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AmeriCorps State and National Competitive Funding

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs to
Support Volunteerism that Benefits Communities

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AmeriCorps Hawaii - Hawai‘i Commission for National and Community Service (HCNCS)

Deadline Date:

11/29/19 5:00 PM Hawaii Time

Description:

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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. 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.

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

  • Economic Opportunity – evidence-based interventions on the CNCS Evidence Exchange. In order to qualify for this priority, the applicant must be assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence by the reviewers.  Or increasing economic opportunities for communities by preparing people for the workforce.
  • Education - evidence-based interventions on the CNCS Evidence Exchange. In order to qualify for this priority, the applicant must be assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence by the reviewers.
  • Healthy Futures - evidence-based interventions on the CNCS Evidence Exchange. In order to qualify for this priority, the applicant must be assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence by the reviewers. Or 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 measurable impact and primarily serve rural communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure. 
  • 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#: 163355

Estimated Size of Grant:

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 $15,479 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.

Term of Contract:

CNCS anticipates making three-year grants. CNCS generally makes an initial award for the first year of operation, based on a one-year project period. Continuation awards for subsequent years are not guaranteed; they depend 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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)

New Applicants:

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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Technical Call Schedule: Coming soon

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be submitted to the Hawai‘i Commission for National and Community Service via eGrants by Friday, November 29, 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 PM (HST) on January 5, 2020.

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

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

Submit program proposal summaries to: hcncs@hawaii.edu

Alfred Robello
Program Officer
Hawai‘i Commission for National and Community Service
Email: robelloa@hawaii.edu

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.

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