AmeriCorps Hawaii - Hawai‘i Commission for National and Community Service (HCNCS)
01/04/19 5:00 PM Hawaii Time
Grants to Hawaii nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, Tribes, and IHEs to employ volunteer staff to carry out a broad range of community services. New applicants must submit an intent to apply prior to the deadline. Funding is intended to support volunteer services in the areas of public safety, education, literacy and tutoring, the environment, basic human needs and Homeland Security.
Purpose of AmeriCorps Funding
AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions/practices 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 Focus Areas
The National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended by the Serve America Act, emphasizes measuring the impact of service and focusing on a core set of issue areas. In order to carry out Congress’ intent and to maximize the impact of investment in national service, CNCS has the following focus areas:
Grant activities will provide support to increase the preparedness of individuals for disasters, improve individuals’ readiness to respond to disasters, help individuals recover from disasters, and/or help individuals mitigate disasters.
Grants will provide support and/or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to the improved economic well-being and security of economically disadvantaged people; help economically disadvantaged people, to have improved access to services that enhance financial literacy; transition into or remain in safe, healthy, affordable housing; and/or have improved employability leading to increased success in becoming employed.
Grants will provide support and/or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to improved educational outcomes for economically disadvantaged children; improved school readiness for economically disadvantaged young children; improved educational and behavioral outcomes of students in low-achieving elementary, middle, and high schools; and/or support economically disadvantaged students’ preparation for success in post-secondary educational institutions.
Grants will support responsible stewardship of the environment, while preparing communities for challenging circumstances and helping Americans respond to and recover from disruptive life events: programs that conserve natural habitats; protect clean air and water; maintain public lands; support wildland fire mitigation; cultivate individual and community self-sufficiency; and provide reforestation services after floods or fires.
Grants will provide support for activities that will address the opioid crisis; increase seniors’ ability to remain in their own homes with the same or improved quality of life for as long as possible; and/or increase physical activity and improve nutrition with the purpose of reducing obesity.
Veterans and Military Families
Grants will positively impact the quality of life of veterans and improve military family strength; increase the number of veterans, wounded warriors, military service members, and their families served by CNCS programs; and/or increase the number of veterans and military family members engaged in service through CNCS programs.
Funding Priorities (See Mandatory Supplemental Guidance for further information about some of the priorities)
CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in the following areas:
- Economic Opportunity - increasing economic opportunities for communities by engaging opportunity youth to prepare them for the workforce.
- Education - selection of one of the evidence-based interventions in three categories: School Readiness (three evidence-based interventions), K-12 success (nine evidence-based interventions), and Post-Secondary Support (one evidence-based intervention). In order to qualify for this priority, the applicants must be assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence by the reviewers.
- Healthy Futures - reducing and/or preventing prescription drug and opioid abuse.
- Veterans and Military Families - positively impacting the quality of life of veterans and improving military family strength.
- Rural intermediaries - organizations that demonstrate measureable impact and primarily serve rural communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure.
- Safer Communities - programs that focus on public safety, and/or partnerships between law enforcement and the community.
- Faith-based organizations.
In order to receive priority consideration for submitting an application within a Notice priority (ies), applicants must demonstrate that the priority area is a significant part of the program focus and intended outcomes and must include a high-quality program design. Responses that propose programs for the purpose of receiving priority consideration are not guaranteed funding.
Agencies that apply must be able to demonstrate the capacity to administer a federal program, have a detailed plan of action, strong connections to the community it is planning to serve, a real need for the proposed service within the community, and the ability to raise the required matching funds.
GrantWatch ID#: 163355
AmeriCorps Operating Grants: CNCS may award a Cost Reimbursement or a Fixed Amount grant to any successful applicant, but the availability of a Full-Time Fixed Amount grant is limited to certain applicants.
The total amount of an applicant’s grant request must not exceed $15,192 per Member Service Year.
For Professional Corps, the applicant’s grant request must not exceed $1,000 per Member Service Year.
For Education Award Programs, the applicant’s grant request must not exceed $800 per Member Service Year.
The project period is generally one year, with a start date proposed by the applicant. The grant award covers a three-year project period unless otherwise specified. In most cases, the application is submitted with a one-year budget. Continuation funding for subsequent years is not guaranteed and shall be dependent upon availability of appropriations and satisfactory performance.
The project start date may not occur prior to the date CNCS awards the grant. AmeriCorps members may not enroll prior to the start date of the award. AmeriCorps members may not begin service prior to the beginning of the member enrollment period as designated in the grant award. A program may not certify any hours a member performs prior to the beginning of the member enrollment period.
The following Non-Federal entities (as defined in 2 CFR §200.69) who 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 §200.54)
-Local governments (2 CFR §200.64)
-Nonprofit organizations (2 CFR §200.70)
-States (2 CFR §200.90)
CNCS encourages organizations that have not received prior funding from CNCS to apply. The general practice is to award no more than 50 member positions (slots) to organizations receiving an AmeriCorps grant for the first time.
New applicants are eligible to apply for Cost Reimbursement and Education Award Program (EAP) grants but are not eligible to apply for Full-Time Fixed Amount grants. Existing subgrantees/operating sites of Fixed Amount and Cost Reimbursement grantees who can demonstrate a successful history and current capacity to manage a Fixed Amount grant are considered to have AmeriCorps experience and therefore can apply for Fixed Amount grants. See Mandatory Supplemental Guidance for more information.
Technical Call Schedule: Coming soon
New applicants must submit a Notification of Intent to apply for this competition to HCNCS. Deadline to submit Notice of Intent to Apply is Friday, November 30, 2018 at NOON (HST).
All applications must be submitted to the Hawai‘i Commission for National and Community Service via eGrants by Friday, January 4, 2019 at 5:00 PM Hawai‘i Time. For new/recompeting programs, please also e-mail a 1 page summary of your program proposal.
Prior to submission of a grant application to the Corporation for National and Community Service, an organization proposing to operate an AmeriCorps program in two or more states is expected to consult with the State Commission of the state in which it intends to operate. Multi-state organizations proposing to operate in Hawai‘i must submit an online National Direct Consultation Form to HCNCS. This form must be received by 5:00 p.m. (HST) on January 5, 2019.
There will be a Clarification Period with HCNCS staff January 5 – January 30, 2019. You must have someone knowledgeable about your application available during this time. Failure to respond to requests for additional information in a timely fashion will result in the removal of applications from consideration.
- HCNCS Clarification for Continuation Applicants: January 5 – January 30, 2019
- HCNCS Clarification for New/Recompete Applicants: January 5 – January 30, 2019
- CNCS Clarification for Continuation Applicants: Dates coming soon
- CNCS Clarification for New/Recompete Applicants: Dates coming soon
About eGrants: https://www.nationalservice.gov/grants-funding/funding-resources/egrants
Tutorial for completing the Performance Measures screens in eGrants: http://www.nationalservice.gov/resources/performance-measurement/egrants-performance-measures-module-americorps
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit a Notification of Intent to apply: http://americorpshawaii.org/notice-of-intent-to-apply/
Apply Online: https://egrants.cns.gov/espan/main/login.jsp
Submit program proposal summaries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Program Officer
Hawai‘i Commission for National and Community Service
If you are having technical difficulties with creating an account or preparing or submitting the application in eGrants, please contact the National Service Hotline at (800) 942-2677 or via Questions: https://questions.nationalservice.gov/app/ask_eg.
OMB Control #: 3045-0047