New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and New York State Commission on National and Community Service
04/28/21 4:59 PM Eastern Time
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:
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.
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:
GrantWatch ID#: 149075
The Commission will recommend funding a single organization or agency, or multiple organizations or agencies to establish and administer an AmeriCorps program or programs.
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.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit proposals at https://egrants.cns.gov/espan/main/login.jsp.
Grants Gateway Help Desk: 518-474-5595
Grants Team Email: email@example.com (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 AmeriCorpsRFP@ocfs.ny.gov 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
For more information about priority geographic regions, see https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/contracts/funding/RFP1066/RFP1066-AmeriCorps-2021-2022-Formula.pdf#page=44.
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