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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:

11/07/19

LOI Date:

11/15/19

Deadline Date:

01/03/20

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 submit an initial application prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to support volunteer services in the areas of public safety, education, literacy and tutoring, the environment, basic human needs and Homeland Security.

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.

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

  • Economic Opportunity – evidence-based interventions on the CNCS Evidence Exchange. In order to qualify for this priority, the applicant must be assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence by the reviewers.  Or increasing economic opportunities for communities by preparing people for the workforce.
  • Education - evidence-based interventions on the CNCS Evidence Exchange. In order to qualify for this priority, the applicant must be assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence by the reviewers.
  • Healthy Futures - evidence-based interventions on the CNCS Evidence Exchange. In order to qualify for this priority, the applicant must be assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence by the reviewers. Or 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.
  • Rural intermediaries - organizations that demonstrate measurable impact and primarily serve rural communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure. 
  • Faith-based organizations.

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:

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.

The total amount of an applicant’s grant request must not exceed $15,479 per Member Service Year.

For Professional Corps, the applicant’s grant request must not exceed $1,000 per Member Service Year.

For Education Award Programs, the applicant’s grant request must not exceed $800 per Member Service Year.

Term of Contract:

CNCS anticipates making three-year grants. CNCS generally makes an initial award for the first year of operation, based on a one-year project period. 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.

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 and Volunteer Louisiana encourage organizations that have not received prior funding from CNCS to apply. The general practice is to award 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) grant but are not eligible to apply for Full-cost Fixed Amount grants. Volunteer Louisiana only accepts applications for programs with a minimum of 5 MSYs included; applications submitted with less than 5MSYs will not be considered for funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Mandatory Technical Assistance:

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.

New and Re-compete Applicants:
- October 1, 10:00 AM: AmeriCorps 101/FY20 NOFO (New and Recompete)
- October 7, 1:00 PM: AmeriCorps 101/FY20 NOFO (New and Recompete)
- October 10, 10:00 AM: AmeriCorps 101/FY20 NOFO (New and Recompete)
- October 22, 10:00 AM: AmeriCorps 101/FY20 NOFO (New and Recompete)
- October 30, 1:00 PM: AmeriCorps 101/FY20 NOFO (New and Recompete)

Continuation Applicants
- October 9, 1:00 PM: FY20 NOFO (Continuations)
- October 29, 10:00 AM: FY20 NOFO (Continuations)
- November 4, 1:00 PM: FY20 NOFO (continuations)

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 type.

- October 14, 1:00 PM: Budget (optional)
- October 17, 10:00 AM: Budget (optional)
- November 7, 1:00 PM: Budget (optional)
- October 16, 1:00 PM: Theory of Change (optional)
- October 30, 10:00 AM: Theory of Change (optional)
- November 5, 10:00 AM: Theory of Change (optional)

To register for any of the above sessions, email Stephanie at Strahan@crt.la.gov.

Pre-Application Information:

FY 2020 Timeline:
- Nov 15, 2019: All FY 2020 Initial Applications due to Volunteer Louisiana
- Dec 6, 2019: Volunteer Louisiana Competitive Negotiation Period Begins
- Jan 3, 2020: Final Application Due to Volunteer Louisiana
- Jan 8, 2020: Competitive Applications due to CNCS
- May 1, 2020: Anticipated Notification of Competitively funded programs by CNCS
- May 4, 2020: Formula Phase of process begins
- May 15, 2020: Formula Applications due to CNCS
- June 30, 2020: Anticipated Notification of approved Formula grants
- Fall 2020: Anticipated FY20 Program Start Date

For more information relating to Performance Measurement, visit https://www.nationalservice.gov/resources/performance-measurement

For more information relating to Financial and Grants Management, visit https://www.nationalservice.gov/resources/financial-management

For more general AmeriCorps resources, visit https://www.nationalservice.gov/resources/americorps

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

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Louisiana