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AmeriCorps State and National Grants

Grants to USA States, Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and
IHEs for Volunteer Services to Benefit Communities

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Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

Conf. Date:

11/18/20

Deadline Date:

01/06/21 5:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to USA states, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and IHEs to employ volunteer staff to carry out a broad range of community services. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting an application. Funding is available as cost reimbursement grants or as fixed cost grants.

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions/practices 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 the following areas: 

  • Efforts to help local communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may propose programming in any CNCS focus area to aid communities as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Programs that actively engage in removing structural racial inequities, advancing racial equality, and increasing opportunity in order to achieve sustainable change in communities.
  • Economic Opportunity – a program model that increases economic opportunities for communities by preparing people for the workforce. 
  • Education – see sixth bullet.
  • Healthy Futures – a program model that reduces and/or prevents prescription drug and opioid abuse.
  • Evidence-based interventions on the CNCS Evidence Exchange (https://www.nationalservice.gov/impact-our-nation/evidence-exchange) that are assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence.
  • Veterans and Military Families – a program model that positively impacts the quality of life of veterans and improves military family strength.
  • Rural intermediaries - organizations that demonstrate measurable impact and primarily serve rural communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure.
  • Faith-based organizations.
  • Programs that reduce child poverty.
  • Environmental stewardship.
  • Economic Mobility Corps – a joint initiative with the Community Development FinancialInstitutions Fund to place national service members at Certified Community Development Financial Institutions to enhance their capacity to provide financial literacy, financial planning, budgeting, saving, and other financial counseling activities in distressed and underserved areas.

Type of Award
AmeriCorps Operating Grants: CNCS may award a Cost Reimbursement grants or Fixed Amount
grants. For more information on grant types, see https://www.nationalservice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2_ASN_FY2021_MandatorySupplementalInstructions_FINAL_508_0.pdf#page=2.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148449

Number of Grants:

see https://www.nationalservice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2_ASN_FY2021_MandatorySupplementalInstructions_FINAL_508_0.pdf#page=2

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Maximum Cost per MSY:
- Individual Competitive State/Territory Program (cost reimbursement): $16,300*
- Multi-state (cost reimbursement): $16,300*
- Professional Corps Fixed Amount Applicants/Grantees: $1,000**
- Education Award Program Fixed Amount Grant: $800 or $1,000***
- Full-cost Fixed Amount Grant: $16,300
- State/Territory Commission Formula Prime: $18,000
- Individual State/Territory Formula Program: $20,000
- State/Territory Commission Average (of all its subgrants): $16,300

*Cost reimbursement programs operating in rural communities (as defined in the Mandatory Supplemental Information) and cost reimbursement programs that recruit opportunity youth as AmeriCorps members may request up to $16,800 cost per MSY for the AmeriCorps members who will be serving in rural areas or who are opportunity youth.
**CNCS requires Professional Corps programs to cover the operating expenses associated with the AmeriCorps program through non CNCS resources. CNCS will only consider operating funds of up to $1,000 per MSY if an applicant is able to demonstrate significant organizational financial need.
*** Per 42 U.S.C. 12581a, the Corporation may provide the operational support under this section for a program in an amount that is not more than $800 per individual enrolled in an approved national service position, or not more than $1,000 per such individual if at least 50 percent of the persons enrolled in the program are disadvantaged youth.

Term of Contract:

CNCS anticipates making three-year grants. CNCS generally makes an initial award for the first year of the period of performance, based on a one-year budget. 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 (all of which are defined in 2 CFR 200.1) are eligible to apply:
• Indian Tribes
• Institutions of higher education
• Local governments
• Nonprofit organizations
• States

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) grant but are not eligible to apply for Full-Cost Fixed Amount grants.

For further information on types of applicants, see https://www.nationalservice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ASN_FY2021_NOFO_FINAL_508.pdf#page=5.

Note that under appropriations provisions annually enacted by Congress, if CNCS is aware that any corporation has any unpaid federal tax liability—
- that has been assessed
- for which all judicial and administrative remedies have been exhausted or have lapsed
- that is not being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement with the authority responsible for collecting the tax liability—
that corporation is not eligible for an award under this Notice. However, this exclusion will not apply to a corporation which a federal agency has considered for suspension or debarment and has made a determination that suspension or debarment is not necessary to protect the interests of the federal government.

Pre-proposal Conference:

AmeriCorps and the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) will be hosting live webinars to provide Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and other community development organizations with information on the new Economic Mobility Corps and applying for an AmeriCorps grant.

Advance registration is not required to participate in the webinars. Access the webinars by clicking the below links at least five minutes before the webinars begin.

About the Economic Mobility Corps
Date & Time: November 5, 2020 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Conference Line: Call: 888-730-9139 Passcode: 9422424
Access Line: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.mymeetings.com_nc_join.php-3Fi-3DPWXW1767831-26p-3D9422424-26t-3Dc&d=DwMFaQ&c=Tuerg-yNTgVjZ4qfQI_XUAo-m_1Vz9aewAZbk-XJGzU&r=YTD5oodqtG8EcmeDv93E9m4p6wg54lt_w9s8q51wX3g&m=eWTlHiLGE38H4ls_pj0ra-Xf0dvCl3uKVqlT21IbeKU&s=NZTjwTdLiTGqNvoKfteIa89cDrkxfQ33Sj79oXQfWPg&e=
Conference #: PWXW1767831
Passcode: 9422424

