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Project Host Site Applications for the Florida Campus Compact (FL|CC) VISTA Initiative are now available for new and renewing Project Host Sites for the 2013-2014 program year! Download a Project Host Site Application or contact AmeriCorps Program staff at FL|CC by calling 850-488-7782.

The FL|CC VISTA Initiative allows Florida colleges and universities and community-based organizations the opportunity to recruit a full-time VISTA member (subject to available funding from the Corporation for National & Community Service). FL|CC VISTA members work to combat poverty through leveraging higher education resources to build the capacity of local non-profit organizations and through recruiting and training college students to provide college access mentoring for youth. Project Host Site Applications are due to Laryn Flikkema, Director of FL|CC AmeriCorps Programs, by January 18, 2013. If you have any questions about the application process please review the FAQs below or feel free to contact us.

Timeline

• Dec. 7, 2012Request for Proposals released
• Dec. 13, 20122pm to 4pm web-based Site Supervisor Webinar
• Dec. 18, 201210am to 12pm web-based Site Supervisor Webinar
• Jan. 8, 20132pm to 4pm web-based Site Supervisor Webinar
• Jan. 10, 201310am to 12pm web-based Site Supervisor Webinar
Jan. 18, 2013Host Site Applications due to FL|CC
• Jan. 22, 2013Host Site Applications sent out for external review
• Feb. 1, 2013Award notifications, MOUs & Cost-Share Commitment forms sent out
• Feb. 15, 20132012-2013 MOUs & Cost-Share Commitments due back to FL|CC
• Mar./Apr. 2013Cost-share invoices and payments due
• Apr. 21, 20132013-2014 grant year begins

*Note: It is only necessary to participate in one of the trainings offered on December 13 at 2:00pm, December 18 at 10:00am, January 8 at 2:00pm, or January 10 at 10:00am. Please register to indicate which training you will be attending by completing a brief survey. To connect to the webinar go to http://www.anymeeting.com/FLCC1 prior to the scheduled start time (Guest Access Code: 525 2548, call-in number is 213-416-1560). Content covered at each training will be similar; application credit will also be equivalent. Contact the FL|CC office at 850-488-7782 with any questions. Participation is not required if already attended the VISTA Supervisor training at the November 2012 CSD Retreat in Tampa.

FAQs

Q: Who can apply to become an FL|CC VISTA Project Host Site?

FL|CC member colleges and universities in Florida and community-based organizations, in partnership with an FL|CC member institution, are invited to apply.

Q: My institution/organization currently hosts an FL|CC VISTA member; do we need complete the 2013-2014 VISTA Project Host Site Application?

Yes, all institutions whether applying for the first time or renewing must complete the 2013-14 Project Host Site Application. New applications are necessary to ensure that VISTA placements focus on updated FL|CC/VISTA/CNCS programming priorities and focus areas.

Q: How does my organization benefit from participating as a VISTA Project Host Site?

  • Your organization receives the opportunity to recruit a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA member(s) to engage students in civic engagement activities that build capacity for communities to ameliorate issues related to low-income communities and poverty. Subject to continued availability of CNCS funding and available Pre-Service Orientation dates.
  • AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a monthly/annual living allowance of approximately $11,000, healthcare, a post service education award $5,550 or a cash stipend of $1, 500 upon completion of a year of service.


Q: Will I get guidance throughout the year about the VISTA program?

Yes, The FL|CC VISTA Initiative and the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) provide the following:
  • Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) for VISTA members (costs are covered by CNCS).
  • In-Service Training (IST) for the VISTA member(s) during their term of service.
  • Oversight and coordination of the FL|CC VISTA Initiative through the FL|CC VISTA Director and VISTA Leader.
  • Site visits when appropriate to provide technical assistance.
  • Other technical assistance as needed to Project Host Sites and VISTA members.
  • Assistance with recruitment and selection of VISTA members.
  • Management of health coverage and payroll for VISTA members.


Q: What costs does the Project Host Site need to cover?

  • Travel reimbursement to VISTA for any project-related travel.
  • In-kind office requirements: office space, desk, computer, phone line, email, etc.
  • There are other in-kind donations such as housing or housing assistance, opportunities for professional development, recreation pass for on-campus fitness facilities, etc. These items are not required, but are encouraged as they drastically increase the number and quality of VISTA applicants.
  • Project Participation Fee to FL|CC, as outlined in Project Host Application/RFP. Estimated to be $3,000 to $3,500 per VISTA slot awarded for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The Project Participation Fee covers match requirements to CNCS and helps off-set administrative expenses for the project. It is non-refundable.


Q: How will Project Host Site Applications be reviewed and approved?

Project Host Site Applications will be reviewed in part using outside reviewers mostly comprised of Campus Compact staff from states outside of Florida. Reviewers will use the criteria outlined on the Reviewers Score Sheet which is provided as part of the application Resources Guide. Project Host Site Applications receiving an average score of 70 or below will not be considered. To ensure that VISTA resources are placed in as many communities as possible, FL|CC will also give consideration to approving Project Host Site applications from diverse FL|CC stakeholders including community colleges, state colleges and universities, independent colleges, and community-based organizations that partner with an FL|CC member institution.

Q: How can I best utilize my VISTA?

A VISTA member should be used to enable a campus to address a need(s) with in the community that would otherwise not be accomplished due to lack of time, resources, energy or structural conduciveness. Once the need has been identified the host site can structure the VISTA's Assignment Description to best build the capacity of a program or initiative that will continue to address the need after the VISTA project has ended.

Q: What resources are available to help complete the 2013-2014 Project Host Application?

You are strongly encouraged to review the Resource Guide for a sample VISTA Assignment Description, Position Description, Reviewers Score Sheet and additional guidance and instructions. Also review the draft Memorandum of Understanding. You may also contact the FL|CC office at any time for additional technical assistance.

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