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FY 2020 Formula AmeriCorps Funding Opportunity

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

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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

Conf. Date:

02/20/20

Deadline Date:

03/06/20 5:00 PM EDT Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Florida nonprofits, 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 health, education, safety, 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.

CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in the following areas:

  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education
  • Healthy Futures
  • Veterans and Military Families
  • Rural intermediaries
  • Safer Communities
  • Faith-based organizations

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:

Maximum allowable federal reimbursement is $15,479 per member service year (MSY) for cost reimbursement and fixed amount grant applications.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is a twelve-month period, beginning August 1, 2020 and ending July 31, 2021. The contract period will be from the date of contract receipt through July 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following non-federal entities (as defined in 2 CFR §200.69) that have DUNS numbers and are registered in System for Award Management (SAM) are eligible to apply:
- Indian Tribes (2 CFR §200.54)
- Institutions of higher education (2 CFR §200.55)
- Local governments (2 CFR §200.64)
- Nonprofit organizations (2 CFR §200.70)
- States (2 CFR §200.90)

Pre-proposal Conference:

To learn more about this opportunity and the RFP process, please join the technical assistance webinars on Thursday, February 6. There will be a call at 10 am (ET) for continuation applicants and a call at 2 pm (ET) for new and recompete applicants.
- To register for the continuation webinar, please click here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3121968013635236877
- To register for the new/recompete webinar please click here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/226092980096495885

Volunteer Florida will also host a webinar series to review the overall AmeriCorps funding opportunity:
- Wednesday, January 29 at 2 pm (ET) – AmeriCorps 101: Serve, Impact, Transform
- Tuesday, February 18 at 2 pm (ET) – Creating Strong Narratives
- Thursday, February 20 at 2 pm (ET) – AmeriCorps Budget 101

To register for this application webinar series, please click here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9219859501280911373

Pre-Application Information:

Volunteer Florida Timeline
- January 24, 2020 - Release Volunteer Florida AmeriCorps Competitive Application
- January 29, 2020 (2:00 PM) – AmeriCorps 101 Webinar
- February 6, 2020 (10:00 AM, continuation applicants and 2:00 PM new/recompete applicants) - AmeriCorps funding application technical assistance webinars.
- February 7, 2020 - AmeriCorps funding application FAQs posted here.
- February 18, 2020, 2:00 PM – Creating Strong Narratives Webinar.
- February 20, 2020, 2:00 PM – AmeriCorps Budget 101 Webinar.
- March 6, 2020, 5:00 PM EDT - Applications due in eGrants and supporting documentation submitted via email.
- March 12, 2020 – April 10, 2020 - Peer, financial and staff review
- April 23, 2020 - Clarification provided to applicants considered for funding
- May 7, 2020 by 5:00 PM EDT - Revised AmeriCorps applications due in eGrants
- May 26, 2020 - Estimated submission of approved funding recommendation to CNCS
- June, 2020 - Estimated notification provided to applicants awarded funding
- August 1, 2020 - Anticipated contract start date

New applicants are eligible for cost reimbursement grants only. Recompeting applicants are eligible for fixed amount awards or cost reimbursement awards, pending Volunteer Florida approval. Continuation applicants are eligible for cost reimbursement or fixed amount awards, pending Volunteer Florida approval. Continuation applicants would need to submit a new application to be considered for a fixed amount award.

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.

AmeriCorps State and National Grants FY 2020 (NOFO, Application Instructions, Technical Assistance, Other Documents) available here: https://nationalservice.gov/build-your-capacity/grants/funding-opportunities/2020/americorps-state-and-national-grants-fy-2020

For more information relating to Performance Measurement, visit https://www.nationalservice.gov/resources/performance-measurement/americorps

Webinar Recording: https://www.gotostage.com/channel/d4de4ae00ef445b1aeb323226fec7310/recording/829d06d2fb0a4f1d97a2292634313468/watch

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.

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