Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
01/17/18 5:00 PM ET
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and IHEs to support volunteer staff members carrying out a broad range of community services. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an Intent to Apply notification by December 13.
The mission of CNCS is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic participation through service and volunteering. Through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, CNCS has helped to engage millions of citizens in meeting community and national challenges through service and volunteer action.
AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or 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 from the National Service Trust that members can use to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans.
CNCS Focus Areas:
The National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended by the Serve America Act, emphasizes measuring the impact of service and focusing on a core set of issue areas. In order to carry out Congress’ intent and to maximize the impact of investment in national service, CNCS has the following focus areas:
Grant activities will provide support to increase the preparedness of individuals for disasters, improve individuals’ readiness to respond to disasters, help individuals recover from disasters, and/or help individuals mitigate disasters. Grantees also have the ability to respond to national disasters under CNCS cooperative agreements and FEMA mission assignments.
Grants will provide support and/or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to the improved economic well-being and security of economically disadvantaged people; help economically disadvantaged people, to have improved access to services that enhance financial literacy; transition into or remain in safe, healthy, affordable housing; and/or have improved employability leading to increased success in becoming employed.
Grants will provide support and/or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to improved educational outcomes for economically disadvantaged children; improved school readiness for economically disadvantaged young children; improved educational and behavioral outcomes of students in low-achieving elementary, middle, and high schools; and/or support economically disadvantaged students prepare for success in post-secondary educational institutions.
Grants will support responsible stewardship of the environment, while preparing communities for challenging circumstances and helping Americans respond to and recover from disruptive life events: programs that conserve natural habitats; protect clean air and water; maintain public lands; support wildland fire mitigation; cultivate individual and community self-sufficiency; provide reforestation services after floods or fires; and more. AmeriCorps programs support activities, such as conservation and fire corps, which may also help veterans and others learn new job skills through conservation service.
Grants will provide support for activities that will improve access to primary and preventive health care for communities served by CNCS-supported programs; increase seniors’ ability to remain in their own homes with the same or improved quality of life for as long as possible; and/or increase physical activity and improve nutrition in youth with the purpose of reducing childhood obesity.
Veterans and Military Families:
Grants will positively impact the quality of life of veterans and improve military family strength; increase the number of veterans, wounded warriors, military service members, and their families served by CNCS-supported programs; and/or increase the number of veterans and military family members engaged in service through CNCS-supported programs.
CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in the following areas:
-Disaster Services - improving community resiliency through disaster preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation
-Economic Opportunity - increasing economic opportunities for communities by engaging opportunity youth, either as the population served and/or as AmeriCorps members, to prepare them for the workforce
-Education - improving student academic performance in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics (STEM)
-Healthy Futures - reducing and/or preventing prescription drug and opioid abuse
-Veterans and Military Families - positively impacting the quality of life of veterans and improving military family strength
-Governor and Mayor Initiatives
-Rural intermediaries - organizations that demonstrate measureable impact and primarily serve communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure.
-Safer Communities - programs that focus on public safety, preventing and mitigating civil unrest, and/or partnerships between law enforcement and the community
-Evidence Based Intervention Planning Grants
-Encore Programs - programs that engage Americans age 55 and older
In order to receive priority consideration for submitting an application within a Notice priority(ies), applicants must demonstrate that the priority area is a significant part of the program focus and intended outcomes and must include a high quality program design. Responses that propose programs for the purpose of receiving priority consideration are not guaranteed funding.
All applications must include at least one aligned performance measure (output and outcome) that corresponds to the proposed primary intervention. This may be a National Performance Measure or an applicant-determined measure. Additional performance measures, including output-only National Performance Measures, may also be included if desired; however, all performance measures must be consistent with the program’s Theory of Change and represent significant program activities. CNCS does not expect applicants to select performance measures to correspond to each and every potential member activity or community impact. CNCS values the quality of performance measures over the quantity of performance measures.
CNCS expects applicants to use National Performance Measures as part of their comprehensive performance measurement strategy if the National Performance Measures are part of the applicant’s theory of change. Applicants should use both performance and evaluation data to learn from their work as well as make tactical and strategic adjustments to achieve their goals.
