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AmeriCorps Arkansas Funding

Grants to Arkansas Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs
Providing Community Services to Support Volunteer Staff

Agency Type:

State

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Arkansas Department of Human Services, Office of Communications and Community Engagement - Arkansas Service Commission and Corporation for National and Community Service

Conf. Date:

10/04/17

LOI Date:

11/15/17

Deadline Date:

02/07/18 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Arkansas nonprofit organizations, government agencies, Indian Tribes, and IHEs to support volunteer staff members to provide a broad range of community services. Concept papers are due November 15. Focus areas include economic opportunity, disaster services, environmental stewardship, education, healthy futures, and veteran and military families.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services Office of Communications and Community Engagement, the Arkansas Service Commission, and the Corporation for National and Community Service are pleased to announce the availability of federal funds to support AmeriCorps programs in Arkansas for the 2018-2019 program year.

Funds provided through Arkansas AmeriCorps support AmeriCorps members who provide direct service to individuals and groups in their communities through eligible organizations. The Arkansas Service Commission is seeking applicants who can deploy AmeriCorps members to effectively fulfill unmet community needs.

Purpose of AmeriCorps Funding:

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.

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations (see Eligible Applicants section) 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 carry out Congress’ intent and to maximize the impact of investment in national service, CNCS has the following focus areas:

Disaster Services:
Grant activities will provide support to increase the preparedness of individuals for disasters, improve individuals’ readiness to respond to disasters, help individuals recover from disasters, and/or help individuals mitigate disasters. Grantees also have the ability to respond to national disasters under CNCS cooperative agreements and FEMA mission assignments.

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 prepare for success in post-secondary educational institutions.

Environmental Stewardship:
Grants will support responsible stewardship of the environment, while preparing communities for challenging circumstances and helping Americans respond to and recover from disruptive life events: programs that conserve natural habitats; protect clean air and water; maintain public lands; support wildland fire mitigation; cultivate individual and community self-sufficiency; provide reforestation services after floods or fires; and more. AmeriCorps programs support activities, such as conservation and fire corps, which may also help veterans and others learn new job skills through conservation service.

Healthy Futures:
Grants will provide support for activities that will improve access to primary and preventive health care for communities served by CNCS-supported programs; 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 in youth with the purpose of reducing childhood obesity.

Veterans and Military Families:
Grants will positively impact the quality of life of veterans and improve military family strength; increase the number of veterans, wounded warriors, military service members, and their families served by CNCS-supported programs; and/or increase the number of veterans and military family members engaged in service through CNCS-supported programs.

Arkansas State Service Plan:
Although the above are the primary focus areas for CNCS, programs that receive Formula funding through the Arkansas Service Commission are also measured against the needs of Arkansas as described in the State Service Plan. CNCS allows State Service Commissions the ability to determine what needs are best for their state.

Funding Priorities:

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

-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: STEM - improving student academic performance in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics (STEM)

-Healthy Futures - reducing and/or preventing prescription drug and opioid abuse

-Veterans and Military Families - positively impacting the quality of life of veterans and improving military family strength

-Governor and Mayor Initiatives

-Rural intermediaries - organizations that demonstrate measureable impact and primarily serve communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure.

-Safer Communities - programs that focus on public safety, preventing and mitigating civil unrest, and/or partnerships between law enforcement and the community

-Evidence Based Intervention Planning Grants

-Encore Programs - programs that engage Americans age 55 and older

In order to receive priority consideration for submitting an application within a Notice priority(ies), applicants must demonstrate that the priority area, as specified above, 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.

Type of Award:

a. 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. See the Eligible Applicants section and the Mandatory Supplemental Guidance for more information. CNCS will not provide both types of grants for the same project in one fiscal year.

B. Evidence Based Intervention Planning Grants: CNCS is seeking applications for planning grants that will be used to develop national service models that seek to integrate members in innovative ways into evidence-based interventions. For example, in the Economic Opportunity focus area applicants could explore how to adapt social enterprise, workforce partnership, supportive housing, or financial literacy program models. Alternatively, applicants could propose taking an evidence-based practice such as motivational interviewing and training AmeriCorps members to apply these skills in ways that could improve individual economic or health outcomes.

Threshold Issues:

Applications should reflect that they meet the following threshold requirements for the grant type for which they are applying.

All competitive applicants must request at least 20 member slots. New and recompeting applicants with less than 20 members will be deemed noncompliant and will not be reviewed.

The general practice for Arkansas Formula funds is to award no more than 50 member positions (slots), with a minimum of eight (8) MSY to organizations receiving an AmeriCorps grant for the first time.

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.

