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Maryland AmeriCorps State Grants

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Tribes
to Develop Volunteer Programs for Community Projects

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Maryland Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV)

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11/09/21 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations, IHEs, government agencies, and tribes to develop volunteer programs for community projects. Applicants must submit a concept paper prior to submitting a full application. The purpose of funding is to plan and develop volunteer staff programs that will address the following community needs: the environment, health, public safety, and education. Funding is intended to strengthen communities, improve lives, and promote civic participation through volunteering and service.

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 maximize the impact of investment in national service, AmericaCorps has the following focus areas:

  • Disaster Services: Activities will provide support to increase preparedness for disasters, improve readiness to respond to disasters, support recovery efforts from disasters, and/or assist in the implementation of predisaster mitigation and adaptation measures. Grants will support communities and individuals in planning for disasters, in particular engaging disadvantaged communities in the planning process.
  • Economic Opportunity: 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.
  • Education: 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.
  • Environmental Stewardship: Grants will support responsible stewardship of the environment, while preparing communities for challenging climate and environmental circumstances and helping Americans respond to and recover from disruptive events: programs that conserve natural habitats; protect clean air and water; maintain public lands; support wildland fire mitigation and sustainable forest management; cultivate individual and community resilience; and provide reforestation services after floods or fires, such as nature based solutions. 
  • Healthy Futures: 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 improve the quality of life of veterans and improve military family well-being; increase the number of veterans, wounded warriors, military service members, and their caregivers, families, and survivors served by AmeriCorps programs; and/or increase the number of veterans and military family members engaged in service through AmeriCorps programs.

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GrantWatch ID#: 180477

Term of Contract:

AmeriCorps anticipates making three-year grants. The agency generally makes an initial award for the first year of the period of performance, based on a one-year budget. Continuation awards for subsequent years are not guaranteed; they depend upon availability of appropriations and satisfactory performance.

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

For other eligibility requirements, see the following link:

Pre-proposal Conference:

September 28, 2021: Technical Assistance Webinars from AmeriCorps (2:00 – 3:00pm EST)

October 14, 2021: Technical Assistance Webinar hosted by AmeriCorps (3:30 – 4:30pm EST)

Pre-Application Information:

- September 14, 2021: Release of Maryland AmeriCorps Application Instructions
- October 12, 2021: Maryland AmeriCorps Concept Papers due by 5:00 pm
- October 19, 2021: Concept Paper Applicants notified of status
- October 17- November 9: Feedback and TTA provided to invited applicants
- November 9, 2021: Full AmeriCorps applications due on eGrants by 5:00 pm
- November 17, 2021: Peer Review Consensus Meeting
- December 4, 2021: Applicants are informed of status, given feedback and clarification requests
- December 11, 2021: Applicants submit final competitive applications to GOSV on eGrants

AmeriCorps recommends that applicants create an eGrants account and begin the application at least three weeks before the deadline. Applicants should draft the application as a Word document, then copy and paste the text into the appropriate eGrants field no later than 10 days before the deadline.

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

A first-time successful applicant is required to match at 24 percent for the first three-year funding period.

Contact Information:

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

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In case of technical difficulties with eGrants: Contact the National Service Hotline at 1-800-942-2677 or (talk to an associate or leave a detailed message)

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