As described in the Application Instructions, applicants must include all information about their proposed performances measure in the Performance Measure section of the applications in CNCS’s web-based grants management system (the system). All definitions and data collection requirements described in the National Performance Measure Instructions must be included in the text of the performance measures themselves, and it must be evident in the performance measure text that all definitions and requirements outlined in the National Performance Measures Instructions are met. Providing performance measures information elsewhere in the narrative cannot be in lieu of providing full information in the Performance Measures section of the application in CNCS’s web-based grant management system.
In the application narrative, applicants should discuss their rationale for setting output and outcome targets for their performance measures. Recompeting applicants proposing to significantly increase or decrease output or outcome targets from their previous grant should provide a justification for this change.
Grant awards have two components: operating funds and AmeriCorps member positions. Grant award amounts vary – both in the level of operating funds and in the type and amount of AmeriCorps member positions – as determined by the scope of the projects.
AmeriCorps Operating Grants: CNCS may award a Cost Reimbursement or a Fixed Amount grant to any successful applicant, but the availability of a Full-Time Fixed Amount grant is limited to certain applicants. CNCS will not provide both types of grants for the same project in one fiscal year.
Evidence Based Intervention Planning Grants: CNCS is seeking applications for planning grants that will be used to develop national service models that seek to integrate members in innovative ways into evidence-based interventions. For example, in the Economic Opportunity focus area applicants could explore how to adapt social enterprise, workforce partnership, supportive housing, or financial literacy program models. Alternatively, applicants could propose taking an evidence-based practice such as motivational interviewing and training AmeriCorps members to apply these skills in ways that could improve individual economic or health outcomes.
GrantWatch ID#: 148449
The project period is generally one year, with a start date proposed by the applicant. The grant award covers a three-year project period unless otherwise specified. In most cases, the application is submitted with a one-year budget. Continuation funding for subsequent years is not guaranteed and shall be dependent upon availability of appropriations and satisfactory performance.
The project start date may not occur prior to the date CNCS awards the grant. AmeriCorps members may not enroll prior to the start date of the award. AmeriCorps members may not begin service prior to the beginning of the member enrollment period as designated in the grant award. A program may not certify any hours a member performs prior to the beginning of the member enrollment period.
The following Non-Federal entities (as defined in 2 CFR §200.69) who have DUNS numbers and are registered in System for Award Management (SAM) are eligible to apply:
-Indian Tribes (2 CFR §200.54)
-Institutions of higher education (2 CFR §200.54)
-Local governments (2 CFR §200.64)
-Nonprofit organizations (2 CFR §200.70)
-States (2 CFR §200.90)
CNCS encourages organizations that have not received prior funding from CNCS to apply. The general practice is to award at least 20 member positions (slots) but no more than 50 member positions (slots) to organizations receiving an AmeriCorps grant for the first time.
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. Existing subgrantees/operating sites of Fixed Amount and Cost Reimbursement grantees who can demonstrate a successful history and current capacity to manage a Fixed Amount grant are considered to have AmeriCorps experience and therefore can apply for Fixed Amount grants. See Mandatory Supplemental Guidance for more information.
Types of Applicants:
State and Territory Service Commissions (for Single-State Applicants):
Organizations that propose to operate in only one state must apply through the Governor-appointed State or Territory Commissions. Each commission administers its own selection process and submits the applications it selects to compete for funding directly to CNCS. Single-State applicants must contact their Commissions to learn about their state or territory processes and deadlines which may be significantly earlier than the CNCS deadlines and may have additional requirements. The list of Commissions can be found here: http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/contact-us/state- service-commissions. A Single-State application from a State or Territory with a Commission that is submitted directly to CNCS by the applicant rather than the Commission will be considered noncompliant and will not be reviewed. See the Mandatory Supplemental Guidance for descriptions of National Direct and Single-State applicants.
National Direct Applicants:
Multi-State: Organizations that propose to operate AmeriCorps programs in more than one State or Territory apply directly to CNCS.
States and Territories without Commissions: Applicants in South Dakota, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands apply directly to CNCS because this State and these Territories do not have an established Commission.
