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Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) Grant

Grants to USA State Agencies
to Support Volunteerism

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

Deadline Date:

05/06/20 5:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA state agencies to encourage and support volunteerism. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for programs that support, manage, and recruit volunteers. Priority will be given to programs in the areas of education or community needs, programs that significantly increase the number of volunteers from specific demographic groups, and activities that specifically recruit skill-based and pro-bono volunteers.

VGF grants will be used to develop and/or support community-based entities to recruit, manage, and support volunteers. CNCS seeks to fund effective approaches that expand volunteering, strengthen the capacity of volunteer connector organizations to recruit and retain skill-based volunteers, and develop strategies to use volunteers effectively to solve problems. Specifically, the VGF grants will support efforts that expand the capacity of volunteer connector organizations to recruit, manage, support and retain individuals to serve in high quality volunteer assignments.

Applicants that receive funding under this Notice may directly carry out the activities supported under the award, or may carry out the activities by making subgrants to community-based entities, supporting volunteer generation at these entities.

Funding Priorities
CNCS’s priorities for this grant competition are:
  • Programs that are likely to generate significant, measurable improvements in the number of volunteers generated and retained from specific demographic groups such as youth service, generational/family volunteering, skill-based volunteering or senior volunteering
  • Initiatives that specifically recruit, train and deploy volunteers as a strategy to address a clearly identified pressing community need or to address education
  • Activities that specifically recruit skill-based and pro-bono volunteers.
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. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 123648

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$6,400,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award amounts will vary, as determined by the scope of the projects. CNCS expects to make awards of a minimum of $100,000.

Term of Contract:

CNCS anticipates making three-year grant awards. 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following non-federal entities are eligible to apply:
- State commissions (as defined in 42 U.S.C. §12511(27))

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Applications are due Wednesday, May 6 by 5:00 pm Eastern Time. Successful applicants will be notified in July 2020.

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.

Applications must include a DUNS number and an Employer Identification Number. The DUNS number does not replace an Employer Identification Number. 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 (https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform). CNCS recommends registering at least 30 days before the application due date.

After obtaining a DUNS number, all applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM) at https://sam.gov/SAM/ and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete. If an applicant is awarded a grant, it must maintain an active SAM registration throughout the life of the award. Please go to the General Services Administration (GSA) SAM Update page for login information: https://sam.gov/SAM/

For cost match information, see https://www.nationalservice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2020%20VGF%20NOFO.508_1.pdf#page=3.

View this opportunity on grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=325200

Grant and Funding FAQs: https://www.nationalservice.gov/about/frequently-asked-questions-faqs#GrantsFundingFAQs

COVID-19 Information and FAQs: https://www.nationalservice.gov/coronavirus

Contact Information:

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

eGrants: https://egrants.cns.gov/espan/main/login.jsp

For more information or a printed copy of related material(s), email AmeriCorpsGrants@cns.gov. CNCS also offers live text chat at www.NationalService.gov/contact-us.

For technical questions and problems with the eGrants system, call the National Service Hotline at (800) 942-2677. The general public hours for the National Service Hotline are as follows:
- Mon - Fri, 9 am – 7 pm ET (Jan, May, June, July, Aug, Sept)
- Mon - Thu, 9 am – 7 pm ET (Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec).
Potential applicants can also use eGrants Questions: www.NationalService.gov/contact-us.

If circumstances make it impossible for an applicant to submit in eGrants, applicants may send a paper copy of the application via overnight carrier below. Applicants must include a written explanation and any other documentation or evidence that support their inability to submit their application electronically.
Corporation for National and Community Service
ATTN: Office of Grants Administration (OGA)/VGF Application
250 E Street, SW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20525

CFDA Number:

94.021

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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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