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Grants to USA States, Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and IHEs for Volunteer Services to Benefit Communities

AmeriCorps State and National Grants


Agency
Federal

GrantWatch ID#
148449

Funding Source
AmeriCorps
CFDA Number: 94.006
Funding or PIN Number: AC-08-18-23
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
All USA
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/04/24 5:00 PM ET Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA states, territories, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and IHEs to employ volunteer staff to carry out a broad range of community services. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting an application. Funding is available as cost reimbursement grants or as fixed cost grants.

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 that they can use to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans.

AmeriCorps State and National seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in the following areas:

  • 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 and 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 bridgebuilding programs and projects to reduce polarization and community divisions; and providing training in civic bridgebuilding 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

Eligibility
  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The following non-Federal entities (all of which are defined in 2 CFR 200.1) are eligible to
apply:
- Indian Tribes
- Institutions of higher education
- Local governments, including school districts
- Nonprofit organizations
- State Service Commissions
- States and US Territories

AmeriCorps encourages organizations that have not received prior funding from AmeriCorps to apply (e.g. small community based organizations, faith based organizations, etc.).

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

AmeriCorps may award Operating Grants, including a Cost Reimbursement or a Fixed Amount grant, to any successful applicant, but the availability of a Full-Cost Fixed Amount grant is limited to certain applicants.

For further information on types of applicants, see https://americorps.gov/sites/default/files/document/1%20FY%202024%20ASN%20Competitve%20-%20FINAL.508.pdf#page=8.

Other eligibility requirements: https://americorps.gov/sites/default/files/document/1%20FY%202024%20ASN%20Competitve%20-%20FINAL.508.pdf#page=11

Ineligible
Professional Corps applicants are ineligible to receive Cost Reimbursement grants.

Pre-Proposal Conference
AmeriCorps is hosting technical assistance webinars for applicants to answer questions about the funding opportunity and eGrants. AmeriCorps strongly encourages all applicants participate in these sessions.

Information Sessions:

September 13th (1pm ET)- AmeriCorps State and National 101: AmeriCorps overview and an overview of each of the FY24 AmeriCorps State and National NOFOs available. Register here: https://americorps.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_rVYrJkAiSN22roYTbYx3ng

September 19th (1pm ET)- FY24 AmeriCorps State and National Competitive NOFO Overview, Register here: https://americorps.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_d90IS7RHQO-XV3oEb0lHIQ

September 27th (1:30-2:30pm ET)- FY24 AmeriCorps State and National: Best Practices for Budget Development Office Hour, Register here: https://americorps.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_fFuT380eR6O7kyXsuY2kLw

September 28th (2pm-3:30pm ET)- FY24 AmeriCorps State and National Best Practices for Performance Measures, Register here: https://americorps.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_fFuT380eR6O7kyXsuY2kLw

Additional recorded technical assistance webinars will become available in mid-September.

Pre-Application Information
Important Dates
- Applications are due no later than Thursday, January 4, 2024 by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Single-state applicant deadlines to State Service Commissions may be significantly before the AmeriCorps deadlines, so prospective state applicants should contact the Commission in the state or territory where they intend to apply as early as possible.
- Successful applicants will be notified by mid April 2024.
- Successful applicants will be issued awards by mid July 2024.

Organizations that propose to operate in only one state must apply through the governor-appointed State or Territory Commissions. Each state and territory administers its own selection process and submits the applications it selects to compete for funding directly to AmeriCorps. State Commissions have their own application processes and may have additional requirements.

Applicants in South Dakota, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands apply directly to AmeriCorps because the state of South Dakota and these Territories do not have established Commissions.

Applicants must have a valid SAM registration and Unique Entity Identifier to receive an award. SAM registration must be renewed annually. AmeriCorps 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.

Cost Reimbursement Grants applicants are required to match funds. The applicant’s match can be non-AmeriCorps cash and/or in-kind contributions. 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.

Estimated Size of Grant
Award amounts will vary as determined by the scope of the projects.

For details on maximum costs, see https://www.americorps.gov/sites/default/files/document/ASN_FY2023_Competitve_Notice_508_072722.pdf#page=7.

Term of Contract
AmeriCorps anticipates making three-year grant awards. AmeriCorps generally makes an initial award for the first year of the period of performance, based on a one-year budget. Applicants must submit a one-year budget. Applicants may propose any program start date that aligns with their program design.

The period of performance may not be before July 1, 2024.

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

Additional documents must be emailed to AdditionalDocuments@cns.gov.

If you are having technical difficulties with creating an account or preparing or submitting the application in eGrants, please contact the AmeriCorps Hotline at (800) 942-2677 or via Questions (https://questions.americorps.gov/app/ask). For all other application questions, please contact AmeriCorpsGrants@cns.gov.

State Service Commission contacts: https://www.americorps.gov/contact/state-service-commissions

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