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AmeriCorps State and National Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and IHEs to
Support Volunteer Staff Providing Community Services

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

Conf. Date:

11/13/19

Deadline Date:

01/08/20 5:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and IHEs to support volunteer staff members carrying out a broad range of community services. State applicants must contact state commissions prior to applying, and applicants from South Dakota must contact the Funding Source. Grants are intended to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities.

An AmeriCorps member is an individual who engages in community service through an approved national service position. Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service, members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust that members can use to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans.

CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in:

  • Economic Opportunity: Evidence-based interventions on the CNCS Evidence Exchange. In order to qualify for this priority, the applicant must be assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence by the reviewers. Or increasing economic opportunities for communities by preparing people for the workforce
  • Education: Evidence-based interventions on the CNCS Evidence Exchange. In order to qualify for this priority, the applicant must be assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence by the reviewers. 
  • Healthy Futures: Evidence-based interventions on the CNCS Evidence Exchange. In order to qualify for this priority, the applicant must be assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence by the reviewers. Or reducing and/or preventing prescription drug opioid abuse.
  • Veterans and Military Families: Positively impacting the quality of life of veterans and improving military family strength.
  • Rural intermediaries: Organizations that demonstrate measurable impact and primarily serve rural communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure.
  • Faith-based organizations.

To receive priority consideration, applicants must show that the priority area is a significant part of the program focus and intended outcomes, and must include a high-quality program design. Proposing programs that receive priority consideration does not guarantee funding. 

All applications must include at least one aligned performance measure (output and outcome) that corresponds to the proposed primary intervention. This may be a National Performance Measure or an applicant-determined measure. Additional performance measures, including output-only National Performance Measures, may also be included if desired; however, all performance measures must be consistent with the program’s Theory of Change and represent significant program activities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148449

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award amounts will vary, as determined by the scope of the projects.

Term of Contract:

CNCS anticipates making three-year grants. CNCS generally makes an initial award for the first year of operation, based on a one-year project period. Continuation awards for subsequent years are not guaranteed; they depend upon availability of appropriations and satisfactory performance.

The project start date may not occur prior to the date CNCS awards the grant. AmeriCorps members may not enroll prior to the start date of the award. AmeriCorps members may not begin service prior to the beginning of the member enrollment period as designated in the grant award. A program may not certify any hours a member performs prior to the beginning of the member enrollment period.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following Non-Federal entities (as defined in 2 CFR §200.69) who have DUNS numbers and are registered in System for Award Management (SAM) are eligible to apply:
-Indian Tribes (2 CFR §200.54)
-Institutions of higher education (2 CFR §200.54)
-Local governments (2 CFR §200.64)
-Nonprofit organizations (2 CFR §200.70)
-States (2 CFR §200.90)

CNCS encourages organizations that have not received prior funding from CNCS to apply. The general practice is to award no more than 50 member positions (slots) to organizations receiving an AmeriCorps grant for the first time. New applicants are eligible to apply for Cost Reimbursement and Education Award Program (EAP) grants but are not eligible to apply for Full-Time Fixed Amount grants.

For additional information about types of applicants, see:
https://www.nationalservice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/FY20%20ASN%20NOFO_508.v2.pdf#page=4

For information about prohibited activities, see:
https://www.nationalservice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2020%20MSG%20FINAL.508.pdf#page=6

Pre-proposal Conference:

2020 AmeriCorps State and National Grant Competition: Best Practices in Developing Performance Measures

For guidance about how to create high-quality performance measures that align with an applicant's program design and meet AmeriCorps requirements, attend this session. Webinar content is applicable to new, recompeting and continuation applicants. Participants are encouraged to review the 2020 Performance Measure Instructions prior to attending this webinar.

Date: November 6th, 2019. Time: 1:30-2:30 PM EST
Webinar Link: https://cncs.zoom.us/j/610860904
Webinar ID: 610-860-904
Dial-in Numbers: 646-558-8656, or 877-853-5257 (toll free)


2020 AmeriCorps State and National Grant Competition: Best Practices in Demonstrating Evidence

This webinar provides guidance on how to identify a program’s level of evidence, and how to support it with relevant data, studies, and/or evaluation reports. Participants are encouraged to review the Mandatory Supplemental Guidance section on Evidence Tiers, prior to attending this session.

Date: November 13th, 2019. Time: 1:30-2:30 PM EST
Webinar Link: TBD
Webinar ID: TBD
Dial-in Numbers: 646-558-8656, or 877-853-5257 (toll free)

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is January 8, 2020, by 5:00 PM, Eastern Time.

Organizations that propose to operate in only one state must apply through the Governor-appointed State or Territory Commissions. Each state and territory administers its own selection process and puts forward to CNCS the applicants it selects to compete for funding. State applicants must contact their State Commissions to learn about their state or territory processes and deadlines which may be significantly before the CNCS deadlines and may have additional requirements.

Single-state applicants from South Dakota are eligible to apply directly to CNCS for the FY 2020 competition. If you are a potential applicant from South Dakota, please contact the Funding Source.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a Notification of Intent to apply for this competition, but it is not required.

Successful applicants will be notified by May 1, 2020.

The AmeriCorps State and National Grants Competition will include a Clarification period. During the Clarification period, applicants may be asked for clarifying information regarding issues of significance, but will not generally be asked for corrections or changes to elements of the application, including Performance Measures. Single-state subapplicants should be aware that Commission Clarification periods may be shorter. Clarification for New/Recompete Applicants: Friday, March 20 – Friday, April 3, 2020

Cost Reimbursement Grants: A first-time successful applicant is required to match at 24 percent for the first three-year funding period.

Applications must include a DUNS number (https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform) and an Employer Identification Number. The DUNS number does not replace an Employer Identification Number. After obtaining a DUNS number, all applicants must register with the SAM at www.sam.gov and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete and, if a grant is awarded, throughout the life of the award.

Additional information: https://www.nationalservice.gov/resources/financial-management

eGrants tutorial: https://www.nationalservice.gov/sites/default/files/media/create/create_skin.swf

FAQ: https://www.nationalservice.gov/about/frequently-asked-questions-faqs#GrantsFundingFAQs

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=320557

Best Practices in budget Development Presentation: https://www.nationalservice.gov/node/108911

Budget Narrative FY2020 Sample: https://www.nationalservice.gov/node/108976

Webinar Handout: https://www.nationalservice.gov/documents/2019/best-practices-writing-evaluation-plan-example

Webinar Recordings:
https://youtu.be/B2i8QSrey_o
https://youtu.be/_69o72IR5hA
https://youtu.be/jnsX9unZi50
https://youtu.be/o4Pib6dQFHQ

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://egrants.cns.gov/espan/main/login.jsp

Potential applicant from South Dakota should contact AmeriCorpsGrants@cns.gov for additional guidance.

If you are having technical difficulties with creating an account or preparing or submitting the application in eGrants, please contact the National Service Hotline at (800) 942-2677 or via Questions: https://questions.nationalservice.gov/app/ask_eg.

Corporation for National and Community Service
ATTN: Office of Grants Policy and Operations/AmeriCorps Application
250 E Street, SW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20525
Phone: (202) 606-7508

CFDA Number:

94.006

Funding or Pin Number:

CNCS-09-12-19

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming