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Grants to Florida Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs
for Volunteer Services to Benefit Communities

FY 2022 AmeriCorps Formula Funding Opportunity

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Volunteer Florida and Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

Conf. Date:

02/24/22

Deadline Date:

03/07/22 5:00 PM EDT Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Florida nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, tribes, and IHEs to employ volunteer staff to carry out a broad range of community services. Funding is intended to support volunteer services in the areas of social justice, education, COVID-19 community recovery, economic development, and more.

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed (e.g., based on proposed program’s data or a similar program’s data) interventions 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.

AmeriCorps’ priorities for this grant competition are:

  • Efforts to help local communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may propose programming to aid communities in their efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, including outcomes of COVID-19 on student subgroups described in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
  • Educational opportunity and economic mobility for communities experiencing persistent unemployment or underemployment, and students experiencing homelessness or those in foster care.
  • Programs that prioritize civic engagement and social cohesion.
  • 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 families, caregivers, and survivors.
  • Rural intermediaries - organizations that demonstrate measurable impact and primarily serve rural communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure.
  • Environmental stewardship and climate change including renewable energy and energy efficiency, building community resilience, sustainable food systems and agriculture, and conservation and habitat preservation.
  • Faith-based organizations.
  • Economic Mobility Corps.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153350

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum allowable federal request is $28,800 per member service year (MSY) for Cost Reimbursements and for Fixed Amount grant applications. Volunteer Florida recommends that applicants apply for the individual competitive state/territory program cost of $21,600 but will consider applicants requesting up to the maximum cost per member service year (MSY) of $28,800.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is a twelve-month period, beginning August 1, 2022 and ending July 31, 2023. The contract period will be from the date of contract receipt through July 31, 2023.

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
• Nonprofit organizations
• States

Pre-proposal Conference:

To learn more about this opportunity and the RFP process, technical assistance webinars will take place on February 7, 2022.

Continuation Applicant Webinar: February 7, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. EST
- Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/845367631817177869

New and Recompete Applicant Webinar: February 7, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. EST
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7222170035057284878

Application Webinar Series: Volunteer Florida staff will also host a webinar series to review the overall AmeriCorps funding opportunity and go over key elements for creating strong applications. Participation in these webinars is optional.

AmeriCorps 101: Serve, Impact, Transform: February 3, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. EST
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2806933759164987915

Creating Strong Narratives: February 22, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. EST
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2806933759164987915

AmeriCorps Budget 101: February 24, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. EST
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2806933759164987915

Pre-Application Information:

Volunteer Florida Timeline:
- January 24, 2022 - Release Volunteer Florida AmeriCorps Competitive Application.
- February 10, 2022 - AmeriCorps funding application FAQs posted here.
- March 7, 2022 5:00 p.m. EDT - Applications due in eGrants and supporting documentation submitted here.
- March 11, 2022 – April 13, 2022 - Peer, financial and staff review period.
- April 28, 2022 - Clarification provided to applicants considered for funding.
- May 19, 2022 by 5:00 p.m. EDT - Revised AmeriCorps applications due in eGrants.
- June 6, 2022 - Estimated submission of approved funding recommendation to AmeriCorps.
- August 1, 2022 - Anticipated contract start date

New applicants (the applicant was not funded in the previous funding cycle) are eligible for cost reimbursement awards only.

Recompeting applicants (the applicant has completed one three year funding period and is applying for a new funding period), are eligible for fixed amount awards or cost reimbursement awards, pending Volunteer Florida approval. Continuation applicants (the applicant received funding during the previous funding cycle), should continue their grant application in the current award status.

A first-time successful applicant is required to provide match funding 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.

Contact Information:

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

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

To ensure that this funding process is carried out in a fair and equitable manner, all questions concerning the funding opportunity should be submitted to americorpsrfp@volunteerflorida.org.

CFDA Number:

94.006

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida

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