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The United Way Association of South Carolina (UWASC) serves as the alternative administrative agency for the state’s Commission on National and Community Service. Through volunteerism and national service programming, UWASC seeks to renew the ethic of civic responsibility for all of South Carolina’s citizens. UWASC grants funds to faith-based organizations, community nonprofits, tribal communities, and educational entities to encourage volunteer engagement to help address pressing community needs. 

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. Funding is continent upon continued funding by CNCS at the amount requested by UWASC.

To download the application and instructions you can click here. When you have reviewed the application in its entirely and are ready to apply, you may do so using the below application process. Be sure to attach documents as required. 

Volunteer Generation Fund project proposals must be submitted via the online process to the UWASC by Friday, July 31, 2020 at 5:00pm EDT. The grant period is a twelve-month period beginning October 1, 2020 and ending September 30, 2021.

Refer to the full Notice of Funding document for complete instructions on how to provide high quality responses to the following application. 

Please fill out this form only if you are an authorized representative of the organization that you are representing. Questions about the application process may be directed to Rosland Powell, Impact Services Manager, at

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Please fill in the [blanks] below to complete the executive summary:


Organization’s Mission Statement]

[Name of organization] will recruit or transition [number] general volunteers to skills-based volunteers that will serve a total of [hours] towards meeting pressing community needs in the following South Carolina Counties: [Counties where volunteers will serve]. [Name of organization] currently manages a total of [number of volunteers] that serves approximately [hours] annually.

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Outline your organization’s current volunteer engagement activities and how the organization would propose to use SC-VGF to further support or expand volunteer activities to address the community problem/need. If the project will fall under any of the funding priorities listed in the Notice of Funding Opportunity, please also specifically describe those activities.  

If applicable, the applicant will describe in detail their current volunteer program and how SC-VGF funds will be utilize to enhance of expand the organization’s current activities.

Describe the proposed project’s goals and objectives. The application should identify what community need(s) that is intended to be addressed through capacity building of volunteer programming in one or more of the eligible organizations.

Provide a timeline of events for your proposed project, including milestones and deliverables.

Describe the proposed roles of skills-based volunteers and how these volunteers will add value to the community being served by providing unique contributions to address the stated problem/need.

If the project will be used to support the use of volunteers during disaster events, please outline the proposed activities that these volunteers would participate in and how the organization will support them pre and post disaster.

Describe what additional skills, resources, or information that your organization hopes to gain as a result of participating in SC-VGF.

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Describe the organization’s capability to initiate and manage the proposed project.

Organizational Background and Staffing— Describe the organization’s experience, staffing, and management structure to initiative, implement, and report impact. As reminder, staff listed on the budget are subject background checks consistent with the standards of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Organizational Oversight— Describe the organization’s capability to provide fiscal compliance oversight. Describe the experience and infrastructure the organization has in managing similar projects, grants, day-to-day operational support, and collecting data. Briefly describe the role of any staff listed in the budget, as it pertains to the proposed program. Describe how the organization will prevent and detect compliance issues.

Describe the organization’s partnerships that will benefit this project and contribute to its success. Be sure to explain the role of partners and the intended outcome of their role in this project.

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You are required to upload your budget using the template provided in the instructions. Applicants should demonstrate they have developed a budget that is adequate to support the proposed project while remaining in compliance with federal standards and the overall goals of the VGF project. Grant Review Committee members will use the following criteria when reviewing grant budgets:
  • Are the costs included in the budget reasonable, prudent, and necessary in order to implement the proposed project?
  • Are the costs included in the budget directly associated with the organization's volunteer generation project and not related to other organizational activities that would fall outside of the scope of the VGF proposal?
  • Does the budget contain detailed and accurate calculations that clearly demonstrate how each funding request was determined?

All SC-VGF grantees will be required to document and report on the following performance measures.  Please indicate your organization’s target goals for the following criteria:

1)     As a result of receiving SC-VGF funds, [ number] of volunteers will be managed. 

As a result of receiving SC-VGF funds [ number] hours of service will be contributed by the volunteers who were managed. If applicable,  

3) As a result of receiving SC-VGF funds, [number] of organizations will receive capacity building services.

4) As a result of receiving SC-VGF funds, [number] of organizations will report that capacity building services provided helped make them to become more effective.

describe the system(s) that the organization will utilize to accurately track and report the data associated with the two criteria listed above.