17.235 Title V Senior Community Service Employment Program
CSFA Number: 402-01-0023
Agency Name
Department On Aging (402)
Agency Identification
Agency Contact
Christopher Rogers
Short Description
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department on Aging that serves unemployed low income persons who are 55 years of age and older and who have poor employment prospects by training them in part-time community service assignments and by assisting them in developing skills and experience to facilitate their transition to unsubsidized employment.

Placing older individuals in community service positions strengthens the ability of the individuals to become self-sufficient, provides needed support to organizations that benefit from increased civic engagement, and strengthens the communities that are served by such organizations.
Subject Area
Human Services
Program Function
Community Development
Enabling Legislation
Older Americans Act of 2016 Unless otherwise stipulated
Objectives and Goals
The purpose of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is to foster economic self-sufficiency, provide career skills training, and promote useful part-time employment through community service assignments. SCSEP is a job-skills training program that helps unemployed, low-income seniors (ages 55 and over) re-enter the workforce. Participants gain work experience at host agencies on a part-time basis.
Types of Assistance
Direct Payments for Specific Use
Uses and Restrictions
Organizations that receive grants use the funds to create and pay for part-time community service training positions for unemployed persons age 55 and above whose income is at or below 125 percent of the poverty level. The individuals who are enrolled may be trained in work assignments at local 501(c)(3) non-profit or government agencies. A portion of the funds may be used to provide participants with classroom training and supportive services. Participants may not train in projects involving political activities, sectarian activities, nor may participants displace any employed worker or perform work which impairs existing contracts for service. Each local project is required to coordinate its activities with local Workforce Investment Act projects and One-Stop Career Centers and the State Office of the Aging. The amount of Federal funds expended for enrollee wages and fringe benefits shall be no less than 75 percent of the grant (20 CFR Section 641.873) except in those instances in which a grantee has requested, and DOL has approved such request, to use not less than 65 percent of the grant funds to pay for participant wage and fringe benefits so as to use up to an additional 10 percent of grant funds for participant training and supportive services (42 USC 3056(c)(6)(C)(i)). The amount of Federal funds expended for the costs of administration during the program year shall be no more than 13.5 percent of the grant (20 CFR Section 641.867(a)). A waiver of this requirement to increase administrative expenditures to 15 percent may be granted by the Secretary of Labor (20 CFR Section 641.867(b)). Grantees are required to negotiate share in infrastructure cost with required local partners in accordance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Final Rule 20 CFR 679.370(k). The Secretary of Labor may reserve up to 1.5 percent of annual appropriation for pilots, demonstration, and evaluation activities and related technical assistance.
Eligibility Requirements
Persons 55 years or older whose family is low-income (income does not exceed the low-income standards defined in 20 CFR Section 641.507) are eligible for enrollment (20 CFR Section 641.500). Low-income means an income of the family which, during the preceding 6 months on an annualized basis or the actual income during the preceding 12 months (whichever method is more favorable to the individual) is not more than 125 percent of the poverty levels established and periodically updated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (42 USC 3056(a)(1)). The poverty guidelines are issued each year in the Federal Register and the Department of Health and Human Services maintains the poverty guidelines at http://www.aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.shtml. Enrollee eligibility is redetermined on an annual basis (20 CFR Section 641.505).
Eligible Applicants
Application and Award Processing
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. National nonprofit organizations are required under Section 502(d) of the Older Americans Act to submit an application to the state agency, in addition to the Department of Labor. The Office of Workforce Investment in the Employment and Training Administration will provide information concerning proper application, format, and content and furnish standard application forms. Governors may comment on SCSEP grant proposals prior to award and may make recommendations to the Secretary of Labor to improve the distribution of SCSEP services.Awards are made directly to eligible applicants by the Employment and Training Administration of the Department of Labor.
Assistance Consideration
Funding is provided annually. The program year runs from July 1 to June 30. The Secretary has the authority to extend the period of performance under specified conditions. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Post Assistance Requirements
The Annual Equitable Distribution Report and the Four Year Strategic State Plan (for state grantees only), to be reviewed and updated no less frequently than every two years. Quarterly Financial Status Report (ETA 9130). The Quarterly Progress Report (QPR). QPRs are generated by the SCSEP Performance and Results QPR (SPARQ) system located within the Department of Labor based on participant data entered by grantees into the SPARQ on-line system. Quarterly Financial Status Report (ETA 9130). Unless otherwise stipulated, permitted applicant organizational costs will be determined in accordance with the Uniform Guidance and DOL Exceptions. All SCSEP grantees are required to enter data in the SCSEP Performance and Results QPR (SPARQ) online system to generate the Quarterly Progress Reports (QPRs). Federal Project Officers conduct quarterly desk reviews and on-site reviews as needed. Performance is evaluated annually.In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.Normally to be retained by the grant or contract recipient for a three-year period following the completion of the grant or contract. Grantees are required to submit participant data via high-speed Internet access to a DOL-sponsored data collection system (SPARQ).
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
20 CFR 641; Training and Employment Guidance Letters, Training and Employment Notices, previously issued Older Worker Bulletins that are still in effect and other SCSEP directives.
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2016 : $3,017,532
FY 2017 : $3,189,129
FY 2018 : $3,074,614
FY 2019 : $4,000,000
FY 2020 : $4,000,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
DetailsTV2020$34558 - $115422306/10/2019 - 07/16/2019 : 10:00 am
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
V2012ANATIONAL ABLE NETWORK INC10/01/201906/30/20201,642,752
V2012CHICAGO DEPT OF FAMILY & SUPPO10/01/201906/30/2020559,087