay an AmeriCorps VISTA program fee of $3,500.00 per VISTA.
RICC is NOW accepting Host Site Applications through Friday, February 27, 2015 at 12 noon.
These are competitive awards through RICC, approved by CNCS, and will be granted based upon the quality of the project and its alignment with the mission of AmeriCorps*VISTA and the goals of the RICC AmeriCorps*VISTA program. RICC Member Institutions will be granted special priority. All projects are contingent on CNCS funding.
The purpose of the AmeriCorps*VISTA program is to enable organizations and low-income communities to expand their capacity to work on eliminating the root causes of poverty. RICC AmeriCorps*VISTA projects should be developed around a three-year timeline for completion that builds community capacity and ultimately leads to a project that is self-sustaining.
The project and RICC AmeriCorps*VISTA member’s work must explicitly address the following program goals:
1. To develop or enhance campus-community efforts to address one of the identified project focus areas;
2. To create, develop, or sustain reciprocal, mutually beneficial partnerships between the campus and community organizations, leaders, and members;
3. To foster RICC AmeriCorps*VISTA members as professionals and emerging leaders in the fields of community development, civic engagement, and/or higher education.
For the 2015-2016 program year, RICC AmeriCorps*VISTA members will be assigned to member campuses and community non-profit organizations with projects in at least one of the following focus areas:
1. Education: Improved school readiness and academic performance in K-12 schools, increased graduation rates, and college enrollment and retention.
2. Economic Opportunity: Safe and affordable housing for vulnerable families, enhanced financial literacy, and employment training and access.
In addition to meeting at least one of the selected focus areas above, sites are welcome (but not required) to select an additional focus area in the project application:
1. Healthy Futures: Improved access to nutritious foods and health care, particularly as low-income communities in RI adjust to the Affordable Care Act.
2.Veterans and Military Families: Engaging veterans in service, providing service to veterans and military families
3. The My Brother’s Keeper initiative (http://www.whitehouse.gov/my-brothers-keeper), such as youth mentoring, education, and workforce development
4. Science, technology, engineering, and math education (STEM) to bolster the number of underrepresented students who pursue and obtain STEM degrees
5. Refugee resettlement and victims of human trafficking
6. Intergenerational food security and ending childhood hunger
To complete an application, review and complete the following documents:
Supplementary Document (to review):
• Host Site Application Overview
Application (to complete):
• Cover Sheet
• Host Site Application
Part A: Narratives
Part B: VISTA Assignment Description (VAD)
Part C: Data Collection & Performance Measure Commitment Agreement
Part D: Financial Commitment
• Supporting Document: Letter of Support from an Institutional/Organizational Leader
• Supporting Document: Letter(s) of Support from at least one Community Partner
• Supporting Document: Resume of Supervisor
Please note there have been several changes to the 2015-2016 application. Year 1 projects must complete all portions of the application. Year 2 and Year 3 projects are required to update the application as necessary.
For Year 1 Projects—Intent to Apply Calls: RICC is now requiring all potential new projects to schedule a call with us to discuss the project further as a part of the application process. Please schedule this call with Mary Alice O’Connor through email or phone prior to submitting your application.
Application Deadline: Friday, February 27, 2015 by 12 noon.
Please Contact Mary Alice O’Connor, RICC Program Director, by email at email@example.com, if you have questions, need additional information, or want to schedule an “Intent to Apply” call. All application materials should also be submitted as one (1) word document, with the Supporting Documents as a separate PDF—with your institution’s name and the word “VISTA15-16” as the title (exp. NEITVISTA15-16) to firstname.lastname@example.org.