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Service Volunteers in Community Development Programs

2022-2023 AmeriCorps Kansas Grant

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Funding Source:

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Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC)

Deadline Date:

12/03/21 5:00 PM CST

Description:

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Grants to Kansas nonprofits, faith-based organizations, IHEs, city or county government agencies, and Tribal entities to engage volunteers in community-strengthening projects. Funding is intended for programs within the focus areas of education, social justice, poverty, COVID-19, youth, and rural communities. The Commission may award a Cost Reimbursement or a Fixed Amount grant to any successful applicant, but the availability of a Fixed Amount grant is limited to certain applicants.

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in 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 they can use to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans.

The Commission’s priorities for this grant competition are:

  • COVID-19: Efforts that help local communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Education: Efforts that support improved educational and behavioral outcomes, school readiness, and/or preparation for success in postsecondary educational institutions.
  • Poverty: Efforts that address the complexities of poverty, especially economic mobility as well as housing, food, and health stability.
  • Rural Intermediary: Organizations that serve as an umbrella for rural communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure 
  • Social Justice: Efforts that ensure equal rights and equitable opportunities for all.
  • Youth Development & Mentoring: Efforts that empower youth through opportunities and support, positive relationships, and leadership development, particularly among youth in foster care.

Cost Reimbursement grants fund a portion of program operating costs and member living allowances with the 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. Kansas Volunteer Commission will not provide both types of grants for the same project in one fiscal year.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138487

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum costs per MSY are $28,800.

The proposed budget must include a living allowance for full-time members that is between $16,502 (minimum) and $33,004 (maximum) per full-time member. For additional information see the table on page 8 of the NOFO in Supporting Documents, below.

Term of Contract:

The AmeriCorps program year in Kansas typically run from August 1 to July 31 or from September 1 to August 31. The Commission recommends that first-time applicants begin their project period on September 1.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible to apply:
- Public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and other community organizations
- Native American tribes
- Institutions of higher education
- Government entities within the state (e.g. cities and counties)

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.

First-year applicants are not eligible for a Fixed Amount grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Commission will make available several opportunities for technical assistance including courses provided at no cost from On3Learn, and one-on-one consultation with Commission staff. On3Learn provides a 5-course series intended to help organizations interested in applying for an AmeriCorps grant understand the many details of the application and the great opportunity ahead of them. If you would like access to the first course, “Is your Organization a Fit?”, please reach out to AmeriCorps@ksde.org.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- October 4, 2021: AmeriCorps Kansas Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) released
- October – November: Technical assistance via On3Learn courses
- December 3, 2021, by 5:00 PM: Initial grant applications due to Kansas Volunteer Commission
- December 6, 2021 – January 4, 2022: Commission staff reviews initial applications
- January 7, 2022: Applicants receive initial feedback
- January 10– 31, 2022: Application revision period
- January 31, 2022, by 5:00 PM: Final applications with revisions due to Commission
- February 28, 2022: Applicants receive clarification questions
- March 18, 2022, by 5:00 PM: Clarification question responses due to Commission
- April 5, 2022: Kansas Volunteer Commission votes on AmeriCorps portfolio
- May 10, 2022: Kansas State Board of Education votes on AmeriCorps portfolio
- May 25, 2022: Official AmeriCorps Kansas grant award notifications
- August 1 or September 1, 2022: Program start date.

Applicants must be registered with SAM.gov. See: https://www.sam.gov/SAM/

There are no match requirements for Fixed Amount grants. For Cost-Reimbursement Grants, applicants are required to match funds according to the chart here: https://kanserve.org/Portals/0/AmeriCorps/2022-2023%20AmeriCorps%20Kansas%20NOFO2.pdf#page=9

Information session recording: https://youtu.be/atvil7YkfGc

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to AmeriCorps@ksde.org

Direct questions to the email address above or call 785-368-6232.

For financial questions, contact:
Jessica Noble, Executive Director
Email: jnoble@ksde.org

For all other questions:
Kay Emerson, AmeriCorps Kansas Director
Email: kemerson@ksde.org

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