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New York State AmeriCorps 2021 Formula Pool

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Agencies to Enhance
the Impact of Volunteerism and Community Service

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

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04/28/21 4:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants 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 must complete required registrations and some applicants must prequalify prior to submitting a proposal. Priority areas include climate change, 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: Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Capital District, Hudson Valley, and Long Island.

The Commission administers the state’s AmeriCorps national service portfolio, which seeks to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteerism in New York State. The Commission promotes volunteerism and community service as methods to solve local problems.

AmeriCorps is a federally funded service program that provides citizens the opportunity to engage in full- or part-time service to their communities. New York State AmeriCorps subgrants are awarded to entities that 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: Disaster services; Economic opportunity; Education; Environmental stewardship; Healthy futures; and Veterans and military families.

Each of the organizations and agencies, in turn, is expected to use AmeriCorps funding to recruit, place, and supervise AmeriCorps members who engage in intensive service to address pressing community problems.

The New York State Commission on National and Community Service (hereafter “the Commission”) seeks applicants for 2021-22 AmeriCorps Formula grant funding. This Request for Proposal is for formula funding only. The purpose of this program is 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).

Awards made under this RFP have two components:

  1. Operating funds; and
  2. AmeriCorps member positions

Funding Priorities

To be consistent with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s outline of New York State goals in this post-COVID period, the Commission has adopted the following statewide funding priorities in response to historic challenges to New York State both in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the imperative for racial justice and equity. 

  • Leading on Climate Change and Protecting The Environment

In addition to the priority above, the Commission has designated the following as priorities in its 2021- 2023 New York State Service Plan. The Commission encourages applicants to focus on the following program areas:

  • Covid-19 Relief and Recovery: AmeriCorps members can play significant roles in public education and prevention, facilitating tests and vaccinations, follow-up and contact tracing, and assisting communities in providing access to these services. The Commission will award bonus points to applicants who propose interventions specifically for these types of services, and/or which target specific populations (the elderly, those with disabilities and underlying health conditions, children and underserved minorities) most impacted by COVID-19.
  • Regional intermediaries: The Commission recognizes that COVID-19, in addition to overall statewide impact, created pockets of regional needs, unique to specific geographic areas of the state that were essential to fully addressing the impact of the pandemic. The Commission will award bonus points to applicants who propose interventions on a regional or multiregional basis to provide services on a larger scale.
  • Organizations Specializing in Services to the Population Ages 55 or Over: The Commission will look to partner with such organizations in its programming and will prioritize using extra points for interventions specifically targeted to older adults and to recruitment and retention of older adults, particularly those who have traditionally been marginalized due to systemic racism and other inequities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 149075

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.

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

New York State AmeriCorps grants are awarded to public or private nonprofit organizations including, but not limited to, faith-based, other community organizations, institutions of higher education, state agencies or other non-federal governmental entities within states or territories (e.g., cities, counties), Native American tribes, labor organizations, partnerships and consortia, and intermediaries that will operate solely in New York State.

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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 ( 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: 4/5/2021 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
- Technical Informational Meeting Session: 4/5/2021 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

To join for both video and audio conference:
- Programmatic and Evidence Info Session:
- Technical Info Session
Password: AmeriCorps2021

To join for audio conference only
Call in Number: (518) 549-0500
Participant Code:
- Programmatic and Evidence Info Session: 185 013 6325
- Technical Info Session 185 855 5257

The Commission will hold an additional (optional) informational session on April 14, 2021, at 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time.
- Video Conference Access Link: Conference Link
- Password: AmeriCorps2021
- Audio Conference number (518) 549-0500
- Participant Code 185 282 6963

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Calendar of Events:
- Issuance of Request for Proposals: 3/31/2021
- Programmatic and Evidence Informational Meeting Session (optional): 4/5/2021 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
- Technical Informational Meeting Session (optional): 4/5/2021 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
- Deadline for Submission of Written Questions: 4/15/2021 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Recommended Date to Request to Submit Additional Projects: 4/6/2021 by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
- Recommended Deadline to Prequalify in the Grants Gateway (see Section 3.2): 4/6/2021
- Responses to Written Questions Posted On or about 4/22/2021
- Deadline for Submission of Proposals in eGrants: 4/28/2021 by 4:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Deadline for Submission of New York State Supporting Documents: 4/28/2021 by 4:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Deadline for Proof of SAM registration: 5/28/2021 by 4:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Anticipated Notification of Award: No earlier than 06/18/2021
- Anticipated Contract Start Date: No earlier than 9/1/2021 (New Fall Educational Programs and COVID related programs only); 11/1/2021 (All Other New Programs)

There is no match requirement for Fixed Amount grants. A first-time successful applicant for a cost reimbursement grant is required to match at twenty-four (24) percent for each period of the first thirty-nine (39) month contract term. Matching requirements for planning grants are the same as cost reimbursement grants. For more information, see

New and recompeting applicants must be prequalified, if not exempt, in the New York State Grants Gateway on the application deadline. See Section 3.2 Prequalification Process at for additional information.

All applications must include a DUNS number, an Employer Identification Number, registered with SAM, and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete. See 2021 AmeriCorps State and National Grants NOFO, p.9 ( for additional information.

As part of the New York State Supporting Documents, you must submit 1) proof of registration with an active SAM registration or 2) documentation (an electronic copy of a receipt, screenshot, or other documentation) that your organization has applied for SAM registration by the date specified in Section 1.2 Calendar of Events.

Corporation for National and Community Service’s Technical Assistance Calls & Webinars: Best Practices in Demonstrating Evidence:
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- Webinar:

Contact Information:

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

Submit proposals at

Grants Gateway Help Desk: 518-474-5595
Grants Team Email: (Proposal completion, policy, and registration questions)

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 or via hard copy mailed to:
Director of Contracts
Questions for RFP# 1066 New York State AmeriCorps 2021 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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RFP #1066

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