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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:

10/06/20

LOI Date:

11/05/20

Deadline Date:

11/17/20 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to New Jersey nonprofits, LEAs, IHEs, agencies, and labor organizations to address critical local concerns through community action and volunteer efforts. 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. 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. Beginning this program year, CNCS has also created a new 100 hour abbreviated term.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139958

Term of Contract:

Awards from this Competitive NOFO will implement the first year of the program which runs from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022.

Expansions for Continuation Grants will be possible this year. It should be noted that, in practice, CNCS has not granted expansion grants during the last two years.

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, 2021 to August 31, 2022
Year 2 September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023
Year 3 September 1, 2023 to August 31, 2024

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.

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:

Virtual attendance (live or recorded viewing) at both the General Technical assistance session and the Theory of Change sessions are required in order to be considered for funding. The live sessions will take place as follows after which there will be recordings on the Department of State AmeriCorps Funding website:

- General NOFO Session—Thursday, October 1, 10:00 am– 12 noon.

- Theory of Change, Evidence and Logic Models—Tuesday, October 6, 10:00 am—12 noon

For live session links, register via e-mail to Ivette Ramos. FAQs will be posted on the website and updated at the end of each week.

Pre-Application Information:

Submission of a Notice of Intent to Apply is requested and is due Thursday, November 12, 2020. Applications must be submitted electronically on eGrants no later than 4:00 PM on Tuesday, Novermber 17, 2020.

Timeline:
- September 23: Dissemination of NOFO flyer announcing the 2021 AmeriCorps Competitive competition. NOFO goes live on the NJ DOS website.
- October 1: Target date for confirmation of three panel readers.
- October 1: NOFO Technical Assistance Session via ZOOM. Live at 10:00 am. Link to be sent upon registration. Session will be recorded and available at the NJ Department of State AmeriCorps grants website.
- October 6: Technical Assistance Session on Theory of Change, Evidence, Logic Models and Performance Measures via ZOOM. 10:00 am. Link to be sent upon registration.
- November 5: Notice of Intent to Apply due to Commission
- November 17: Competitive applications due to Commission on eGrants by 4:00 pm.
- November 18: Send applications to be reviewed by CREEHS
- November 28: Staff review of applications and budgets are begun
- November 24: Technical Assistance session for readers via ZOOM. Independent reader review begins.
- December 3 or 4: Reader Arena Session via ZOOM. Arena scores and final rankings.
- December 7 or 8: Notification of applicants selected and Reader revisions requested for applications recommended for funding
- December 21: Revisions due back from applicants
- December 22: Commission board vote on selected applicants
- December 31 (actual due date is January 6): NJ Commission target date for submission of Formula package to CNCS.

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. Starting with year four, the match requirement gradually increases every year to 50 percent by year ten.

For additional information about cost sharing or matching, see:
https://www.nj.gov/state/assets/pdf/volunteer/2021-2022-competitive-nofo-0928.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.

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

Please e-mail Ivette.Ramos@sos.nj.gov to register for a zoom link to the technical assistance sessions.

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

NJ Commission on National and Community Service
P.O. Box 456
Trenton, NJ 08625

Tel.: 609-633-9627

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