Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Community Care Corps?
The Community Care Corps is a new grant program that will fund and evaluate local models designed to place volunteers in communities to assist caregivers, older adults, and persons with disabilities in maintaining independence by providing non-medical care in home-based or community–based settings.
What exactly are you funding?
We are funding innovative local models across the country to use volunteers to provide non-medical assistance to older adults, persons with disabilities, and family caregivers. We will consider funding new programs and expansions of current programs.
What are you trying to accomplish with the Community Care Corps?
Community Care Corps funds are intended to increase the number of volunteer programs available at the local level to provide non-medical care to older adults, persons with disabilities, and their caregivers. We are also trying to determine which local models work best so that ultimately a national volunteer care corps could be developed.
What is the definition of a "Family Caregiver"?
The term “family caregiver” means an unpaid family member, foster parent, friend, neighbor or other unpaid adult who provides in-home monitoring, management, supervision, or treatment of a child or adult with a special need, such as a disease, disability, or the frailties of old age.
Are there requirements that will have to be met?
Yes. There are several requirements that must be met. The local model volunteer programs must:
Serve at least one of the three target populations (family caregivers; persons age 60 and older; adults with disabilities).
Be delivered in home or community-based (non-institutional) settings.
Provided services in coordination with a family caregiver, if applicable.
Recruit and train volunteers who are age 18 and older and pass a required criminal background check.
Do not provide medical, administrative or financial services.
Report regularly to us on outputs and outcomes through the use of reporting instruments that we will provide.
Survey the recipients of the volunteer services using surveys we will provide.
When will the grants be awarded?
We plan to make awards to successful grantees in July 2020.
How long is the grant period?
The grant period will be for 12 months (anticipated starting on or about August 1, 2020).
In response to the new FY-2020 federal budget, which did not fund Community Care Corps, we had to modify the RFP. Grant periods will only be 12 months. This is a change from the RFP sections 1.2.3. and 8.2.1. where we state that we will consider applications for grants to fund models lasting between 12-18 months. We are unable to fund ramp up periods or allow no cost extensions.
How do we keep our program going after the grant period?
Local entities should provide plans for project sustainability. We will provide technical assistance on ways to sustain your local model. Stronger sustainability plans will receive preference in the review process, but proposals without strong sustainability plans will not be disqualified solely on that factor.
How will we report our results
We will provide you with report forms to use to regularly report to us on both outputs and outcomes.
Outputs may include: number of older adults and/or adults with disabilities assisted with non-medical care; number of family caregivers assisted with non-medical care; types of non-medical volunteer services provided (scope of services); methods of identifying individual clients’ needs; method of matching volunteers with individual clients; volunteer training curricula and requirements; etc.
Outcomes may include: functional status; mental well-being; confidence in sustaining in-home care; ability to live independently; caregiver stress; program relevance; and program satisfaction. These outcomes will be measured in two separate audiences: 1) older adults or person with disabilities receiving direct service from a volunteer caregiver; and 2) family caregivers receiving direct service from a volunteer or receiving respite. All persons receiving volunteer services will be asked to complete a user-friendly outcome survey.
What about personal identifying information?
We do not require or need you to collect personal identifying information (PII) from those receiving volunteer services; nor do we foresee any need for local model volunteer programs to collect PII. However, if you do collect PII you will be required to keep such data secure.
Are residents living in assisted living communities eligible to recieve services related to this grant?
Will Community Care Corps require successful applicants to carry liability insurance for volunteers before starting a local model as a grantee?
Yes. Successful grantees will need to show proof of volunteer liability insurance coverage before they sign their contract with Oasis and receive their grant funds. Grantees will be required to carry a minimum general policy of $1 million for each occurrence and $2 million aggregate, which covers volunteers. If applicable, automobile liability coverage should be included in coverage too. Grantees are expected to comply with all applicable federal and state laws concerning insurance coverage.
How do Community Care Corps volunteers differ from paid home care workers and other professionals providing services to help older adults and people with disabilities who live independently in the community?
The Community Care Corps program is an opportunity for community organizations to use volunteers to address some of the gaps in existing basic supports for family caregivers, older adults, and people with disabilities. Community Care Corps will not replace the important services that the paid home care workforce and other professionals provide to help individuals live independently in the community. Notably, Community Care Corps volunteers will not provide medical assistance or professional health care services.
If our organization cannot generate an independent audit, what other financial documents can we provide as an alternative?
We will accept, as an alternative, either a recent financial statement prepared internally or a current IRS Form 990. Organizations that have or can secure an independent audit report or review should please do so. We added this information in the application portal where we ask you to upload an audit report.
In light of the recent Covid-19 Pandemic, what happens if we are unable to carry out our proposed local model?
At this point, we don't know how or to what extent COVID- 19 will affect us in the coming months. The Community Care Corps leadership team, working with Administration for Community Living, will continue to monitor the situation the best we can and are prepared to work with grantees to implement whatever changes may need to be made to their proposed model in order to adapt to this current health crisis.