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AmeriCorps State and National Grants

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

Conf. Date:

10/14/21

Deadline Date:

01/05/22 5:00 PM ET

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 that they can use to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans.

AmeriCorps State and National seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in the following areas: 

  • Efforts to help local communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may propose programming to aid communities in their efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, including outcomes of COVID-19 on student subgroups described in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
  • Educational opportunity and economic mobility for communities experiencing persistent unemployment or underemployment, and students experiencing homelessness or those in foster care.
  • Programs that prioritize civic engagement and social cohesion.
  • Evidence-based interventions on the AmeriCorps Evidence Exchange that are assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence. Please note that many of these interventions have demonstrated effectiveness in improving outcomes for individuals living in underserved communities and that the agency has committed resources to supporting grantees seeking to replicate and evaluate these interventions in similar communities.
  • Veterans and Military Families, Caregivers, and Survivors – a program model that improves the quality of life of veterans and improves the well-being of military families, caregivers, and survivors. 
  • Rural intermediaries – organizations that demonstrate measurable impact and primarily serve rural communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure.  
  • Environmental stewardship and climate change including renewable energy and energy efficiency, building community resilience, sustainable food systems and agriculture, and conservation and habitat preservation.  
  • Faith-based organizations.
  • Economic Mobility Corps.

AmeriCorps may award a Cost Reimbursement or a Fixed Amount grant to any successful applicant, but the availability of a Full-Cost Fixed-Amount grant is limited to certain applicants. For more information on grant types, see https://americorps.gov/sites/default/files/document/FY%202022%20ASN%20Competitive%20NOFO.508.pdf#page=6.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148449

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): $21,600
- Multi-state competitive (cost reimbursement): $21,600
- Professional Corps competitive Fixed Amount Applicants/Grantees: $1,000*
- Full-cost competitive Fixed Amount Grant: $21,600
- Education Award Program (EAP) Fixed Amount Grant (competitive and formula): $800 or $1,000**
- All non EAP formula grants***: $28,800****

*AmeriCorps requires Professional Corps programs to cover the operating expenses associated with the AmeriCorps program through non AmeriCorps resources. AmeriCorps 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.
*** Except planning grants
****$18,000 adjusted for inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers.

Term of Contract:

AmeriCorps anticipates making three-year grants. The agency 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 AmeriCorps awards the grant. AmeriCorps applicants may not enroll prior to the start date of the award. AmeriCorps applicants 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 an applicant performs prior to the applicant becoming a member in the system of record and 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

AmeriCorps encourages organizations that have not received prior funding from AmeriCorps to apply.

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://americorps.gov/sites/default/files/document/FY%202022%20ASN%20Competitive%20NOFO.508.pdf#page=8.

Note that under appropriations provisions annually enacted by Congress, if AmeriCorps 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 is hosting technical assistance webinars for applicants to answer questions about the funding opportunity and eGrants. AmeriCorps strongly encourages all applicants participate in these sessions.

FY 2022 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition: NOFO 101

- Tuesday, September 28, 2021; 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET. Register: https://americorps.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_zj6TjcrcQBqzaPAUrHxlww
- Thursday, October 14, 2021; 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET. Register: https://americorps.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_zj6TjcrcQBqzaPAUrHxlww

FY 2022 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition: Best Practices in Developing Performance Measures

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications to the 2022 AmeriCorps State and National NOFO is Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

AmeriCorps State and National expects that successful applicants will be notified by mid May 2022.

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 submits the applications it selects to compete for funding directly to AmeriCorps. State Commissions have their own application processes and may have additional requirements.

Applicants in South Dakota, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands apply directly to AmeriCorps because this State and these Territories do not have an established Commission.

Applicants must have a valid SAM registration and DUNS and/or Unique Entity Identifier to receive an award.

Applicants must submit applications electronically via eGrants, AmeriCorps' web-based application system. AmeriCorps 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.

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://americorps.gov/sites/default/files/document/FY%202022%20ASN%20Competitive%20NOFO.508.pdf#page=10.

Pre-Recorded Webinars:
- Best Practices in Developing Performance Measures: https://youtu.be/nnci_TuPHEE
- Best Practices in Demonstrating Evidence: https://youtu.be/SHn-CFvThaM
- Best Practices in Evaluation Reporting: https://youtu.be/Kz7mbkW_Spg

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335685

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:
AmeriCorps
ATTN: Office of Grant Administration (OGA)/FY 2022 ASN Application
250 E Street, SW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20525

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

State Commission contacts: https://americorps.gov/contact/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://questions.americorps.gov/app/ask.

For all other application questions, please contact AmeriCorpsGrants@cns.gov.

CFDA Number:

94.006

Funding or Pin Number:

AC-09-14-21

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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