Applications for the Governor and Mayor Initiative must clearly reflect that they are from one Governor, one or more Mayors, and a minimum of two nonprofits.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182352

Term of Contract:

The Arkansas Service Commission awards funding for one year. The start date will be September 1 or October 1, 2018. A competitive grant award covers a three-year project period unless otherwise specified. In most cases, the application is submitted with a one-year budget. Continuation funding for subsequent years is not guaranteed and shall be dependent upon availability of appropriations and satisfactory performance.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following Non-Federal entities (as defined in 2 CFR §200.69) who have DUNS numbers and are registered in System for Award Management (SAM) are eligible to apply:
-Indian Tribes (2 CFR §200.54)
-Institutions of higher education (2 CFR §200.54)
-Local governments (2 CFR §200.64)
-Nonprofit organizations (2 CFR §200.70)
-States (2 CFR §200.90)

New Applicants:

CNCS encourages organizations that have not received prior funding from CNCS to apply. The general practice for Arkansas Formula funds is to award no more than 50 member positions (slots), with a minimum of at least 8 MSY (8 full-time equivalent) to organizations receiving an AmeriCorps grant for the first time. Applicants for Competitive funds must request at least 20 member positions (slots) but 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. 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.

Types of Applicants:

State and Territory Service Commissions (for Single-State Applicants):
Organizations that propose to operate in only one state must apply through the Governor-appointed State or Territory Commission. Each commission administers its own selection process and submits the applications it selects to compete for funding directly to CNCS. Single-State applicants must contact their Commissions to learn about their state or territory processes and deadlines which may be significantly earlier than the CNCS deadlines and may have additional requirements. A Single-State application from a State or Territory with a Commission that is submitted directly to CNCS by the applicant rather than the Commission will be considered noncompliant and will not be reviewed. See the Mandatory Supplemental Guidance for descriptions of National Direct and Single-State applicants.

National Direct Applicants:
Multi-State: Organizations that propose to operate AmeriCorps programs in more than one State or Territory apply directly to CNCS.

States and Territories without Commissions: Applicants in South Dakota, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands apply directly to CNCS because this State and these Territories do not have an established Commission.

Federally-recognized Indian Tribes: Applicants that are Indian Tribes apply directly to CNCS. In addition to Indian Tribes as defined in 2 CFR §200.54, tribal organizations controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by Indian Tribes are also eligible to apply. An entity applying on behalf of a federally-recognized 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. The resolution(s) must identify the entity by name as a tribal organization and indicate whether it is controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by an Indian Tribe(s). It must authorize the entity to be the legal applicant and act on behalf of and include the Indian Tribe(s) in a CNCS application for the purpose of conducting the activities and providing the services described in the application. A current resolution will not suffice to meet this requirement unless the resolution applies for the entire period of performance of the award, i.e., current resolutions that are applicable to a previous AmeriCorps award at the time of the application submission, but expire during the prospective period of performance of a new award, do not meet this requirement.

In addition to being eligible to apply under this Notice, federally-recognized Indian Tribes will also be eligible to apply for operating or planning grants under a separate Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity for Indian Tribes to be released later in the Winter with an application deadline in the Spring. CNCS may request applicants apply under the Tribal competition, rather than under this Notice.

Under section 132A(b) of the NCSA, organizations that have been convicted of a federal crime may not receive assistance described in this Notice.

Note that under section 745 of Title VII, Division E of the Consolidated Appropriations
Act, 2016, if CNCS is aware that any corporation has any unpaid Federal tax liability which:
-Has been assessed,
-For which all judicial and administrative remedies have been exhausted or have lapsed, and
-That is not being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement with the authority responsible for collecting the tax liability, that corporation is not eligible for an award under this Notice. A similar restriction may be enacted with the appropriation which will fund awards under this Notice. However, this exclusion will not apply to a corporation which a federal agency has considered for suspension or debarment and has made a determination that suspension or debarment is not necessary to protect the interest of the federal government

Pursuant to the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, an organization described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(4) that engages in lobbying activities is not eligible to apply for CNCS funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A General Workshop is scheduled for October 4, 9:00 - 12:00. The Workshop will be held in Little Rock.

Pre-Application Information:

There is no specific 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.

A first-time successful applicant is required to match at 24 percent for the first three years of a cost Reimbursement Grant. Starting with year four, the match requirement gradually increases every year to 50 percent by year ten.

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.

A Concept Paper/Notice of Intent to Apply must be submitted via email by 4:00 PM on Wednesday, November 15, 2018. This is mandatory to be considered for funding.

Key Dates:
-Sept. 28, 9:00 - 12:00: General workshop
-Oct. 4, 9:00 - 12:00: Repeat of the general workshop
-Nov. 15, 4:00 PM: Concept Papers due
-Early January, 2018: An in-depth workshop will be held for organizations being asked to submit a full application
-Feb. 7, 4:00 PM: Applications due
-June 2018: Notification that funding has been approved
-Sept/Oct 2018: AmeriCorps program year begins

More information about applying for AmeriCorps State and National Grants may be found here:
https://www.nationalservice.gov/build-your-capacity/grants/ASNgrants#How

Contact Information:

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

Please submit all funding questions to:
AmeriCorps@arkansas.gov

Arkansas Service Commission Staff

Will Roark, Executive Director
501-320-6137
Will.Roark@dhs.arkansas.gov

Marilyn Henderson, Program Officer
501-320-6451
Marilyn.Henderson@dhs.arkansas.gov

Kathy Gattinger, Program Officer
501-320-3961
Kathy.Gatinger@dhs.arkansas.gov

Kimberly Reed, Program Officer
501-320-6037
Kimberly.Reed@dhs.arkansas.gov

DHS/OCCE/ASC
112 W. 8th Street, Slot S-230
Little Rock, AR 72201-4608

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