These grants support eligible organizations to hire Senior Corps members to work on evidence based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. Senior Corps members are individuals over the age of 55 who engage in community service through an approved national service position. They bring their skills and experience to help organizations tackle a diverse range of activities.

Applications for RSVP Senior Corps grants must focus on one of the program’s priority areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, or veterans and military families.


Local, state and tribal governments; nonprofits; institutions of higher education

Role In Creative Placemaking

These grants could support staffing for organizations engaged in creative or culturally focused community revitalization.


Variable up to 30%


Community Teamwork, Inc. – Lowell, MA

RSVP+ Program – Rapid City, SD

Role in Creative Placemaking

This section represents our attempt to capture how this specific funding opportunity might fit into a placemaking initiative.


Who can apply? Eligibility is often limited, but in partnership with other entities you may identify an access point, such as subgrant opportunities. This information can help you determine which potential partners in your community might be able to access the funds.

Previous Projects/Grantees

These examples show how these funds have been used for creative or placemaking endeavors in the past, the types of organizations that have successfully accessed the funds and/or the types of activities for which the funds can be used.

Max Award

Maximum funding amounts can vary from year to year. We have provided the most recent information available. Where available, we also include a median or a range in cases in which the maximum is not typical of an average award.

Match Requirement

Most federal programs require some form of cost sharing. This is expressed differently for different agencies and programs. Sometimes a direct 1:1 match is specified. Other times, the application will state the maximum percentage of a project cost that the funding award can cover. We include this information, where available, in order to give you a sense of what to expect when applying for a particular funding program.


Most federal funding programs will require financial and progress reports at least annually, along with a final report. We consider this to be a "moderate" compliance burden. Where a higher degree of data collection and reporting is indicated, we convey that information with a "substantial" rating.