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City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Program

Grants to USA Cities to Revitalize
Low-Income Neighborhoods

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Grants of $30,000 to USA cities to build and implement sustainable, high-impact plans to revitalize low-income neighborhoods through volunteer and organizational support. Informational sessions will be held on October 22 and November 5. Cities will receive support of financial and human capital to assist in the planning and implementation of the initiative.

The Cities of Service City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Program is a competitive grant opportunity available to mayors that supports implementation of neighborhood revitalization initiatives based on Love Your Block, one of Cities of Service's most tested and popular blueprints. Cities of Service will provide both financial and human capital support to six cities for up to three years, including a $30,000 grant and two City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA members to support the planning and implementation of Love Your Block initiatives in low-income neighborhoods.

The planning portion of the grant will support a six-month process that engages key community stakeholders to identify (1) the health and safety needs of the community, (2) best practices and strategies for addressing these needs using the Love Your Block blueprint, and (3) impact metrics to measure the success of the initiative.

The implementation portion of the grant will provide the resources necessary to carry out Love Your Block, including mini-grants to support volunteer activities and testing of the strategies developed during the planning process. As part of this process, the AmeriCorps VISTA members will help mayors build capacity, engage community members, and develop plans to sustain and scale best practices.

Cities will receive a $30,000 grant from Cities of Service for the planning and implementation of the program. Cities will be able to allocate up to $5,000 for the strategic planning process of the grant and must submit a planning budget to Cities of Service as part of the application process. Cities selected to participate in the program must submit another budget after completion of the strategic planning process for the $25,000 implementation portion of the grant.

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GrantWatch ID#: 148160

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Up to 3 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications must be submitted by the city’s Office of the Mayor. All Cities of Service coalition cities in the United States with a population over 50,000 are eligible to apply for the Cities of Service City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Program (provided that they also meet the additional requirements listed).

Any city not yet a part of the coalition but interested in applying for this program can join the coalition by having their mayor sign the Declaration of Service (through this, mayors pledge to develop a service plan and strategy, work with other mayors to advance best practices, and encourage other mayors to join this national effort). The Cities of Service Recruit Your Mayor guide provides step-by-step instructions for making a compelling case to a mayor to join the coalition.

A city will only be eligible to apply if their mayor’s term of office and/or their mayor’s eligibility to run for re-election extends through the duration of the program (end date anticipated to be June 2018). It is important to note that if the mayor is eligible for additional terms of office but has publicly declared that they will not be running for re-election, the city will not be eligible to apply for this program.

Cities must have an up-to-date citywide service plan or commit to creating or updating its service plan within the first year of the grant.

Cities will only be eligible to host VISTA members if they are in good standing with the Corporation for National and Community Service. The VISTA project also must focus on a poverty-related need.

Funds may not be used to pay the salary or benefits of a Chief Service Officer or city lead nor may they be used to hire new city staff; however, funds can be used to cover a portion of the salary or benefits of other existing city staff who will support the program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Two informational webinars will be held for interested applicants. Please pre-register for the time that works best for you; it is not necessary to attend both webinars as similar information will be presented on both dates.

Wednesday, October 22
12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Wednesday, November 5
2:00 – 3:00 PM EST

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Pre-Application Information:

The full application is due no later than Friday, November 21, 2014. The full application must be submitted online through the Cities of Service application portal.

Cities must complete the Eligibility Survey as a prerequisite for gaining access to the application for this grant:

Once a city’s eligibility has been confirmed, Cities of Service will notify the applicant and provide instructions for accessing the application.

Contact Information:

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

All questions regarding the Cities of Service City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Program should be directed to

Karen Dahl
(646) 324-8397

Cities of Service
120 Park Avenue, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10017

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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