MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA Host Campus RFP Now Open

Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC), in partnership with the Massachusetts state office of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is accepting proposals to host MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA members for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Deadline for Intent to Apply: March 28, 2014

Deadline for proposals: April 25, 2014

MACC VISTA Program

MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA members build capacity for campus and school/community partnerships to address the educational needs of children in underperforming schools and low-income communities. Over the past 17 years, MACC AmeriCorps*VISTAs have served 64 colleges and universities and hundreds of organizations in their surrounding communities.

In 2014-2015, MACC VISTA members will build capacity for campus/school/community partnerships that are aligned with one or more of the following CNCS Education objectives:

  • School readiness for economically disadvantaged pre-school aged children.
  • K-12 success for students in low-achieving elementary, middle, and high schools.
  • Post-secondary success for economically disadvantaged students.

Host Eligibility

Proposals must be submitted by a MACC member institution of higher education in partnership with 1-2 identified school or community-based organization partners. Due to the high demand for AmeriCorps*VISTA support, MACC discourages multiple applications from any one institution. Campuses that have never accessed MACC VISTA resources or who have not hosted a MACC VISTA in the past 5 years are encouraged to apply. MACC member campuses located in the same geographic area may apply jointly for one or more positions in partnership with 1-2 community-based partners per position.

Campuses that currently host a MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA may apply for renewal of the current partnership for up to 3 years. Awards are made on an annual basis and are not guaranteed. The most competitive renewal applications will show strong plans for sustainability and incremental plans for cost sharing.

Application Process

Campuses must notify MACC if they intend to submit a proposal by no later than 5:00 pm EST on March 28, 2014. To submit a brief Intent to Apply form, click here.

Full proposals are due April 25, 2014.

Application assistance sessions will be held on Monday, March 24, at 45 Temple Place in downtown Boston from 1-4 pm and Tuesday, March 25, 9:30 am-12pm at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley. Please register by emailing Karen Chisholm directly at karen.chisholm@tufts.edu. More information about the location will be sent to those who register.

Further questions regarding the MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA program or this application may be directed to Karen Chisholm, Director, MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA Program (617) 553-5531 or karen.chisholm@tufts.edu

For the full RFP, including proposal guidelines and the types of partnership activities the MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA program can support, click here.