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AmeriCorps State and National Funding

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

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Corporation for National and Community Service and Hawaii Commission for National and Community Service (HCNCS)

Deadline Date:

03/12/21 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 COVID-19 relief, education, the environment, social justice, and more.

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:

  • Efforts to help local communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may propose programming in any CNCS focus area to aid communities as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Programs that actively engage in removing structural racial inequities, advancing racial equality, and increasing opportunity in order to achieve sustainable change in communities.
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education
  • Healthy Futures
  • Veterans and Military Families
  • Rural intermediaries
  • Faith-based organizations.
  • Programs that reduce child poverty.
  • Environmental stewardship.
  • 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#: 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.

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 (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

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:

AmeriCorps and the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) will be hosting live webinars to provide Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and other community development organizations with information on the new Economic Mobility Corps and applying for an AmeriCorps grant.

Advance registration is not required to participate in the webinars. Access the webinars by clicking the below links at least five minutes before the webinars begin. Viewing these webinars requires the use of WebEx.

About the Economic Mobility Corps
Date and Time: November 5, 2020 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Conference Line: Call: 888-730-9139 Passcode: 9422424

Access Line: https://www.mymeetings.com/emeet/join/index.jsp?customHeader=mymeetings&netId=PWXW1767831&netPass=9422424&netType=conference&acceptTerms=on
Conference #: PWXW1767831
Passcode: 9422424

Pre-Application Information:

Important dates:

Competitive Grants:
- Recompete or New Application Due in eGrants: November 13, 2020 by 5:00 PM Hawai'i Time
- Continuation Application Due in eGrants: December 18, 2020 by 5:00 PM Hawai'i Time
- Notification of Selection: Mid-May 2021

Formula Grants:
- Recompete or New Application Due in eGrants: March 12, 2021 by 5:00 PM Hawai'i Time
- Continuation Application Due in eGrants: April 9, 2021 by 5:00 PM Hawai'i Time
- Notification of Selection: No later than early June 2021

All applications must be submitted to the Hawai‘i Commission for National and Community Service via eGrants by Friday, November 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM Hawai‘i Time. For new/recompeting programs, please also e-mail a one-page summary of your program proposal to program staff.

Prior to the 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. HCNCS is participating in the ASC National Direct Consultation single form to initiate and streamline consultation between multi-state applicants and state service commissions. Multi-state organizations proposing to operate in Hawai‘i must submit an online National Direct Consultation Form via the ASC National Direct Consultation single form. This form must be received by January 6, 2021.

All new and recompeting applicants regardless of funding level are required to submit an Operational and Financial Management Survey (OFMS).

Entities must have a valid SAM registration and (DUNS and/or Unique Entity Identifier) to receive an award.

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 required documents via email to hicncs@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: http://questions.nationalservice.gov/app/ask_eg.

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