Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC) and National and Community Service (CNCS)
Grants to Kansas nonprofits, faith-based organizations, IHEs, city or county government agencies, labor organizations, and Tribes to engage national service volunteers in community strengthening projects. A mandatory preliminary application must be submitted before applying. Eligible community programs are those that focus on the areas of veterans and military families, disaster services, economic opportunity, education, and serving under-resourced rural communities.
Funding is 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.
The National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended by the Serve America Act, emphasizes measuring the impact of service and focusing on a core set of issue areas. In order to carry out Congress’ intent and to maximize the impact of investment in national service, CNCS has the following focus areas:
- Disaster Services Grant activities will provide support to increase the preparedness of individuals for disasters, improve individuals’ readiness to respond to disasters, help individuals recover from disasters, and/or help individuals mitigate disasters.
- Economic Opportunity Grants will provide support and/or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to the improved economic well-being and security of economically disadvantaged people; help economically disadvantaged people, to have improved access to services that enhance financial literacy; transition into or remain in safe, healthy, affordable housing; and/or have improved employability leading to increased success in becoming employed.
- Education Grants will provide support and/or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to improved educational outcomes for economically disadvantaged children; improved school readiness for economically disadvantaged young children; improved educational and behavioral outcomes of students in low-achieving elementary, middle, and high schools; and/or support economically disadvantaged students’ preparation for success in post-secondary educational institutions.
- Environmental Stewardship Grants will support responsible stewardship of the environment, while preparing communities for challenging circumstances and helping Americans respond to and recover from disruptive life events: programs that conserve natural habitats; protect clean air and water; maintain public lands; support wildland fire mitigation; cultivate individual and community self-sufficiency; and provide reforestation services after floods or fires.
- Healthy Futures Grants will provide support for activities that will address the opioid crisis; increase seniors’ ability to remain in their own homes with the same or improved quality of life for as long as possible; and/or increase physical activity and improve nutrition with the purpose of reducing obesity.
- Veterans and Military Families Grants will positively impact the quality of life of veterans and improve military family strength; increase the number of veterans, wounded warriors, military service members, and their families served by CNCS programs; and/or increase the number of veterans and military family members engaged in service through CNCS programs.
In order to receive priority consideration, applicants must demonstrate that the priority area as outlined by the KVC is a significant part of the program focus and intended outcomes and must include a high quality program design. Responses that propose programs for the purpose of receiving priority consideration are not guaranteed funding.
The Kansas Volunteer Commission seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in:
- Veterans and Military Families
Topics that address the unmet needs of veterans, members of the armed forces, and family members of deployed military personnel.
- Disaster Services
Concerns regarding the preparation, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts that relate to disaster events.
Topics related to unmet educational needs within communities, especially those that help at-risk nyouth to achieve success in school.
- Economic Opportunity
Increasing economic opportunities for communities by engaging opportunity youth to prepare them for the workforce.
- Rural Intermediaries
KVC recognizes that severely under-resourced communities may have limited capacity to successfully apply for and implement an AmeriCorps program, due to the size and organizational capacity of eligible applicant/host site organizations or the lack of available matching funds in these communities. Thus it may be effective for a single eligible applicant (intermediary) to develop an application and oversee the implementation of an AmeriCorps program that engages multiple grassroots non-profits/eligible applicants (referred to as a consortium) that, individually, do not have the necessary organizational or fundraising capacity to apply for and run an AmeriCorps program. Given the desire to address community needs holistically, the nonprofits/eligible applicants that make up the consortium may have, but are not required to have, different focus areas (including the nonfocus area capacity building) and thus the non-profit/eligible applicant intermediary will be multifocused.
Applicants seeking consideration under this priority must demonstrate that they will be serving in rural severely under-resourced communities; that their application represents a consortium, that the activities provided by the consortium collectively address a compelling community need or set of needs; and that they have sufficient financial and management capacity to act as an umbrella organization for the consortium. Applicants should refer to the Page Limits section in the Notice for information specific to Intermediary requirements.
Grant awards have two components: operating funds and AmeriCorps member positions. Grant award amounts vary – both in the level of operating funds and in the type and amount of AmeriCorps member positions.
