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Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and LEAs for Community Service Projects that Engage Volunteers

New Jersey AmeriCorps Competitive Grants


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
139958

Funding Source
New Jersey Department of State, New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service
and AmeriCorps New Jersey
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Geographic Focus
USA: New Jersey

Important Dates
LOI Date: 10/27/23
Deadline: 11/08/23 4:00 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to New Jersey nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, LEAs, and labor organizations for community service projects that engage volunteers. Applicants must view a virtual information session and submit an LOI prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to address important community needs.

Through this AmeriCorps Competitive Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), the New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service (hereinafter, the NJ Commission) seeks submission of applications that demonstrate that they will engage AmeriCorps members in an evidence-informed and evidence-based approach to providing a service intervention that will result in intended solutions to community problems (e.g., based on proposed program’s performance and evaluation data or research demonstrating the effectiveness of a similar intervention). Applicants will be awarded points for providing evidence that their proposal intervention will lead to the outcomes identified in the logic model. Applicants shall provide evidence that the proposed intervention is effective for the proposed population and community challenge.

AmeriCorps’ priorities for this funding opportunity are:

  • Organizations leading service in communities with concentrated poverty, rural communities, tribal communities, and those organizations serving historically underrepresented and underserved individuals, including but not limited to communities of color, immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities, people who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community, people with arrest and/or conviction records, and religious minorities;
  • Evidence-based interventions on the AmeriCorps Evidence Exchange that are assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence. Please note that many of these interventions have demonstrated effectiveness in improving outcomes for individuals living in underserved communities and that the agency has committed resources to supporting grantees seeking to replicate and evaluate these interventions in similar communities;
  • Veterans and Military Families, Caregivers, and Survivors – a program model that improves the quality of life of veterans and improves the well-being of military and veteran families, caregivers, and survivors;
  • Faith-based organizations;
  • Programs that provide additional benefits to AmeriCorps members aimed at enhancing member experience and bolstering member recruitment and retention such as paying more than the minimum living allowance, transportation, housing, food, etc.;
  • Programs that create workforce pathways for AmeriCorps members, including deliberate training, certifications, and hiring preferences or support;
  • Environmental Stewardship, including supporting communities to become more resilient through measures that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve land and water, increase renewable energy use and improve at-risk ecosystems, especially in underserved households & communities;
  • Community-based programs that enhance and expand services to second chance youth and/or engage those youth as AmeriCorps members;
  • Programs that support civic bridge-building programs and projects to reduce polarization and community divisions; and providing training in civic bridge-building skills and techniques to AmeriCorps members;
  • Programs focused on implementing or expanding access to high-quality early learning and those that prepare AmeriCorps members to enter early learning careers.

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.



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility is open to public or private non-profit organizations, including community organizations and faith-based organizations; Local Education Agencies (LEAs) including charter schools; institutions of higher education; government entities within the state (e.g., cities/municipalities, counties, state departments); labor organizations; and partnerships or consortia consisting of the aforementioned.

Only applications submitted by agencies that participate in the virtual General Technical Assistance and Theory of Change session listed in the timelines section will be accepted.

Ineligible
Professional Corps are not eligible to apply for Cost-Reimbursement.

Organizations that have been convicted of a Federal crime are disqualified from receiving the assistance described in this NOFO. Pursuant to the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, an organization described in Section 501(c)(4), that engages in lobbying activities is not eligible to apply.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Attendance at one of the NOFO Technical Assistance Sessions is required in order to submit an application.

Technical Assistance Session on Evidence, Logic Models and Performance Measures
October 5, 2023, 10:00 am
Register online: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqcOqurz8vG9Aj54KUNPIIMRoflL0SqOMQ#/registration

Pre-Application Information
Timeline:
- September 8: Dissemination of NOFO flyer announcing the 2024/25 Competitive AmeriCorps Grants competition. NOFO goes live on the NJ DOS website
- September 22: General Technical Assistance Session via ZOOM. Live at 10:00 am. Session will be recorded and available at the NJ Department of State AmeriCorps grants website within 24 hours. Mandatory for Competitive applicants.
- October 5: Technical Assistance Session on Evidence, Logic Models and Performance Measures via ZOOM. 10:00 am. Recorded session will be posted on NJ DOS website within 24 hours. Mandatory for Competitive applicants.
- October 27: Notice of Intent to Apply due to Commission. Click title to submit Notice.
- November 8: Competitive applications due to Commission on eGrants by 4:00 pm EST.
- November 13: CREEHS, Staff and Independent Readers review of applications and budgets are begun.
- November 27: Competitive Applications Reader Arena 11A via ZOOM. Arena scores & final rankings.
- December 1: Notification of Competitive Applicants selected for submission to national competition. Staff and reader revisions requested for applications recommended for national competition.
- December 7: Final revisions from applicants due back in eGrants.
- December 11: Final staff review on revisions.
- December 19: NJ Commission board vote on selected applicants.
- December 22: NJ Commission target date for submission of Competitive packages to AmeriCorps.
- January 4, 2024: FY24.25 ACNJ Competitive applications due to ASN by 5PM EST
- Mid-April 2024: Successful Competitive applicants to be notified by AmeriCorps National.
- Mid-July 2024: Successful Competitive applicants to be issued awards.

Term of Contract
The NJ Commission is offering the opportunity to compete for a three-year cycle of Competitive AmeriCorps programs. Awards from this Competitive NOFO will implement the first year of the program which runs from September 1, 2024 to August 31, 2025.

For New or Re-competing applications, this is Year 1 of 3 of a multi-year grant period covering the following funding periods:
- Year 1: September 1, 2024 to August 31, 2025
- Year 2: September 1, 2025 to August 31, 2026
- Year 3: September 1, 2026 to August 31, 2027

Contact Information
Notice of Intent to Apply: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=0cN2UAI4n0uzauCkG9ZCp3nKWZMdZhBCjUZFCMJE6apUM08zTzMzSFFXRFY1WEZONFhKUDFFM1VUNi4u

Apply online: https://egrants.cns.gov/espan/main/login.jsp

Additional Documents may be e-mailed to AmeriCorps.NJ@sos.nj.gov.

New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service
P.O. Box 456
Trenton, NJ 08625
609-633-9627

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