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New York State AmeriCorps Grants

Grants to New York State Non-Profits & Others for
Veterans, Environment, Health, & Other Projects

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New York State AmeriCorps

Deadline Date:

11/29/16 5:00 PM


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Grants are available to New York State non-profits, local government agencies, and others for programs and projects that utilize volunteers in the following focus areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.

Eligible programs should be evidence-based or evidence-informed (e.g. performance data, research, theory of change) interventions. Applicants should utilize the volunteer services of AmeriCorps members. At least 10 percent of AmeriCorps funding will support encore service programs that engage a significant number of participants age 55 or older.

In addition to the six focus areas described above, grants also will provide support for capacity building activities provided by national service participants. As a general rule, CNCS considers capacity building activities to be indirect services that enable CNCS-supported organizations to provide more, better, and sustained direct services in CNCS’ six focus areas. Capacity building activities cannot be solely intended to support the administration or operations of the organization.

Examples of capacity building activities include:
• Recruiting and/or managing community volunteers.
• Implementing effective volunteer management practices.
• Completing community assessments that identify goals and recommendations.
• Developing new systems and business processes (technology, performance management, training, etc.) or enhancing existing systems and business processes.

AmeriCorps members will be recruited, trained, supervised, and managed by the funded organization, and may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service, AmeriCorps members are eligible to receive a Segal Education Award from the National Service Trust. A community volunteer is an individual who donates his or her service to organizations that utilize volunteer resources to achieve their mission, but who is not an AmeriCorps member.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 137645

Term of Contract:

The contract term shall be no more than thirty-nine months consisting of 3 fifteen-month contract periods that are programmatically and fiscally independent. The fifteen-month contract periods allow the contractor a covered period to recruit members and remain compliant with federal regulations that provide full-time AmeriCorps members up to twelve months to complete their term of service. The start date for each fifteen-month contract period may be adjusted should a revised scope and approved program plan deem it operationally justified. Contract start dates should be October 1, 2014 or after and the contract end date may not be after December 31, 2015. In approving a multi-year project, the State Commission will make an initial award for the first fifteen-month contract period. Continuation funding is not guaranteed.


  • Agency of the county or other local government
  • Community-based Organizations; CBO(s)
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American)
  • Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Labor organizations
Partnerships and consortia
Intermediaries that will operate solely in New York State

Pre-proposal Conference:

A 2014 State AmeriCorps Technical Assistance slide presentation will be available for applicants to view at the New Yorkers Volunteer website ( beginning on the release date of the 2014 State AmeriCorps RFP through December 10, 2013. This resource is available on-demand. Individuals who are unable to access this resource may request a hard copy by calling the Commission State Office at 518-473-8882 or

Pre-Application Information:

Online Technical Assistance Resource Available: 11/04/2013 – 12/10/2013
Submittal of Question Deadline: 11/15/2013
Posted Date of Answers to Frequently Asked Questions: 11/19/2013

All Not-For-Profit applicants must complete the prequalification requirement by December 10, 2013 or their application will be deemed ineligible.

All Not-For-Profit applicants must begin the prequalification steps now in order to complete the process before the deadline and be considered eligible for funding through this RFP.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Phone: (518)473-8882
Fax: (518)402-3817

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York