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2019-2020 AmeriCorps Formula Programs

Grants to Mississippi Nonprofits, IHEs, and Agencies to
Employ Volunteer Staff to Provide Community Services

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (Volunteer Mississippi) and Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

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Grants to Mississippi nonprofits, government agencies, faith-based or community organizations, IHEs, Tribes, and labor organizations to employ volunteer staff to provide a range of community services. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to applying. Program priorities include, but are not limited to, disaster services, economic opportunities, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, veterans and military families, rural intermediaries, safer communities, and faith-based organizations.

The Corporation’s purpose is to maximize the power of service and volunteering to improve lives in communities across the country. Through all its programs, CNCS expands economic opportunity – helping Americans acquire the skills, education, and training they need for productive employment. By helping more Americans graduate, pursue higher education, and find work, national service provides immediate and long term benefits by expanding individual opportunity, building family stability, and creating more sustainable, resilient communities.

Responsibilities of Operating an AmeriCorps Program:
- Recruiting, selecting, placing, training, and supervising AmeriCorps members.
- Designating a full-time coordinator to manage the program.
- Submitting progress reports reflecting progress towards meeting performance measurements, monthly expenditure reports, and financial status reports.
- Participating in training and technical assistance sessions for program directors and staff.
- Participating in statewide AmeriCorps member events and activities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180500

Estimated Size of Grant:

Programs must be large enough to achieve a demonstrable impact on the community served. Thus, while the actual size of each program may vary depending on the size of the community and/or organization it operates in, the design of the program, and other factors, applicants are encouraged to apply for a minimum of twenty (20) AmeriCorps members. A 20-member full time corps averages $303,840 in federal funds per program annually and all requests require match funds.

Term of Contract:

AmeriCorps programs to will start September 1, 2019 for a 12-month program cycle.

This grant is made for one program year. Additional funding for the remainder of the three-year cycle is contingent upon numerous factors, including, but not limited to, satisfactory performance, demonstrated capacity to manage the grant, compliance with grant requirements, agency priorities, and the availability of appropriated funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and other community organizations; institutions of higher education; government entities within states or territories (e.g., cities, counties); labor organizations; partnerships and consortia; and Indian Tribes are encouraged to apply.

The Corporation encourages organizations that have never received funding from the Corporation or AmeriCorps to apply for the grants described in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Volunteer Mississippi is holding a series of 1-hour webinars to prepare organizations to apply for AmeriCorps State grants for the 2019-2020 program year. These are highly recommended for new AmeriCorps State applicants.

September 26: Theory of Change and Logic Models Recording:

October 3: Evidence-based Interventions Recording:

October 10: Organizational Capacity Recording:

October 17: Budget Adequacy Recording:

Pre-Application Information:

The Letter of Intent, Logic Model, and Organizational Assessment are due May 3, 2019.

Grant applications are due to Volunteer Mississippi via eGrants no later than May 10, 2019.

There is an overall grantee match requirement of 24% for the first 3-year funding period. This match can be cash and/or in-kind. Overall grantee share of total program costs increases gradually to 50% by the tenth year of funding. Other federal funds used as match for this program must be tracked and reported.

2019 AmeriCorps State and National Mandatory Supplemental Guidance:

Contact Information:

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

If you have questions about AmeriCorps funding opportunities, please contact the Senior AmeriCorps Program Officer, Judy Stein, at or 601.842.6700.

Volunteer Mississippi
Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Mississippi