Interested in Hosting a MCNW VISTA?

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Our Request For Proposals (RFP) is now open for organizations that are interested in hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA member for the March 2020-2021 service year. 

 

Deadline for applications is October 18th, 2019. Organizations are encouraged to apply early, as we accept sites and recruit VISTA members on a rolling basis. Organizations are highly encouraged to contact VISTA Program Supervisor, Olivia Rasmussen prior to submitting a full application to discuss the potential project.

View the RFP and application instructions here:

MCNW VISTA Program RFP March 2020-21 Cohort

Complete the application by downloading the form here:

VISTA Project Application March 2020-21 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 & job training
    • Microenterprise
    • Asset development (including IDA programs)
    • Financial literacy
    • Community development initiatives
    • Disaster preparedness
  • 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 September 1 and due mid-October for sites that will commence in March. Another RFP is opened February 1 and due by April 1 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, asset building, or distaster services and interested in developing a VISTA project for your organizations, please contact:

Olivia Rasmussen
VISTA Program Supervisor
Phone: (503) 896-5094
Email: orasmussen@mercycorps.org

See our CURRENT VISTA SITES for more information on our current project partners.