Types of Grants
AmeriCorps grants may be awarded on a cost reimbursement or fixed amount basis. KVC will not provide both types of grants for the same project in one grant year. Cost reimbursement grants fund a portion of program operating costs and member living allowances with flexibility to use all of the funds for allowable costs regardless of whether or not the program recruits and retains all AmeriCorps members. Fixed amount grants provide a fixed amount of funding per MSY that is substantially lower than the amount required to operate the program and organizations use other resources to cover the remaining costs.
GrantWatch ID#: 138487
Maximum costs per MSY are $15,192.
Cost reimbursement programs operating in rural communities (as defined in the Glossary) and cost reimbursement programs that recruit opportunity youth (as defined in the Glossary) as AmeriCorps members may request up to $15,360 cost per MSY for the AmeriCorps members who will be serving in rural areas or who are opportunity youth.
Unless otherwise specified, the grant generally covers a three-year project period. In approving a multiyear project period, KVC generally makes an initial award for the first year of operation. In most cases, the application is submitted with a one-year budget. Continuation funding is not guaranteed.
The AmeriCorps program year in Kansas typically run from August 1 to July 31 or from September 1 to August 31. The KVC recommends that new applicants begin their project period on September 1.
The following entities are eligible to apply: public or private nonprofit organizations, including faithbased and other community organizations; institutions of higher education; government entities within states or territories (e.g., cities, counties); labor organizations; partnerships and consortia; and federally recognized Indian Tribes. Receiving funding previously from CNCS or another Federal agency is not a prerequisite to apply under this Notice.
Organizations that have been convicted of a federal crime are disqualified from receiving the assistance described in this Notice. Pursuant to the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, an organization described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue code of 1986, 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(4), that engages in lobbying activities is not eligible to apply.
- AmeriCorps 101 & NOFO Overview: https://mediastream.ksde.org/Media/TLA/Americorps.mp4
- Program Design Overview: https://mediastream.ksde.org/Media/TLA/ProgramDesign19-20.mp4
- Evidence Continuum video from CNCS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzF08edFXmc
- Performance Measures Overview: https://mediastream.ksde.org/Media/tla/PerformanceMeasures19-20.mp4
- Budget Overview: https://mediastream.ksde.org/Media/TLA/budgetwebinar19-20.mp4
2019-2020 AmeriCorps Timeline:
- October 12, 2018: Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Released
- October 23 - November 13, 2018: (Each Tuesday at 10:00AM CST): Technical assistance webinars: AmeriCorps 101 & NOFO overview, Program Design, Performance Measures, and Budget Overview. (webinars will be recorded and uploaded to KVC's website)
- January 11, 2019: Initial grant applications due to KVC
- January 14, 2019 - February 1, 2019: KVC staff reviews initial applications
- February 4 - 22, 2019: Application revision period
- February 22, 2019: Final applications with revisions due to KVC
- April 1, 2019: CNCS competitive grant award notification
- April 5, 2019: Applicants receive clarification questions
- April 19, 2019: Responses to the clarification questions due to KVC
- May 7, 2019: KVC Votes on AmeriCorps portfolio
- May 21, 2019: Tenative AmeriCorps grant award notifications
- June 11, 2019: Kansas State Board of Education votes on AmeriCorps portfolio
- June 18, 2019: KVC offical AmeriCorps grant award notifications
- July 18, 2019 (Tenative): Mandatory AmeriCorps subgrantee program director training
- August 1 or September 1, 2019: Program start date
Notification of Intent to Apply: No notification of intent to apply is required for the 2019-2020 grant year.
The KVC encourages organizations that have never received funding from CNCS to apply. First-time applicants are eligible to apply for Cost Reimbursement grants but not eligible to apply for Full-time Fixed Amount grants. Existing subgrantees that can demonstrate a compliant track record and capacity to manage a Fixed Amount grant may apply for Full-time Fixed Amount grants.
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 and an Employer Identification Number. The DUNS number does not replace an Employer Identification Number. DUNS numbers may be obtained at no cost by calling the DUNS number request line at (866) 705-5711 or by applying online: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.
After obtaining a DUNS number, all applicants must be registered with the Systems for Award Management (SAM) at https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Email preliminary applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information regarding this NOFO, contact: Kansas Volunteer Commission at 785-368-6232, or the above email address.
For financial questions:
For all other questions:
AmeriCorps Program Officer
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson Street
Topeka, KS, 66612
For questions regarding multi-state or Indian Tribe applicants (who wish to apply under the Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity for Indian Tribes), contact:
Corporation for National and Community Service