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AmeriCorps State Formula Grant - Planning Grant

Serve Washington and AmeriCorps


Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #153652

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $75,000 to Washington local and state governments, nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and Indian Tribes to develop volunteer programs to provide a broad range of community services. Funding is intended for initial support to current staff or to hire additional staff who can plan a proposed AmeriCorps program and develop systems for successful implementation of an AmeriCorps operational grant application. Planning grants do not receive or provide AmeriCorps members.

AmeriCorps Focus Areas:

  • Disaster Services
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Healthy Futures
  • Veterans and Military Families

For additional information about these focus areas, see: https://servewashington.wa.gov/sites/default/files/public/grant/ffy22_rfga_pg.pdf#page=5

Serve Washington seeks to develop a diverse grant portfolio of programs that meet AmeriCorps Focus Areas and/or Serve Washington priority areas:

  • Service strategies are driven by community identified priorities
  • Organizations that are led and staffed by people that reflect the communities being served
  • Programs that strive to recruit and select national service members that reflect communities being served
  • Models that utilize service as a strategy to develop career pathways, address the housing crisis, support child wellness, and tackle climate change
  • Replicate proven models that support a locally identified need
  • Models that engage adults 55+
  • Ensure resources are available to tribes, rural, and other underrepresented communities, and results in a geographically diverse portfolio of programs

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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

Additionally, only organizations who have not previously received funding from Serve Washington OR currently funded organizations who are proposing a new project are eligible to apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Technical Assistance WebEx

Applicants are highly encouraged to participate in an online technical assistance session via WebEx on Wednesday, March 9 to review application instructions and as an opportunity for applicants to ask questions about the process. This session will also be recorded and posted on the Serve Washington website.

Planning Grants Only 10:00am-11:30am
Join Online Here: https://watech.webex.com/watech/j.php?MTID=m35f58f7e023c2eef0ad1910242866daa
Join Audio Only: 1-855-929-3239
Meeting Number: 2457 835 8815
Meeting Password: AmeriCorps22!

Pre-Application Information:

All application materials must be completed and submitted in eGrants by 5:00 pm (PST) on March 31, 2022. Required additional documents must be submitted via email by the same deadline.

Important Dates:
- Request for Grant Applications Released: March 1, 2022
- Technical Assistance WebEx for Planning Grant Applicants: March 9, 2022, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
- Completed Applications Due from Applicants: March 31, 2022, by 5:00 pm
- Staff Review for Compliance: April 1, 2022
- Grant Review Committee Application Review: April 4-28, 2022
- Grant Review Committee Meeting: April 29, 2022; Note: Applicants must be available by phone on this day in the event the GRC needs additional information or clarification.
- Clarification and Revision Period for Some Applicants: Beginning On/Around May 2, 2022
- Serve Washington Commissioners Vote on Grant Review Committee Recommendations: May 12, 2022
- Notification to ALL Applicants Regarding Serve Washington Vote: Week of May 16, 2022
- Clarification/Revision Period Continues for Selected Applicants: Notification through May 27, 2022
- Serve Washington to Submit Applications to AmeriCorps (No Later Than): June 6, 2022
- AmeriCorps to Award Grants (No Later Than): July 31, 2022

Please ask all questions no later than one week before the deadline, or March 24, 2022.

Planning grants are awarded on a cost-reimbursement basis only. If awarded, grantees will submit monthly invoice packages to Serve Washington for reimbursement. Grantees are required to match at 24 percent, either through cash or in-kind.

Application must include an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Applications must also include a DUNS number or UEI. DUNS numbers may be obtained at no cost by calling the DUNS number request line at (866) 705-5711 or applying online: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform. The Federal Government is currently implementing the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) which will eventually replace the DUNS number. A UEI is a 12-character alphanumeric identifier automatically assigned in the System for Award Management (SAM).

All applicants must register with the SAM and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete and, if a grant is awarded, throughout the life of the award. Applicants must use their SAM-registered legal name and address on all grant applications to AmeriCorps/Serve Washington.

During the planning grant period, applicants will be notified of operational grant funding opportunities. Serve Washington will work with the applicant to determine the best competition to apply for. Applying for an operational grant is not required, but applicants will be encouraged to move in that direction and coached on feasibility.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards for planning grants may not exceed $75,000.

Term of Contract:

The project period is August 1, 2022 – July 31, 2023.

Contact Information:

Create an eGrants account: https://egrants.cns.gov/espan/main/login.jsp

Questions and required additional documents must be submitted to servewa@ofm.wa.gov.

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