Federal Register: October 12, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 196)
DOCID: FR Doc 04-22951
CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
Corporation for National and Community Service
CFR Citation: 45 CFR Chapter XXV
NOTICE: PROPOSED RULES
ACTION: Grants and cooperative agreements; availability, etc.:
DOCUMENT ACTION: Request for comments and notice of meetings.
Notice Inviting Preliminary Informal Public Input in Advance of Learn and Serve America Program Changes
DATES: Please submit written input to the Corporation as soon as possible. We will consider input as we begin consideration of possible revisions to the Learn and Serve America guidelines, provisions and regulations and during the drafting of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. In addition, the Corporation will hold two tollfree conference calls and two public input meetings. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for conference call and input meeting information.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (the Corporation) invites the public to share its views during two scheduled conference calls and two scheduled public meetings on issues related to Learn and Serve America. In response to Executive Order 13331, the Corporation's Board of Directors Grants Management Task Force Report, and in preparation for the expected round of new funding in 2006, Learn and Serve America is considering combining grant guidelines, provisions, and regulations into a single, streamlined document. We are interested in public views about the future of Learn and Serve America programs and the ways in which those programs have an impact on students, communities, and the institutions that operate programs. Some issues under consideration include: Learn and Serve America grant selection criteria, intensity and duration of a participant's community service, the role of Learn and Serve America grantees within Unified State Plans, timing and substance of Learn and Serve America grant applications, and definitions of key terms. The Corporation is also interested in receiving input on allowable subgrant types, project expenditures, performance indicators and evaluation requirements, grantee reporting, intergenerational participation, and program sustainability and institutionalization.
Learn and Serve America Program; input request prior to changes; conference calls and public meetings,
For more information on the Corporation, please visit our Web site at http://www.nationalservice.org. When providing oral or written input on the issues outlined above, please especially consider the following questions:
Leveraging Corporation assistance: How can we ensure that as many educational institutions as possible realize the benefits of community servicelearning through the programs and services of the Corporation, and in general improve the cost effectiveness and efficiency of Corporation grants and technical assistance? Should we grant competitive preferences to organizations that have never before received Learn and Serve America funds? How should these questions apply to grantees that operate local programs directly and to grantees that provide subgrants to others to operate local programs?
Sustainability and institutionalization: How can the Corporation ensure that appropriate steps are being taken to build servicelearning into the fabric of the educational or community organization? How can we ensure that Learn and Serve America grantee and subgrantee programs can continue to be successful without Federal support? What are appropriate components of grantee ``sustainability plans?'' How should these questions apply to grantees that operate local programs directly; to grantees that provide subgrants to others to operate local programs?
Focusing on community needs: How can the Corporation ensure that Federal funds are used most effectively to meet community needs and that all Learn and Serve America participants make a positive impact on community problems and needs?
Duration and Intensity of service: What policies should be adopted concerning the intensity (i.e., service hours per time period) and duration of community service expected of Learn and Serve America participants?
Selection Criteria: What criteria should the Corporation use in selecting grantees in its competitive Learn and Serve America programs? Should Learn and Serve America have two sets of grant application and selection criteria: one for consortia and grant intermediaries (State Education Agencies, Grant Making Entities, and Higher Education Consortia), and one for local programs? If so, what should such separate criteria include?
Subgrants: What policies should govern subgranting? Should there be limits on duration or on type of subgrant? How many levels of subgranting should be allowed?
Grant application and process: For how many months before
commencing or continuing a project does a grantee need to know that its
application is approved? For how many months before commencing or
continuing a project does a grantee need to know that its grant is
awarded? What is a reasonable amount of time needed to prepare an
application? In general, how can the Corporation simplify and
streamline its grant application documents and processes? In particular, can we
simplify the application and process for the second and third year grant continuations?
Definitions: How should we define ``community needs?'' How should we define a Learn and Serve America ``participant'' for elementary/ secondary education and for higher education programs? How should we define a ``service hour?'' How should we clarify the definition of ``youth and adult volunteers'' who provide service along with Learn and Serve America program participants? How should we define a ``subgrantee?'' Should Grant Making Entities (grantees that must serve multiple states in order to be eligible for funding) be defined as providing service in two or more states from the beginning of the grant, or prospectively at any point during the grant period? Should this definition be the same for Schoolbased and Communitybased grantee organizations?
Teacher Education Grants: Should we require that Learn and Serve America grantee teacher education programs prepare prospective teachers to use servicelearning in their classroom/teaching practices?
Intergenerational Activities: How should the Corporation promote the use of servicelearning practices and models that utilize multiple generations? For example, should we require that Learn and Serve America higher education programs serving children include a component in which children serve with higher education student participants?
Adult and Youth Volunteers: How should the Corporation promote the recruitment of adult and youth volunteers who work with Learn and Serve America participant students in meeting community needs? How should we encourage the participation of adult volunteers who have particular expertise in meeting the community needs focused on by the Learn and Serve America projects? How should we encourage the participation of elementary/secondary student participants' family members?
Community Organization Partnerships: What steps should the Corporation take to strengthen the role of community organizations as partners in Learn and Serve America projects? What steps should we take to promote greater participation of faithbased and small community organizations?
Project Expenditures: Should Learn and Serve America grantees be required to include evaluation funding in their project budgets, along with stipulation of the scope and method of evaluations? Should we require that web conferencing capabilities be included in the grant budget?
Performance measures and evaluation: How can the Corporation and its Learn and Serve America grantees ensure that all Learn and Serve America programs are setting and achieving appropriate, measurable performance outcome goals? Should we require that Learn and Serve America grantees and subgrantees establish and meet a common set of outcome measures? How can the Corporation ensure that its grantees regularly and effectively evaluate their servicelearning programs?
Unified State Plans: What role, if any, should Learn and Serve America grantees and subgrantees play within the Corporation's Unified State Plans? How should Learn and Serve America grantees and subgrantees be encouraged to participate in Unified State Plans and statewide service conferences?
Conference Calls and Public Input Meetings
The Corporation is planning two conference calls and two public
input meetings in October. Please check our National ServiceLearning
Clearinghouse Web site at http://www.servicelearning.org for further
information regarding these conference calls and public input meetings or contact Pat Carpenter at (202) 6065000, ext. 209
firstname.lastname@example.org). Conference Calls
October 1410:30 a.m.
October 153:30 p.m.
To register for the calls, please contact Pat Carpenter at
email@example.com. The time for both calls is eastern time. Public Input Meetings
October 13 from 24 p.m. Rabb Room, University College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University, Medford, MA.
October 14 from noon2 p.m. One Dupont Circle, Conference Room C, Level 1B, Washington, DC.
The time for both meetings is eastern time. We strongly encourage you to attend in person if you are in the Boston and DC areas, and ask that you RSVP to Pat Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dated: October 7, 2004.
Frank R. Trinity,
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
For further information about the substance of this notice or to request this notice in an alternative format for the visually impaired, contact Amy Cohen at (202) 6065000, ext. 484; email@example.com. For further information about the conference calls, please refer to our National ServiceLearning Clearinghouse Web site at http://www.servicelearning.org. or call Pat Carpenter at (202) 6065000, ext. 209; firstname.lastname@example.org. The TDD/TTY number is (800) 8333722.