Best Practices in Developing Performance Measures
Pre-recorded webinar and live Q&A session about how to create high-quality performance measures that align with an applicant's program design and meet AmeriCorps State and National requirements. Applicable to new, recompeting and continuation applicants. Prior to attending the Q&A session, participants must watch the pre-recorded webinar and review the 2021 Performance Measure Instructions.
Pre-Recorded Webinar:https://youtu.be/nnci_TuPHEE
Live Q&A Date & Time: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 2:30pm ET
Conference Call Number: 888-282-1676 Passcode: 7847231

Best Practices in Demonstrating Evidence
Pre-recorded webinar and live Q&A session about how to support a proposed program design with relevant high-quality data, studies, and/or evaluation reports. Applicable to new and recompeting applicants. Prior to attending the Q&A session, participants must watch the pre-recorded webinar and review the relevant sections of the 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity (Evidence section) and 2021 Mandatory Supplemental Information (Evidence Tier definitions).
Pre-Recorded Webinar:https://youtu.be/SHn-CFvThaM
Live Q&A Date & Time: Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 1pm ET
Conference Call Number: 888-282-1676 Passcode: 7847231

Best Practices in Budget Development
In this webinar, the Office of Grant Administration provides guidance about how to create a compliant grant budget for an AmeriCorps program. Participants are encouraged to review the Budget Instructions section of the Application Instructions, as well as resources available on the AmeriCorps Knowledge Network Financial and Grants Management webpage.
Live Webinar Zoom Link: https://americorps.zoomgov.com/j/1602802993
Live Webinar Date & Time: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 2pm ET
Live Webinar Call Number: 669-254-5252 Passcode: 160 280 2993

Best Practices in Writing an Evaluation Plan
Pre-recorded webinar that provides an overview of how to develop an evaluation plan that meets AmeriCorps’ requirements for recompeting applicants. Key components of the plan are reviewed, and examples of best practices and common challenges are presented. AmeriCorps’ evaluation technical assistance provider, NORC, facilitates the webinar and describes the resources available to support evaluation plan development and implementation.
Pre-Recorded Webinar:https://youtu.be/jnsX9unZi50
Pre-Recorded Webinar Resources:Best Practices in Writing an Evaluation Plan Handout, PowerPoint

Best Practices in Evaluation Reporting
Pre-recorded webinar that explains what information to include in an evaluation report and how to organize and present it effectively. Applicable to recompeting applicants who are required to submit evaluation reports with their grant applications. AmeriCorps’ evaluation technical assistance provider, NORC, facilitates the webinar and describes the resources available to support evaluation reporting.
Pre-Recorded Webinar:https://youtu.be/Kz7mbkW_Spg
Pre-Recorded Webinar Resources:PowerPoint
Please note: The Best Practices in Writing an Evaluation Plan and Best Practices in Evaluation Reporting webinars do not have a live Q&A session. If you have any questions after reviewing the pre-recorded webinars, please review the materials on the Evaluation TA Portal or the email AmeriCorpsEvaluationTA@norc.org.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications to the 2021 NOFO is Wednesday, January 06, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Successful applicants will be notified by mid-May 2021.

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.

Applicants must submit applications electronically via eGrants, CNCS’s web-based application system. CNCS recommends that applicants create an eGrants account and begin the application at least three weeks before the deadline. Applicants should draft the application as a Word document, then copy and paste the text into the appropriate eGrants field no later than 10 days before the deadline.

Single-state applicants from South Dakota are eligible to apply directly to CNCS for the FY 2021 competition.

Required Registrations:
- All applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM) at https://www.sam.gov/SAM/ and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete. Volunteer Louisiana suggests that applicants finalize a new registration or renew an existing one at least three weeks before the application deadline, to allow time to resolve any issues that may arise.
- The Federal government is implementing Unique Entity Identifiers (UEI) as part of the SAM registration process to eventually replace DUNS numbers. CNCS may ask applicants to add the UEI to their application as part of the clarification or pre-award process. Applicants can obtain a DUNS number at no cost by calling the DUNS number request line at (866) 705-5711 or by applying online at the DUNS Request Service. CNCS recommends registering at least 30 days before the application due date, if applicants do not yet have their UEI.

If circumstances make it impossible for an applicant to submit in eGrants, applicants may send a paper copy of the application via overnight carrier. Please use a non-U.S. Postal Service carrier to avoid security-related delays. All deadlines and requirements in this Notice also apply to paper applications.

Cost Sharing or Matching:
- There is no match requirement for Fixed Amount grants.
- Cost Reimbursement Grants Applicants are required to match funds. For more information, see https://www.nationalservice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ASN_FY2021_NOFO_FINAL_508.pdf#page=6.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329024
Applicant Operational and Financial Management Survey (OFMS): https://www.nationalservice.gov/build-your-capacity/grants/funding-opportunities/2021/americorps-state-and-national-grants-fy-2021
FAQs: https://www.nationalservice.gov/about/frequently-asked-questions-faqs#GrantsFundingFAQs

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

Send paper copy applications to:
Corporation for National and Community Service
ATTN: Office of Grants Administration (OGA)/FY21 AmeriCorps State & National Grants
250 E Street, SW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20525

For more information, call (202) 606-7508 or email americorpsgrants@cns.gov.

Potential applicants from South Dakota should contact the above email address for additional guidance.

State Commission contacts: https://www.nationalservice.gov/about-cncs/contact-us/state-service-commissions

For technical issues related to eGrants, please visit the National Service Hotline or call 1-800-942-2677 or make contact via https://www.nationalservice.gov/app/ask_eg

CFDA Number:

94.006

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

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