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AmeriCorps Substance Abuse Prevention Program

Grants to Iowa Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies for
Youth Substance Abuse Prevention and Mentoring Programs

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) - Division of Behavioral Health - Bureau of Substance Abuse

Deadline Date:

03/12/20

Description:

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Grants to Iowa nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies to support volunteer staff in youth substance abuse prevention and mentoring programs. Applications are invited from qualified applicants that will provide education to community members on substance abuse, with an emphasis on prescription drug and opioid abuse.

Funding is also intended to build capacity of organizations who need to broaden understanding of opioid and prescription drug abuse; and form coalitions and partnerships to address the growing crisis.

AmeriCorps is a national service program funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS is a federal agency established in 1993 to engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in intensive community-based service. In exchange for their service, AmeriCorps members may receive a living allowance to defray costs while serving and, upon successful completion of their term, an education award to help finance their college education, vocational training, training approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or to repay qualified existing student loans. Successful programs utilize service as a strategy to meet community needs, while supporting the development and growth of the AmeriCorps members serving with the organization.

The purpose of AmeriCorps State is to engage AmeriCorps members in direct service and capacity-building activities to address unmet community needs.

The organizations that receive grants are responsible for recruiting, selecting, and supervising AmeriCorps members to serve in their programs.

Funding within this RFP will help support the mentoring/substance abuse prevention/recovery community organization program in meeting AmeriCorps expectations including site supervisor time to oversee the member, office supplies and space, travel and registration expenses to attend required meetings or optional trainings, AmeriCorps member uniforms, AmeriCorps signage and banners, etc. The Department will separately fund a living stipend and other benefits to support each AmeriCorps member. AmeriCorps members who complete all requirements during their term of service will then be eligible for an Education Award.

All funded applicants will assist AmeriCorps members in obtaining the following goals of the Department AmeriCorps Substance Abuse Prevention Program including:

1. All AmeriCorps members will assist each program in creation/review/strengthening of a Substance Abuse Prevention Sustainability Plan with support from the Department via trainings, meetings and templates.
2. AmeriCorps members will recruit 300 new mentors and/or volunteers (at least 10 per each full-time member and 5 per each half-time, quarter-time, and minimal-time member). Each volunteer will engage in an average of 2.2 hours of volunteering.
3. AmeriCorps members will create and facilitate 195 community based opioid and prescription drug misuse prevention trainings (at least 12 per each full-time member and 8 per each half-time, and 4 per each quarter-time, and minimal-time member) focused on opioid and prescription drug misuse education to at least 2,000 participants.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183672

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$225,000

Number of Grants:

The Department anticipates funds available for approximately 15 awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for up to $30,000 for the total contract one year period.

Term of Contract:

Phase 1: Anticipated Contract Period: June 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020

Phase 2: Anticipated Contract Period: September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020

Phase 3: Anticipated Contract Period: October 15, 2019 -November 30, 2020

Phase 4: Anticipated Contract Period: November 1, 2019 - November 30, 2020

Phase 5: Anticipated Contract Period: June 1, 2020 - November 30,2020

The Department expects the initial contract period to be based on date of award. The Department anticipates to have additional funding for the next two years. The Department shall have the option to renew the contract at its sole discretion for up to 2 (two) additional 1 (one) year terms subject to review of the continuation application, contractor performance and compliance with the terms and conditions of the contract, availability of funds, program modifications, or any other grounds determined by the Department to be in Department’s best interests.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must meet each of the following eligibility requirements for consideration.

Eligible Applicants:

Nonprofit, 501(c)3 organizations, schools, or government agencies currently operating youth mentoring or substance abuse prevention programs in Iowa and have been for one year or more are eligible to submit an application in accordance with this RFP.

Applicants must adhere to at least one of the the following eligibility expectations in order to apply. An Iowa non-profit organization that has continuously provided substance abuse prevention services in Iowa since July 1, 2014 including:
-Community utilization and implementation of evidence-based programs, practices and policies with a variety of populations
- Community utilization of the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) model
-At least one staff member who is a Certified Prevention Specialist through the Iowa Board of Certification
-Mentoring youth individually or in groups (utilizing the Elements of Effective Practice, and Certified or will be certified through the Iowa Mentoring Partnership within the contract year)
-A Recovery Community Organization starting services or providing services in Iowa

Applicants must also adhere to both of the following expectations:
-Promoting positive community norms
-Connecting coalitions, schools, and communities

Unallowable Costs:

These funds may not be used for promotional items, subscriptions, dues or certification costs. No meals can be purchased for project participants (individuals served by direct programming, coalition members/subcommittee members, individuals attending project hosted community events, etc.) but light refreshments are an allowable cost (cookies, fruit, bottled water, etc.).

