This application is for NEW Literacy VISTA projects for 2018-19. If you already host a Literacy VISTA (or were approved to host a Literacy VISTA in 2017-18) with Minnesota Literacy Council and are applying to CONTINUE your existing project into 2018-19, use this form instead.
For detailed information on hosting a VISTA and what Minnesota Literacy Council is looking for in its request for proposals for VISTA projects, please visit our website
USING THIS FORM
In order to be eligible to apply for a Literacy VISTA project using this form, you must first participate in an Information Session
. You will receive a password in the Information Session that is required to complete and submit this application. To sign up for an Info Session, contact Courtney at email@example.com, 651-251-9151, or see our website
To save your work:
1) Click "Save my progress and resume later" at the top of any page.
2) You will be prompted to enter your email address and create a password.
3) You may then choose to “Resume this form now.” You may also log back in to the form later.
At any point before you click "submit" and “confirm” at the end, you may return to a page and make changes. We recommend completing the narrative sections in a Word document and then copying and pasting into this online form.
for a Literacy VISTA project beginning July/August 2018
Please complete the following form to apply for
a Literacy VISTA project. Literacy VISTA projects typically last for 3-5 years.
If selected, your first year of hosting a VISTA would be 2018-19, with VISTA
members starting their one year term of service typically in late July or early
Before you begin, please review the following
Timeline Please note: exact dates are
subject to change.
- Submit this application
by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 2, 2018.
- You will be notified of
selection decisions by early February 2018.
- If selected, you will be
required to participate in a New Supervisor Workshop in mid-February (see below).
- You will be asked to submit
your VAD (project plan and VISTA Assignment Description)
and service opportunity listing by Thursday, March 1, 2018.
- You may begin recruiting
your new VISTA member in March or April 2018 as soon as your VAD and service opportunity have been approved. You must have your candidate
selected and approved by both Minnesota Literacy Council and the
Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) by early June.
- Signed site agreements and
an initial, non-refundable $1,000 portion of the cost share payment will
be due by April 30, 2018. See below for more cost share
- The new VISTA member will
begin service on in July or August 2018 (dates to be determined by CNCS).
Workshops for New Site Supervisors
All site supervisors will be asked to
participate in training related to VISTA recruitment; VAD (VISTA
Assignment Description and work plan); and orienting, coaching, and supervising a new VISTA
member. Site supervisors will be asked to register for one of the following workshops once site selection decisions have
been announced. (Dates and locations for
the workshops are subject to change.)
Workshops will be held in
the Minnesota Literacy Council training room (700 Raymond Ave, Suite 180; Saint
Paul, MN 55114) on the following dates (select one).
· Thursday, February 15, 2018, from
9am-3pm (lunch provided)
February 16, 2018,
from 9am-3pm (lunch provided)
sites located in Greater Minnesota,
an alternative training date and location and/or a webinar may be made available.
As part of the host site’s agreement to host an
AmeriCorps VISTA member, the host agency commits to making a cost-share financial match. Cost share amounts for 2018-19 are as follows:
Years 1-3: $5,000
Years 4-5: $12,312 (Full Cost Share - equal to VISTA living allowance)