Our Request For Proposals (RFP) is now open for organizations that are interested in hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA member for the service year of August 2019- August 2020.
Deadline for applications is April 15, 2019. Organizations are encouraged to apply early, as we accept sites and recruit VISTA members on a rolling basis. Organizations are recommended to contact VISTA Program Supervisor, Olivia Rasmussen prior to submitting a full application to discuss the potential project.
Access the RFP and apply here: MCNW VISTA Program RFP August 2019 -2020 Cohort
Guidelines for Potential VISTA Host Sites:
Potential partnering organizations must be one of the following:
- Public, private, or faith-based nonprofit organization (must have 501c3 status)
- Local, state, or federal agency
- Tribal government
**For-profit entities—even those that are active in the community and/or are designated as a social enterprise—are not eligible to apply for a VISTA. We encourage you to connect with our business development services team if you would like support in expanding your business.
VISTA projects must focus on expanding economic opportunity through one of the following program areas:
- Housing access & affordable housing
- Homeless Services
- Workforce development
- Asset development (including IDA programs)
- Financial literacy
- Community development initiatives
Organizations must have a focus on fighting poverty in the community as VISTAs are not to be used for the purposes of providing general services; they may only focus on poverty alleviation.
Organizations will be asked to clearly demonstrate how their proposed VISTA programs address systemic rather than immediate needs.
Sites must be willing to follow all federal regulations concerning the VISTA program, one of which is a prohibition on members performing direct service.
Members cannot replace staff or fill a position that was recently vacated by staff.
Host organizations must provide a physical office location, substantial supervision, adequate organizational infrastructure, and all materials necessary to completing the VISTA project.
Most years, we require a cash match of between $7,000 and $9,000. We endeavor to keep our match as low as possible while ensuring a high-quality experience for our members.
We operate two recruitment cycles. Our Request For Proposal (RFP) is typically released August and due by mid-September for sites that will commence in February/March. Another RFP is opened in March and due by mid-April for sites that will commence in late August.
If you are a qualified agency with a project focused on economic development, housing, job skills training, or asset building, and interested in developing a VISTA project for your organizations, please contact:
VISTA Program Supervisor
Phone: (503) 896-5094
See our CURRENT VISTA SITES for more information on our current project partners.