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New Jersey AmeriCorps Competitive Grants

Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits, IHEs, LEAs, and Agencies
to Employ Volunteer Staff for Community Services

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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New Jersey Department of State and New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service

Conf. Date:

03/20/20

LOI Date:

04/08/20

Deadline Date:

04/20/20 4:00 PM Electronic Submissions; Submit hard copies by 4/22/20.

Description:

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Grants to New Jersey nonprofit organizations, LEAs, IHEs, government agencies, and labor organizations to employ volunteer staff to carry out community services. Applicants must attend a technical assistance session and submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to increase civic engagement and improve communities by deploying AmeriCorps members to provide services in the six focus areas identified in the Serve America Act.

These focus areas are: 

  • Disaster Services such as: Assistance Provided in Disaster Preparation, Response, Recovery and/or Mitigation, or other applicant determined objective.
  • Economic Opportunity such as: Financial Literacy, Housing, Employment, or other applicant determined objective.
  • Education such as: School Readiness, K-12 Success, Post High School Education Support, Teacher Corps, or other Education applicant determined objective.
  • Environmental Stewardship such as: At-Risk Ecosystems. Energy Efficiency, Awareness and Stewardship, Green Jobs or other applicant determined objective.
  • Healthy Futures such as: Aging in Place, Obesity and Food, Access to Care, or other applicant determined objective.
  • Veterans and Military Families such as: Veterans and Families Served or other applicant determined objective.

Applicants should 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). 

Programs may engage members full-time or less than full-time. Full-time members must serve at least 1700 hours during a period of not less than nine months and not more than one year. Reduced Full-time members must serve at least 1200 hours. Half-time members must serve at least 900 hours during a period of one year as indicated in the approved budget. No member can serve less than 300 hours during a one-year period. Programs may propose at least 300 hours for minimum-time, at least 450 hours for quarter-time, and at least 675 hours for reduced half-time members based on the program design.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139958

Term of Contract:

Expansions for Continuation Grants will be possible this year.

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, 2020 to August 31, 2021
- Year 2 September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022
- Year 3 September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2022

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.

Tribal organizations that are controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by federally recognized Indian Tribes are also eligible to apply.

New applicants are eligible to apply for Cost Reimbursement and Education Award Program (EAP) grants but are not eligible to apply for Full-Time Fixed Amount grants.

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 ©(4), that engages in lobbying activities is not eligible to apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attendance at one of the following NOFO Technical Assistance Sessions is required in order to submit an application.

March 6: Formula NOFO Technical Assistance Session, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at:
Campbell Soup Company
1 Campbell Place
Camden, NJ

March 10: Formula NOFO Technical Assistance Session, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, at:
NJ Community Development Corporation Youth Center
52 Front Street
Paterson, NJ

March 20: Technical Assistance Session on Theory of Change, Evidence, Logic Models and Performance Measures, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. (Parking on street or visitor’s parking at State House Garage. Lunch provided) at:
NJ Department of State
33 West State Street, 4th Floor
Trenton, NJ

Pre-registration is requested. Please contact Ivette Ramos to register. Registrants requiring special accommodations for the Technical Assistance Workshops should identify their needs at the time of registration.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must send a Notice of Intent to Apply by Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The application deadline is April 20, 2020 by 4:00 PM. Full applications must be submitted through eGrants.

Timeline:
- Feb. 2: Dissemination of NOFO flyer announcing the 2020 Formula competition. NOFO goes live on the NJ DOS website.
- Feb. 19: Target date for confirmation of three panel readers.
- Mar. 6: Formula NOFO Technical Assistance Session at Campbell Soup Company
- Mar. 10: Formula NOFO Technical Assistance Session at NJ Community Development Corporation Youth Center
- Mar. 20: Technical Assistance Session on Theory of Change, Evidence, Logic Models and Performance Measures.
- April 8: Notice of Intent to Apply due to Commission
- April 20: Formula applications due to Commission on eGrants by 4:00 pm.
- April 21: Hard copies of applications due to Commission. Staff review of applications and budgets are begun
- April 22 (tent.): Technical Assistance session for readers at NJDOS. Independent reader review begins.
- May 12-14 (tent.): Reader Arena Session a NJDOS. Arena scores and final rankings.
- May 15: Notification of applicants selected and Reader revisions requested for applications recommended for funding
- May 22: Revisions due back to Commission
- May 26 (tent.): Commission board vote on selected applicants
- May 28: NJ Commission target date for submission of Formula package to CNCS. Applications must be submitted to the corresponding NJ Commission Prime application on eGrants.

Cost Sharing or Matching:

Fixed Amount Grants: There is no match requirement for Fixed Amount grants. CNCS does not provide all the funds necessary to operate the program; therefore organizations should raise the additional revenue required to operate the program.

Cost Reimbursement Grants: Applicants are required to match funds. The applicant’s match can be federal or non-federal cash and/or in-kind contributions. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to meet the match requirement at the time of application submission. A first-time successful applicant is required to match at 24 percent for the first three-year funding period.

For additional information about cost sharing or matching, see:
https://www.nj.gov/state/assets/pdf/volunteer/2020-2021-competitive-nofo-0420.pdf#page=14

Applicants must have a valid DUNS number and be registered with SAM.gov prior to applying. CNCS suggests that applicants finalize a new registration or renew an existing one at least three weeks before the application deadline, to allow time to resolve any issues that may arise.
To request a DUNS number: https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/
To register with SAM: http://www.sam.gov/

Contact Information:

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

To apply: https://egrants.cns.gov/espan/main/login.jsp

To pre-register for a technical assistance session, call 609-633-9627 or e-mail Ivette.Ramos@sos.nj.gov.

Submit the Notice of Intent to Ivette Ramos at the email address above.

Send hard copies of the application to:
NJ Commission on National and Community Service – AmeriCorps
NJ Department of State PO Box 456, 4th floor
33 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625
ATTN: Ivette Del Rio Ramos

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