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2021-2022 AmeriCorps State Formula Grant Competition

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits, IHEs, and Agencies
for Volunteer Staff to Provide Community Services

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Executive Office of the Mayor - Office of Community Affairs - Serve DC - The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism

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05/07/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and agencies to support volunteer staff working in a broad range of community services, including education, social justice initiatives, and more. Applicants are required to submit a logical model prior to applying.

CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in:

  • 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.
  • Racial Inequity – 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 – A program model that increases economic opportunities for communities by preparing people for the workforce.
  • Education.
  • Healthy Futures – A program model that reduces and/or prevents prescription drug and opioid abuse.
  • Evidence-based interventions on the CNCS Evidence Exchange ( that are assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence.
  • Veterans and Military Families – A program model that positively impacts the quality of life of veterans and improves military family strength.
  • Rural intermediaries – Organizations that demonstrate measurable impact and primarily serve rural communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure.
  • Faith-based organizations.
  • Programs that reduce child poverty.
  • Environmental stewardship.

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.

Full-time members who complete their service earn an Eli Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans. Members who serve part-time receive a partial Award. Some AmeriCorps members may also receive a modest living allowance during their term of service.

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GrantWatch ID#: 176377

Term of Contract:

Serve DC anticipates making three-year grants. Serve DC 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 June 1, 2021. 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) grant but are not eligible to apply for Full-Cost Fixed Amount grants.

Continuation Applicants:
Organizations that have current AmeriCorps awards that do not end in FY21 must submit an application in order to be eligible to receive funding for the following year.

Other Eligibility Requirements:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm via Webinar
Technical Assistance Session for New and Re-compete Applicants

Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm via Webinar
Technical Assistance Session for All Applicants

Pre-Application Information:

Application Timeline:
- Wednesday, April 7, 2021 by 5:00 PM: Logic Models Due to Serve DC – New and Re-Competing Grantees Only
- Friday, April 23, 2021: Serve DC will Notify Qualifying Applicants to Submit Full Applications
- Friday, May 7, 2021 by 5:00 PM: Full Applications Due in e-Grants and Electronic Copy to Serve DC
- Monday, May 24-31, 2021: Serve DC Clarification Process with Qualifying Applicants
- Tuesday, June 1, 2021: Revised/Final Applications due in e-Grants
- Friday, June 4, 2021: Serve DC Submits Complete Formula Package to CNCS
- End-June 2021: Awards will be available

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

Cost Sharing or Matching:
- Fixed Amount Grants: There is no match requirement for Fixed Amount grants. CNCS does not provide all the funds necessary to operate the program, therefore organizations should raise the additional revenue required to operate the program.
- Cost Reimbursement Grants: Applicants are required to match funds based on the chart below. The applicant’s match can be non-CNCS cash and/or in-kind contributions. Applicants must indicate whether the match is proposed or secured. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to meet the match requirement at the time of application submission. A first-time successful applicant is required to match at 24 percent for the first three-year funding period. Starting with year four, the match requirement gradually increases every year to 50 percent by year ten.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please email logic models and full applications to

Apply online:

Executive Office of the Mayor
Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships
Serve DC
2235 Shannon Pl SE
Suite 3040
Washington, D.C. 20020
T (202) 727-7925

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