Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
Grants and in-kind support to USA Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations for evidence-based practices and interventions that strengthen communities. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an LOI by April 2, 2018. Support will be provided in the form of operating expenses and volunteers from a national service organization. Organizations that have not received prior funding from CNCS are encouraged to apply.
The mission of CNCS is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic participation through service and volunteering. Through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, CNCS has helped to engage millions of citizens in meeting community and national challenges through service and volunteer action.
Grant awards have two components: operating funds and AmeriCorps member positions. Grant award amounts vary – both in the level of operating funds and in the type and amount of AmeriCorps member positions – as determined by the scope of the projects.
In the FY 2018 AmeriCorps Indian Tribes competition, CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in:
Disaster Services – improving community resiliency through disaster preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation
Economic Opportunity – increasing economic opportunities for communities by engaging opportunity youth, either as the population served and/or as AmeriCorps members, to prepare them for the workforce
Education – improving student academic performance in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics (STEM), and/or serving students who attend Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools
Healthy Futures – reducing and/or preventing substance abuse and suicide (see Mandatory Supplemental Guidance)
Veterans and Military Families – positively impacting the quality of life of veterans and improving military family strength
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.
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.
Under certain circumstances, applicants may qualify to meet alternative matching requirements that increase over the years to 35 percent instead of 50 percent as specified in the regulations at 45 CFR §2521.60(b). To qualify, applicants must demonstrate that the proposed program is either located in a rural county or in a severely economically distressed community as defined in the Application Instructions.
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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.
Only Federally-recognized Indian Tribes (as defined in 2 C.F.R. §200.54) and tribal organizations controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by Indian Tribes are eligible to apply. An entity applying on behalf of a federallyrecognized tribe, or multiple specific federally-recognized tribes, must submit a sanctioning resolution, applicable for the entirety of the period of performance that the applicant is applying for, adopted by the Tribal Council (or comparable tribal governing body) of each Indian Tribe.
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.
Applications should reflect that they meet the following threshold requirements for the grant type for which they are applying.
- Professional Corps applicants and/or applicants determined to be a Professional Corps by CNCS must demonstrate that the community in which it will place AmeriCorps members serving as professionals has an inadequate number of said professionals.
- Applications for a Full-Time Fixed Amount grant must reflect that only full-time or less than full-time positions serving in a full-time capacity.
- If the proposed service activities require specialized member qualifications and/or training (for example, tutoring programs: 45 CFR §2522.910-.940), the applicant must describe how the program will meet these requirements.
- Notification of Intent to Apply: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a Notification of Intent to Apply for this competition. Notifications of Intent to Apply should be submitted by Monday, April 2, 2018.
- Deadline: Applications are due Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to CNCS.
- Application Notification: Successful applicants will be notified by Monday, June 25, 2018.
CNCS recommends that applicants create an account and begin the application at least three weeks before the deadline.
In addition to consulting the Application Instructions, Mandatory Supplemental Guidance, Performance Measure Instructions, and AmeriCorps regulations as directed in this Notice, Commissions and National Direct applicants are encouraged also to consult the CNCS web site for a schedule of technical assistance conference calls, and Frequently Asked Questions that are updated during the competition period. Applicants in a single state should consult with their Commission.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Link for Intent to Apply: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018ACTribesIntent
Link for online application: https://egrants.cns.gov/espan/main/login.jsp
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 606-7508
Applicants who plan to request an alternative match schedule must submit a request at the time the application is submitted to ACAlternateMatchRequests@cns.gov.
National Service Hotline
Corporation for National and Community Service
ATTN: Office of Grants Policy and Operations/AmeriCorps Application
250 E Street, SW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20525
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