Seeking Campus Compact VISTA Host Sites

November 22, 2019

Campus Compact is pleased to release the Request for Host Site Proposals for the 2020-2021 AmeriCorps VISTA program. This RFP is for member campuses in the states of CT, IL, KS, MA, MI, NE, RI, SD, VA and WI.

Campus Compact member campuses from the states listed above are eligible to apply under this program as well as school and non-profit organizations that partner with one or more Campus Compact member campuses. Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA members are leveraged to build the capacity of higher education institutions and their partners to contribute to programs and organizations focused on improving the lives of individuals who live in poverty.

Host site applications must address one of the following focus areas:

  • Education: school readiness, k-12 success, college access & success, STEM, and/or career & Technical Education
  • Economic Opportunity: employment/ workforce development, and/or bridging the digital divide
  • Healthy Futures: food security and opioid addiction prevention/recovery, and/or access to healthcare
  • Veterans and Military Families: education, economic opportunity, and/or healthy futures

    Applications are due January 15, 2020 and the 2020-2021 cohort of VISTAs will begin on July 20, 2020 (Northeast) and August 3, 2020 (Midwest).

    Campus Compact is an intermediary AmeriCorps VISTA sponsor through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). For the 2020-21 program year, Campus Compact anticipates 70 AmeriCorps VISTA members. The application process is competitive and awards under the Campus Compact VISTA program are subject to appropriations and approval from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Founded in 1965, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) is a federal anti-poverty program. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of national service programs, housed at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

AmeriCorps VISTA supports efforts to alleviate poverty by providing opportunities for Americans 18 years and older from a diverse range of backgrounds to dedicate a year of full-time service with a sponsoring organization to create or expand programs designed to empower individuals and communities in overcoming poverty.

Campus Compact, through the AmeriCorps VISTA program, seeks to activate higher education institutions and their partners to work together to make an impact on poverty in their local communities. Host sites and their partners will leverage a VISTA member to build capacity for high impact programs, organizational approaches and collective impact efforts focused on low income individuals in one of the following areas: education, healthy futures, economic opportunity, and Veterans/military families. VISTA projects are developed in accordance with AmeriCorps VISTA’s core principles: an antipoverty focus, community empowerment, sustainable solutions and capacity building. The Campus Compact VISTA program is a passionate cohort of 70 individuals dedicated to community development, service and making an impact on poverty.

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