Pre-Application Information:

Schedule of Important Dates: The following dates are set forth for informational purposes. The Department reserves the right to change them.

PHASE 1
-RFP Issued: March 13, 2019
-Round 1 Questions Due: March 19, 2019
-Responses Posted By: March 25, 2019
-Round 2 Questions Due: March 27, 2019
-Responses Posted By: April 3, 2019
-Final Questions Due: April 5, 2019
-Responses Posted By: April 9, 2019
-Applications Due: April 10, 2019
-Post Notice of Intent to Award: May 14, 2019
-Anticipated Contract Period: June 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020

PHASE 2 (contingent on available funding):

During PHASE 2, all applications for full-time (refer to document posted on the Department website listing number of open positions will be accepted beginning on April 11, 2019 and concluding on June 5, 2019.

If any applications are received after June 5, 2019, applications will be reviewed and scored in PHASE 3.

The number of member positions used and remaining at the conclusion of PHASE 2 will be posted to the Department website on June 27, 2019 unless the Department at its sole discretion extends this date.

RFP Issued: April 11, 2019
Written Questions and Responses
Round 1 Questions Due: April 15, 2019
Responses Posted By: April 19, 2019
Round 2 Questions Due: May 16, 2019
Responses Posted By: May 21, 2019
Final Questions Due: May 23, 2019
Responses Posted By: May 29, 2019
Applications Due: June 5, 2019
Post Notice of Intent to Award: June 28, 2019
Anticipated Contract Period: September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020

PHASE 3 (contingent on available funding):

During PHASE 3, all applications for full-time (refer to document posted on the Department website listing number of open positions) will be accepted beginning on June 6, 2019 and concluding on August 14, 2019.

If any applications are received after August 14, 2019, applications will be reviewed and scored in PHASE 4.

The number of member positions used and remaining at the conclusion of PHASE 3 will be posted to the Department website on September 11, 2019 unless the Department at its sole discretion extends this date.

RFP Issued: June 6, 2019
Written Questions and Responses
Round 1 Questions Due: June 13, 2019
Responses Posted By: June 18, 2019
Round 2 Questions Due: July 11, 2019
Responses Posted By: July 16, 2019
Final Questions Due: August 1, 2019
Responses Posted By: August 6, 2019
Applications Due: August 14, 2019
Post Notice of Intent to Award: September 11, 2019
Anticipated Contract Period: October 15, 2019 -November 30, 2020

PHASE 4 (contingent on available funding):

During PHASE 4, all applications for full-time (refer to document posted on the Department website listing number of open positions) will be accepted beginning on August 15, 2019 and concluding on September 19, 2019.

If any applications are received after September 19, 2019, applications will be reviewed and scored in PHASE 5.

The number of member positions used and remaining at the conclusion of PHASE 4 will be posted to the Department website on October 19, 2019 unless the Department at its sole discretion extends this date.

RFP Issued: August 15, 2019
Written Questions and Responses
Round 1 Questions Due: August 22, 2019
Responses Posted By: August 27, 2019
Round 2 Questions Due: August 30, 2019
Responses Posted By: September 4, 2019
Final Questions Due: September 9, 2018
Responses Posted By: September 17, 2018
Applications Due: September 19, 2019
Post Notice of Intent to Award: October 16, 2019
Anticipated Contract Period: November 1, 2019 - November 30, 2020

PHASE 5 (contingent on available funding):

During PHASE 5, all applications for half-time, quarter-time, and minimal-time members (refer to document posted on the Department website listing number of open positions) will be accepted beginning on November 29, 2019 and concluding on March 12, 2020.

The number of member positions used and remaining at the conclusion of PHASE 5 will be posted to the Department website on March 12, 2020 unless the Department at its sole discretion extends this date.

RFP Issued: November 27, 2019
Written Questions and Responses
Round 1 Questions Due: December 10, 2019
Responses Posted By: December 17, 2018
Round 2 Questions Due: January 15, 2020
Responses Posted By: January 22, 2020
Final Questions Due: February 13, 2020
Responses Posted By: February 19, 2020
Applications Due: March 12, 2020
Post Notice of Intent to Award: April 8, 2020
Anticipated Contract Period: June 1, 2020 - November 30, 2020

There is a 2:1 match required (two parts Department to one part contractor), e.g., a $15,000 award will require $7,500 in match. In-kind match is acceptable with documentation. No state or federal funds may be utilized as match.

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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https://entaa.iowa.gov/entaa/sso?appId=ITE_BUGS&callingApp=https://www.iowagrants.gov/login.do&tab=createacct

John McMullen, Program Officer
515-281-6646 x
john.mcmullen@idph.iowa.gov

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Funding or Pin Number:

RFP 58819006

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