Kansas State Department of Education, Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC) - AmeriCorps Kansas
02/16/18 4:00 PM CST
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 is due on January 5, 2018. Eligible community programs are those that focus on the areas of veterans and military families, disaster services, economic opportunity and education, and serving under-resourced and 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
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.
- Economic Opportunity and Education
Topics related to unmet educational needs within communities, especially those that help atrisk youth to achieve success in school and prevent them from dropping out and those activities that increase adult access to job readiness training.
- Multi-focus Intermediary – Rural Emphasis
Given the capacity required to successfully apply for and implement an AmeriCorps program, the KVC recognizes that severely under-resourced communities may have limited applicant options, either based on the size of the non-profits or the lack of available matching funds. Thus it may be necessary to engage an eligible applicant that will develop an application and oversee the implementation of an AmeriCorps program that engages multiple grassroots nonprofits/eligible applicants that individually do not have the necessary organizational or fundraising capacity to apply for and run an AmeriCorps program independently.
Applications seeking consideration under this priority must demonstrate that they will be serving in severely under-resourced communities, and how the activities provided by the consortium collectively address a compelling community need or set of needs.
GrantWatch ID#: 138487
The actual level of funding will be subject to the availability of annual appropriations, which have not yet been made.
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.
The KVC encourages organizations that have never received funding from CNCS to apply. To be considered for formula funding, the KVC requires that applicants request at least 5-member service years (MSY), which is the equivalent of 5 full-time members, 10 half-time members, or 24 minimum-time members, etc., or a combination of slots.
New applicants are eligible to apply for Cost Reimbursement grants but not eligible to apply for Full Time Fixed Amount grants. Existing sub-grantees/operating sites of Fixed Amount and Cost Reimbursement grantees that can demonstrate a track record and capacity to manage a Fixed Amount grant are considered to have AmeriCorps experience and therefore can apply for Fixed Amount grants.
Organizations that have current AmeriCorps awards that do not end in FY17 must submit an application in order to be eligible to receive funding for the following year. Requests by existing continuation applicants for increases in the level of funding or number of positions will be assessed using the criteria under this Notice.
KVC will host a number of webinars related to AmeriCorps. All potential applicants are encouraged to participate in the relevant KVC technical assistance webinars. Registration is not required for these sessions.
- AmeriCorps Basics & NOFO Overview, October 19, 2017 at 11:00 am https://ksde.zoom.us/j/148517634
- Program Design, October 26, 2017 at 11:00 am https://ksde.zoom.us/j/944623834
- Performance Measures, November 2, 2017 at 11:00 am https://ksde.zoom.us/j/151995874
- Budget & Overview, Novmeber 9, 2017 at 11:00 am https://ksde.zoom.us/j/414906734
In addition, CNCS will host a number of calls related to AmeriCorps. Registration is required. All calls will be recorded and the replay will be available one hour after call end. The calls will be available through January 18, 2018. *For more information, such as call information/replays, and additional reading resources: https://www.nationalservice.gov/build-your-capacity/grants/funding-opportunities/2018/americorps-state-and-national-grants-fy-2018
AmeriCorps Topic Call Date and Time
- AmeriCorps Basics Overview September 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm EST (recording available
- AmeriCorps Program Management and Design October 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm EST (recording available online)
- AmeriCorps Grant NOFO Selection Criteria October 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm EST (recording available
2018-2019 AmeriCorps Timeline
- Release of the Kansas NOFO: October 12, 2017
- Technical Assistance Webinars: October 19, 2017 – November 9, 2017
- Preliminary Applications due to KVC via E-mail (Required): January 5, 2018 by 4:00 pm CST
- KVC Staff Review of Applications: January 8 – January 26, 2018
- Preliminary Feedback & Revisions Requested: January 26, 2018
- Final Application (with revisions) due to KVC: February 16, 2018
- Clarification Process: March 12 – April 23, 2018
- KVC Tentative Formula Grant Awards: May 25, 2018
- Mandatory Sub-grantee Meeting: July 2018
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:
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.
Kansas Volunteer Commission
900 SW Jackson Suite 105A
Topeka, KS 66612
AmeriCorps Program Officer
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