Federally-recognized Indian Tribes: Applicants that are Indian Tribes apply directly to CNCS. In addition to Indian Tribes as defined in 2 CFR §200.54, tribal organizations controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by Indian Tribes are also eligible to apply. An entity applying on behalf of a federally-recognized tribe or multiple specific federally-recognized tribes must submit a sanctioning resolution, applicable for the entirety of the period of performance that the applicant is applying for, adopted by the Tribal Council (or comparable tribal governing body) of each Indian Tribe. The resolution(s) must identify the entity by name as a tribal organization and indicate whether it is controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by an Indian Tribe(s). It must authorize the entity to be the legal applicant and act on behalf of and include the Indian Tribe(s) in a CNCS application for the purpose of conducting the activities and providing the services described in the application. A current resolution will not suffice to meet this requirement unless the resolution applies for the entire period of performance of the award, i.e., current resolutions that are applicable to a previous AmeriCorps award at the time of the application submission, but expire during the prospective period of performance of a new award, do not meet this requirement.
In addition to being eligible to apply under this Notice, federally-recognized Indian Tribes will also be eligible to apply for operating or planning grants under a separate Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity for Indian Tribes to be released later in the Winter with an application deadline in the Spring. CNCS may request applicants apply under the Tribal competition, rather than under this Notice.
Applications should reflect that they meet the following threshold requirements for the grant type for which they are applying.
-All applicants should request at least 20 member slots. New and recompeting applicants with less than 20 members will be deemed noncompliant and will not be reviewed. For State Commissions, “application” refers to each submitted sub-application, not a commission prime application.
-Professional Corps applicants and/or applicants determined to be a Professional Corps by CNCS must demonstrate that the community in which it will place AmeriCorps members serving as professionals has an inadequate number of said professionals.
-Applications for a Full-Time Fixed Amount grant must reflect that only full-time or less than full-time positions serving in a full-time capacity.
-Applications for the Governor and Mayor Initiative must clearly reflect that they are from one Governor, one or more Mayors, and a minimum of two nonprofits.
-If the proposed service activities require specialized member qualifications and/or training (for example, tutoring programs: 45 CFR §2522.910-.940), the applicant must describe how the program will meet these requirements.
Under section 132A(b) of the NCSA, organizations that have been convicted of a federal crime may not receive assistance described in this Notice.
Note that under section 745 of Title VII, Division E of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, if CNCS is aware that any corporation has any unpaid Federal tax liability which:
-Has been assessed,
-For which all judicial and administrative remedies have been exhausted or have lapsed, and
-That is not being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement with the authority responsible for collecting the tax liability, that corporation is not eligible for an award under this Notice.4 A similar restriction may be enacted with the appropriation which will fund awards under this Notice. However, this exclusion will not apply to a corporation which a federal agency has considered for suspension or debarment and has made a determination that suspension or debarment is not necessary to protect the interest of the federal government
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 for CNCS funding.
Below is the schedule of the upcoming technical assistance calls. All calls will be recorded and the replay number will be posted within one business day. All recordings will be available through January 18, 2018. Please note that participants are encouraged to review several recommended materials prior to each call and to prepare questions in advance. Each call will include a Q&A portion. You can also send questions in advance to the email address listed below, and staff will make sure to cover them during each call.
2018 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition - Overview:
For an overview of the 2018 AmeriCorps State and National Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), the application timeline, or other general questions about AmeriCorps and the grant competition. Participants are encouraged to review the following materials before the call: 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO); 2018 Mandatory Supplemental Guidance; Intro to AmeriCorps State and National; AmeriCorps Key Terms; and Intro to AmeriCorps Members.
2018 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition - Program Management and Design:
For questions including appropriate AmeriCorps member service activities, staffing for the program, grantee responsibilities, or any other question related to program design or program management. Participants are encouraged to review the following materials before the call: 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO); 2018 Mandatory Supplemental Guidance; Categories of AmeriCorps Grants; and AmeriCorps Program Management and Design.
2018 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition - Selection Criteria:
For questions about the AmeriCorps grant application selection criteria, grant review process, or any other questions that need to be addressed in order to complete your application. Participants are encouraged to review the following materials before the call: 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and 2018 Mandatory Supplemental Guidance.
2018 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition - Best Practices in Budget Development:
For guidance about how to create a compliant grant budget for an AmeriCorps program. Participants are encouraged to review the "Developing and Managing Your Budget" and "Preparing the Grant Budget for AmeriCorps Programs" online courses before the webinar. The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, October 19, 2017, 1:00 PM EST.
2018 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition - Best Practices in Developing Performance Measures:
For guidance about how to create high-quality performance measures that align with an applicant's program design and meet AmeriCorps requirements. Participants are encouraged to review the "Overview of Performance Measurement" and "High Quality Performance Measures" online courses before the webinar. The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 1:00 PM EST.
