On Monday, February 2nd, President Obama released his $4.006 trillion FY 2016 budget proposal. Overall, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) did very well in the President’s budget, with a proposal for $1.18 billion, which is a 12 percent increase from the FY15 level. Both Senior Corps and the Foster Grandparents were proposed with level funding from FY15, at $202.1 million and $107.7 respectively.
Unlike the President’s FY15 budget proposal, there was no proposed language in the FY16 budget to transition Senior Corps into an AmeriCorps-type program. This was a direct result of the lobbying activity the three Senior Corps programs engaged in with the Congress and the Administration last year to fight against this proposal.
The FY16 CNCS budget proposes a new program called the Encore Initiative. The Encore Initiative provides for more than 4,000 member positions for seniors. In addition to engaging retired Americans as AmeriCorps members to help solve community service challenges, Encore will provide an opportunity for current evidence-based Senior Corps Foster Grandparent Program and Senior Companion Program grantees to expand their programs through AmeriCorps funding. Additionally, the CNCS budget includes language to promote evidence-based models within Senior Corps, as well as proposes to introduce competition to the Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions programs.
As a reminder, the President’s budget proposal is a start to the conversation about FY16 funding, but is far from final. Once Congress reviews the President’s budget, it will begin to work on its FY16 appropriations bills. NAFGPD will be in Washington, D.C. next week to meet with appropriations staff on the Hill to get their thoughts on the President’s proposed budget and to weigh in on funding and policy initiatives for FY16 of importance to the Foster Grandparent program.
Thank you for your hard work and dedication to FGP!
Welcome to our newest NAFGPD Board members beginning their term January 1, 2015:
Lisa Jenkins, Atlantic Cluster Representative
Jeanette Devore, North Central Cluster Alternate
Sabrina Tolson, Pacific Cluster Alternate