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RFP #1090

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New York State AmeriCorps 2022-2023 Formula Pool

New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and New York State Commission on National and Community Service


Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #149075

Grant Description

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Contracts for services to New York public and private nonprofit organizations, including government entities, IHEs, faith-based and community organizations, and Tribes, to enhance the impact of community service. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Some applicants must prequalify prior to submitting a proposal. Priority areas include Coronavirus (COVID-19) relief and recovery, and older adults. Preference will be given to proposals that serve in one or more of the following seven underserved regions: Central New York, Southern Tier, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Capital District, Hudson Valley, and Long Island.

Applicants must focus on one (1) or more of the six (6) focus areas identified by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. These focus areas are the following:

  1. Disaster services
  2. Economic opportunity
  3. Education
  4. Environmental stewardship
  5. Healthy futures
  6. Veterans and military families

To maximize the impact of the public investment in national service, the Commission will recommend applications for funding that demonstrate community impact and the ability to solve community problems using an evidence-based or evidence-informed approach (e.g., performance data, research, Theory of Change).

Most awards made under this RFP have two components:

  1. Operating funds; and
  2. AmeriCorps member positions

More about the funding types can be found at https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/contracts/funding/RFP1090/RFP1090-AmeriCorps.pdf#page=15.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

New York State AmeriCorps subgrants are awarded to public or private nonprofit organizations (including faith-based), other community organizations, Native American tribes, institutions of higher education, local governments, state agencies or other non-federal governmental entities within states or territories (e.g., cities, counties), labor organizations, partnerships and consortia, and intermediaries that will operate solely in New York State.

Non-Allowable Costs: https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/contracts/funding/RFP1090/RFP1090-AmeriCorps.pdf#page=46.

Additional Geographic Information:

For more information about priority geographic regions, see https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/contracts/funding/RFP1066/RFP1066-AmeriCorps-2021-2022-Formula.pdf#page=44.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Programmatic/Technical Informational Meeting Sessions:

The Commission is committed to providing the most current application information available and relies primarily on the New Yorkers Volunteer website (http://www.newyorkersvolunteer.ny.gov/) to keep applicants abreast of changes. It is the applicant’s responsibility to monitor this website frequently for training and technical assistance resources, updates to the application process, and other information.

Additionally, two (2) optional informational sessions will be held on the following dates:
- Programmatic and Evidence Informational Meeting Session (optional): 4/7/2022 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
- Technical Informational Meeting Session (optional): 4/7/2022 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

To join for both video and audio conference:
- Programmatic and Evidence Info Session: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/j.php?MTID=me04b5cd6fc5cbe0516f081b1653f3f6e
- Technical Info Session: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/j.php?MTID=m521ab056cbdd55b1eb372bd21a2b5f25
Password: AmeriCorps2022

To join for audio conference only
Call in Number: (518) 549-0500
Participant Code:
- Programmatic and Evidence Info Session: 161 006 6424
- Technical Info Session: 161 873 5377

The Programmatic and Evidence Informational Meeting Session will cover general AmeriCorps and National Service Programmatic information along with Evidence Information.

The Technical Requirements Informational Meeting Session will cover the details of the application process, including basic eGrants navigation and use.

Note: Before these sessions, participants are strongly advised to read this RFP.

Pre-Application Information:

Calendar of Events:
- Issuance of Request for Proposals: 3/31/2022
- Programmatic and Evidence Informational Meeting Session (optional): 4/7/2022 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
- Technical Informational Meeting Session (optional): 4/7/2022 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
- Deadline for Submission of Written Questions: 4/13/2022 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Recommended Date to Request to Submit Additional Projects and Deadline to Prequalify in the Grants Gateway : 4/15/2022 by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
- Responses to Written Questions Posted On or about 4/20/2022
- Deadline for Submission of Proposals in eGrants and New York State Supporting Documents: 5/6/2022 by 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
- Deadline for Proof of SAM registration: 5/16/2022 by 4:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Anticipated Notification of Award: No earlier than 06/17/2022
- Anticipated Contract Start Date: No earlier than 9/1/2022

Non-profit applicants are strongly encouraged to prequalify in the Grants Gateway by the date specified in the table above in the Calendar of Events, and MUST prequalify by the deadline for submission of proposals in eGrants.

Proof of SAM Registration: To meet this requirement, all applicants must submit either 1) proof of registration with an active SAM registration, or 2) documentation (an electronic copy of a receipt, screen shot or other documentation) that your organization has applied for SAM registration. This proof must be emailed to staff.gov by the deadline for proof of SAM Registration as indicated above.

Applications may be structured on either a cost reimbursement or full-cost fixed-amount basis.

There is no match requirement for fixed-amount grants. AmeriCorps does not provide all the funds necessary to operate a fixed-amount grant program; therefore, organizations should raise the additional revenue required to operate the program.

Cost Reimbursement Grants: Applicants are required to match funds based on the chart at https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/contracts/funding/RFP1090/RFP1090-AmeriCorps.pdf#page=28. The applicant’s match can be non-AmeriCorps cash and/or in-kind contributions. Applicants must indicate whether the match is proposed or secured. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to meet the match requirement at the time of application submission.

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

The Commission will recommend funding a single organization or agency, or multiple organizations or agencies to establish and administer an AmeriCorps program or programs.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Planning grants are awarded for an amount of no more than $50,000 or less per program.

Term of Contract:

Awards in response to this RFP for new or recompeting grants will result in multiyear contracts for a term of no more than thirty-nine (39) months from the contract start date, which consists of three (3) 15-month contract periods.

Please Note: Planning grants are awarded for a maximum of one (1) contract period of twelve (12) months or less.

Contact Information:

Apply Online:
https://egrants.cns.gov/espan/main/login.jsp

All inquiries concerning this procurement must be addressed to the director of contracts in the Procurement Unit or their designee(s) at OCFS, via email (preferred) to AmeriCorpsRFP@ocfs.ny.gov or via hard copy mailed to:
Director of Contracts
Questions for RFP# 1090 New York State AmeriCorps 2022-2023 Formula Pool
New York State Office of Children and Family Services
52 Washington Street
Room 202S – Procurement Unit
Rensselaer, NY 12144

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