The overall investment depends on how many schools or service sites you intend to operate and what internal resources you can commit to the program. After that, host staffing structure and growth plans drive operating costs.
AARP Foundation does not fund programs directly but may provide limited funds by sub-granting funding to host agencies. Our federal funding includes AmeriCorps and Department of Justice grants, and sub-grants are made on a competitive basis to programs in good standing.
The primary role of the AARP Foundation Experience Corps national office is to support local communities as they build and strengthen their programs. We do this by providing multiple types of support, including training and start-up consultation, organizational development support, communications and marketing support, branded materials, access to a network of experts, and an annual national meeting. Additional resources include guidance in volunteer recruitment, fund development and access to AARP state office support.
Your agency or city leadership would be the first place to start to discuss fit and the ability to support and sustain the program for the long term. We build partnerships with local nonprofits when mission alignment and organizational capacity are conducive to program success.
When considering a prospective host agency, we consider several factors.