Foster Grandparent Program
CSFA Number: 402-00-1458
Agency Name
Department On Aging (402)
Agency Identification
Agency Contact
Matt Wescott
Short Description
The purpose of the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) is to provide limited income seniors who are 55 years of age and older the opportunity to serve as one-on-one tutors and mentors to many young people who have special needs in our schools. Forster Grandparents are role models, mentors, and friends to children with exceptional needs. FGP volunteers have developed a lifetime of skills, talents, experience and work ethic that makes them a valuable resource in their communities.
Subject Area
Human Services
Program Function
Community Development
Enabling Legislation
Since 1965, the Federal government and the State of Illinois have partnered to provide funding for the eleven (11) Foster Grandparent Programs in Illinois through the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Illinois Department on Aging. Volunteers work in...
Objectives and Goals
Foster Grandparents serve from 15 to 40 hours per week in locations including schools, hospitals, juvenile correctional institutions, daycare facilities or Head Start centers. Volunteers receive per-service orientation, training from the organization where they serve, supplemental accident and liability insurance, and meals while on duty. Volunteers who meet certain income guidelines also receive a small stipend.
Types of Assistance
Formula Grants
Uses and Restrictions
This program is used as matching funds to match federal funds that are provided by the Corporation for National and Community Services.
Eligibility Requirements
The purpose of the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) is to engage persons 55 years and older in volunteer service to meet critical community needs through our schools, not-for-profit faith-based agencies, Head Start, Early Head Start, and early childhood learning centers. Foster Grandparents serve as one-on-one as tutors and mentors to more than 5,500 young people who are "at-risk" or have special needs. Without the release of these state funds, the State of Illinois could lose federal funds since the state funding is primarily used to match federal funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Eligible Applicants
Application and Award Processing
"FGP volunteers get involved to...
•tutor students
•feel productive
•give something back to their community

Assistance Consideration
To be a volunteer in the Foster Grandparents Program, you must...
•be at least 55 years of age;
•meet certain income eligibility requirements;
•love children; and
•be willing to volunteer 20 hours a week.
Post Assistance Requirements
Final report is due 30 days after the close of the fiscal year.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
FGP Hankdbook and the Federal Regulations, published in Title 45, Chapter XXV, Part 2552, of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $381,264
FY 2018 : $241,400
FY 2019 : $241,400
FY 2020 : $241,400
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
FGP2109City of Chicago - 50 Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS)07/01/202006/30/202136,582
FGP2110One Hope United07/01/202006/30/202126,989
FGP2102Tri-County Opportunities Council07/01/202006/30/202124,716
FGP2104Senior Services Plus, Inc.07/01/202006/30/202123,811