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FY21 AmeriCorps State and National Grant Competition

Grants to Louisiana Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs
for Volunteer Services to Benefit Communities

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Volunteer Louisiana and Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

Conf. Date:

10/29/20

Deadline Date:

11/13/20 7:00 PM CST

Description:

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Grants to Louisiana nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, Tribes, and IHEs to employ volunteer staff to carry out a broad range of community services. Applicants must attend a technical assistance session, complete required registrations, and submit an initial application prior to submitting a full application.

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. AmeriCorps Operating Grants may be awarded as Cost Reimbursement or a Fixed Amount grant.

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

  • Efforts to help local communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may propose programming in any CNCS focus area to aid communities as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Programs that actively engage in removing structural racial inequities, advancing racial equality, and increasing opportunity in order to achieve sustainable change in communities.
  • Economic Opportunity – a program model that increases economic opportunities for communities by preparing people for the workforce.
  • Education – see sixth bullet.
  • Healthy Futures – a program model that reduces and/or prevents prescription drug and opioid abuse.
  • Evidence-based interventions on the CNCS Evidence Exchange (https://www.nationalservice.gov/impact-our-nation/evidence-exchange) that are assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence.
  • Veterans and Military Families – a program model that positively impacts the quality of life of veterans and improves military family strength.
  • Rural intermediaries - organizations that demonstrate measurable impact and primarily serve rural communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure.
  • Faith-based organizations.
  • Programs that reduce child poverty.
  • Environmental stewardship.
  • Economic Mobility Corps – a joint initiative with the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund to place national service members at Certified Community Development Financial Institutions to enhance their capacity to provide financial literacy, financial planning, budgeting, saving, and other financial counseling activities in distressed and underserved areas (See Attachment A)

To receive priority consideration, applicants must show that the priority area is a significant part of the program focus and intended outcomes, and must include a high-quality program design. Proposing programs that receive priority consideration does not guarantee funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187097

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award amounts will vary, as determined by the scope of the projects.

Cost Reimbursement Grant: Maximum Cost per MSY - $16,300

Fixed Amount Grants:
- Full Cost: Maximum Cost per MSY - $16,300
- Education Award Program (EAP): Maximum Cost per MSY - $800 or $1,000
- Professional Corps: Maximum Cost per MSY - $1,000
- No Cost Slots: Maximum Cost per MSY - $0

Term of Contract:

CNCS anticipates making three-year grants. CNCS 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.

The project start date may not occur prior to the date CNCS awards the grant. AmeriCorps members may not enroll prior to the start date of the award. AmeriCorps members may not begin service prior to the beginning of the member enrollment period as designated in the grant award. A program may not certify any hours a member performs prior to the beginning of the member enrollment period.

Fall 2021: Anticipated FY21 Program Start Date

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

CNCS encourages organizations that have not received prior funding from CNCS to apply. New applicants are eligible to apply for Cost Reimbursement and Education Award Program (EAP) grant but are not eligible to apply for Full-Cost Fixed Amount grants.

Note that under appropriations provisions annually enacted by Congress, 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—
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

Professional Corps are not eligible to apply for Cost Reimbursement grants.

Pre-proposal Conference:

In order to be eligible for funding consideration, a representative from the applying organization must participate in a mandatory session. All sessions are similar; applicants need only to participate in ONE. To register, email Stephanie at Strahan@crt.la.gov.

New Applicants
- October 6th, 10:00 am
- October 13th, 1:00 pm
- October 29th, 1:00 pm

Re-compete Applicants
- October 8th, 12:30 pm
- October 22, 10:00 am
- October 27th, 1:00 pm

Continuation Applicants
- October 1st, 1:00 pm
- October 28th, 10:00 am

Optional Technical Assistance:

All like sessions are the same; if the applying agency opts to participate in optional technical assistance, they need only to participate in one of the types. To register, email Stephanie at the above email address.

Performance Measures/Theory of Change:
- October 14th, 10:00 am
- November 5th, 10:00 am

Budget:
- October 19th, 10:00 am
- November 2nd, 1:00 pm

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for Applications for the FY21 AmeriCorps State Program Grant Competition through Volunteer Louisiana is Friday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. CST.

FY 2021 Timeline:
- Nov 13, 2020: All FY 2021 Initial Applications due to Volunteer Louisiana
- Dec 9, 2020: Volunteer Lousiana Competitive
- Jan 4, 2021: Final Application due to Volunteer Louisiana
- Jan 6, 2021: Competitive Applications due to CNCS
- Mid May 2021: Anticipated Notification of Competitively funded programs by CNCS
- Mid May 2021: Formula Phase of process begins
- June 1, 2021: Formula Applications due to CNCS
- July 15, 2021: Anticipated Notification of approved Formula grants
- Fall 2021: Anticipated FY21 Program Start Date

Volunteer Louisiana recommends that applicants create an eGrants account and begin the application at least three weeks before the deadline.

Required Registrations:
- All applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM) at https://www.sam.gov/SAM/ and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete. Volunteer Louisiana suggests that applicants finalize a new registration or renew an existing one at least three weeks before the application deadline, to allow time to resolve any issues that may arise.
- The Federal government is implementing Unique Entity Identifiers (UEI) as part of the SAM registration process to eventually replace DUNS numbers. CNCS may ask applicants to add the UEI to their application as part of the clarification or pre-award process. Applicants can obtain a DUNS number at no cost by calling the DUNS number request line at (866) 705-5711 or by applying online at the DUNS Request Service. CNCS recommends registering at least 30 days before the application due date, if applicants do not yet have their UEI.

If circumstances make it impossible for an applicant to submit in eGrants, applicants may send a paper copy of the application via overnight carrier. Please use a non-U.S. Postal Service carrier to avoid security-related delays. All deadlines and requirements in this Notice also apply to paper applications.

Cost Sharing or Matching:
- Fixed Amount Grants: There is no match requirement for Fixed Amount grants.
- Cost Reimbursement Grants: Applicants are required to match funds. For more information, see https://volunteerlouisiana.gov/sites/default/master/files/public/ASN_FY2021_NOFO_FINAL-Louisiana.pdf#page=7.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://egrants.cns.gov/espan/main/login.jsp

Additional documents must be emailed to strahan@crt.la.gov

Send paper copy applications to:
Corporation for National and Community Service
ATTN: Office of Grants Administration (OGA)/FY21 AmeriCorps State & National Grants
250 E Street, SW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20525

To register for technical assistance sessions or to request an application package, email Stephanie at Strahan@crt.la.gov. Applicants can also send an email to americorpsgrants@cns.gov or call (202) 606-7508 for a printed copy of the application materials.

For more information, call (202) 606-7508 or email americorpsgrants@cns.gov.

For technical questions and problems with the eGrants system, call the National Service Hotline at (800) 942-2677.

Volunteer Louisiana
701 N. 4th St., 4th Floor
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

CFDA Number:

94.006

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Louisiana

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