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FY 2019 AmeriCorps VISTA Campus Recruitment Support

Cooperative Agreements to Institutions of Higher
Education to Promote National Service on Campus

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Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

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08/26/19 5:00 PM Eastern Time


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Cooperative agreements ranging from $15,000 to $20,000 to institutions of higher education to promote national service on campus. Funding is intended for efforts to engage the public, on university campuses and in surrounding communities, to increase the number of applicants applying for AmeriCorps VISTA service opportunities. Eligible applicants include United States two-year and four-year higher education institutions with at least 5,000 undergraduate students.

AmeriCorps VISTA is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). AmeriCorps VISTA works to eliminate poverty by recruiting VISTA members who, through their service, develop initiatives that enable people to become self-sufficient and secure.

AmeriCorps VISTA will develop support relationships with higher education institutions to assist in their examination and improvement of efforts to maximize public responsiveness and recognition of AmeriCorps VISTA service opportunities within campus communities and, where appropriate, surrounding cities and communities, to increase the number of applicants applying to AmeriCorps VISTA service opportunities associated with those communities and environments.

The funding mechanism for the AmeriCorps VISTA Campus Recruitment Support is a cooperative agreement. Under a cooperative agreement, CNCS is substantially involved with the recipient organizations as the approved cooperative agreement activities are implemented.

CNCS will assign a program officer, who will confer with the award recipient regularly and frequently to develop and/or review service delivery and project status, including work plans, budgets, periodic reports, evaluations, etc.

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GrantWatch ID#: 186610

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Award amounts will vary, as determined by the scope of the projects. CNCS expects to make awards in the range of $15,000 to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

CNCS anticipates making one-year cooperative agreement awards. CNCS generally makes an initial award for the first year of operation, based on a one-year project period. Continuation awards for subsequent years depends upon availability of appropriations and satisfactory performance and is not guaranteed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following non-federal entities (as defined in 2 CFR §200.69) that have DUNS numbers and are registered in System for Award Management (SAM) are eligible to apply:
- Institutions of higher education (2 CFR §200.55), both four-year and two-year, with at least 5,000 undergraduate students

Under Section 132A(b) of the National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended, organizations that have been convicted of a federal crime may not receive assistance described in this Notice.

Applications that propose to engage in activities that are prohibited under CNCS’s statutes, regulations, or the terms and conditions of its awards are not eligible to receive CNCS funding.

Note that under provisions included in CNCS’s annual appropriations act, if CNCS is aware that any corporation has any unpaid federal tax liability—
- That has been assessed
- For which all judicial and administrative remedies have been exhausted or have lapsed
- That is not being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement with the authority responsible for collecting the tax liability—
then that corporation is not eligible for an award 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 interests of the federal government.

Pursuant to the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, an organization described in 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.

Funding restrictions:
a. Indirect Costs: Indirect Costs are not eligible for this funding opportunity.
b. Pre-Award Costs: Federal funds awarded pursuant to this Notice will not allow reimbursement for pre-federal award costs.

Pre-proposal Conference:

CNCS will host a technical assistance call to answer questions about this funding opportunity. CNCS strongly encourages all interested applicants to participate in the call.

Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM (ET)

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by Monday, August 26, 2019, at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.

Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, September 20, 2019.

If circumstances make it impossible for an applicant to submit in eGrants, applicants may send a paper copy of the application via overnight carrier below. Applicants must include a written explanation and any other documentation or evidence that support their inability to submit their application electronically.

Notice of Funding Opportunity:
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Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Corporation for National and Community Service
ATTN: Office of Grants Policy and Operations/AmeriCorps VISTA Campus Recruitment
Support Application 250 E Street, SW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20525

For questions, contact:

National Service Hotline at (800) 942-2677
The TTY (Text Telephone) number is (800) 833-3722.

CFDA Number:

94.027-AmeriCorps Vista

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