2018 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition - Best Practices in Demonstrating Evidence:
For guidance about how to identify a program's level of evidence and support it with relevant data, studies, and/or evaluation reports. Participants are encouraged to review the 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and "Reporting and Using Evaluation Results" online course before the webinar. The workshop is scheduled for Monday, October 30, 2017, 1:00 PM EST.
2018 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition - Elements of a Successful AmeriCorps State & National Application:
This call will provide potential applicants with information on the “do’s” and “don’ts” of a successful AmeriCorps application. It will cover strategies for developing and submitting an AmeriCorps application and will provide participants with an opportunity to ask questions. Participants are encouraged to review the 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), Mandatory Supplemental Guidance, and Application Instructions before the call. The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, November 9, 2017, 1:00 PM EST.
2018 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition - 2018 AmeriCorps State & National NOFO Priorities:
This call will provide information and discussion around the following 2018 NOFO priority areas: Disaster Services, Healthy Futures (reducing and/or preventing prescription drug and opioid abuse), and Rural Intermediaries. Learn more about submitting a successful grant application in these areas. Participants are encouraged to review the 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), Mandatory Supplemental Guidance, and Application Instructions before the call. The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14, 2017; 1:00 PM EST.
2018 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition - Evidence-Based Interventions Planning Grants:
For questions about the Evidence-Based Interventions Planning Grants. Participants are encouraged to review the 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), Mandatory Supplemental Guidance, and Application Instructions before the call. The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15, 2017; 2:00 PM EST.
Fixed Amount Grants: There is no specific 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: 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, according to the minimum overall share chart found in 45 CFR §2521.60 and below.
Applications must include a DUNS number and an Employer Identification Number. CNCS recommends registering at least 30 days before the application due date.
After obtaining a DUNS number, all applicants must register with the SAM and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete and, if a grant is awarded, throughout the life of the award. SAM registration must be renewed annually. CNCS suggests finalizing a new registration or renewing an existing one at least two weeks before the application deadline to allow time to resolve any issues that may arise.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a Notification of Intent to Apply for this competition. Notifications of Intent to Apply should be submitted by Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
Single-State applicants should provide this information directly to the State or Territory Commission (Commission) in the state in which the applicant intends to operate the program, not to CNCS. The Commissions’ deadlines are earlier than this deadline. See Types of Applicants section for definitions of National Direct and Single-State applicants.
Applications are due Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time to CNCS.
Single-state applicant deadlines to Commissions may be significantly before the CNCS deadlines, so prospective state applicants should contact the Commission in the state or territory where they intend to apply as early as possible.
The list of Commissions can be found here:
Successful applicants will be notified by Monday, May 15, 2018.
Webinar recordings will be available through January 18, 2018.
View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
2018 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition - Overview:
2018 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition: Program Management and Design
2018 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition - Selection Criteria:
2018 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition - Best Practices in Budget Development (October 19):
-Click here to register and receive call information: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TACall_10-19-17
-Join the live webinar: https://meet.lync.com/cnsgov/spetrowski/KD5JBNWJ?sl=1
-Alternative dial in: 866-670-8282
2018 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition - Best Practices in Developing Performance Measures (October 25):
-Click here to register and receive call information: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TACall_10-25-17
-Join the live webinar: https://meet.lync.com/cnsgov/spetrowski/78PGWM00?sl=1
-Alternative dial in: 866-670-8282
2018 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition - Best Practices in Demonstrating Evidence (October 30):
-Click here to register and receive call information: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TACall_10-30-17
-Join the live webinar: https://meet.lync.com/cnsgov/spetrowski/0RPJSBKH?sl=1
-Alternative dial in: 866-670-8282
2018 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition - Elements of a Successful AmeriCorps State & National Application (November 9):
-Click here to register and receive call information: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TACall_11-09-17
-Join the live webinar: https://meet.lync.com/cnsgov/spetrowski/P8YJM4Q6?sl=1
-Alternative dial in: 866-670-8282
2018 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition - 2018 AmeriCorps State & National NOFO Priorities (November 14):
-Click here to register and receive call information: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TACall_11-14-17
-Dial in: 888-324-8574
2018 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition - Evidence-Based Interventions Planning Grants (November 15, 2017):
-Click here to register and receive call information: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TACall_11-15-17
-Dial in: 888-324-8574
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