‘FY 14 AmeriCorps State and National Grant Competition Announced

 

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Corporation for National and Community Service
AmeriCorps State and National Grant Competitions
Grant FY 2014
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=242033
Notice of Intent Deadline: December 11, 2013
Grant Application Deadline: January 9, 2014

Grant Amount: Varies depending on proposed “Member Service Year” (MSY). MSY maximum is $13,300 per MSY for the individual competitive multi-state program. (As it is a competitive bid, projects proposing a lower MSY cost may be given preference over higher rate bids.)

The purpose of this AmeriCorps funding is to support eligible organizations proposing to operate projects in multiple states that partner with local providers to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. (Organizations that are proposing a project that operates in only one state must apply to this competition through the Governor-appointed State or Territory Commissions.) 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.

Eligibility: Private institutions of higher education; Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized); Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; Special district governments; Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; Public and State controlled institutions of higher education; County governments; Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments); Independent school districts; Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; City or township governments; State governments

CNCS is targeting AmeriCorps funds to the following focus areas:

  • Disaster Services
  •  Economic Opportunity (help economically disadvantaged people to have improved access to services aimed at contributing to their enhanced financial literacy; transition into or remain in safe, healthy, affordable housing; and have improved employability leading to increased success in becoming employed)
  • Education Grants (provide support and/or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to improved educational outcomes for economically disadvantaged individuals, especially children. CNCS is particularly interested in program designs that support youth engagement and service-learning as strategies to achieve improved academic outcomes. Grant activities will improve school readiness for economically disadvantaged young children; educational and behavioral outcomes of students in low-achieving elementary, middle, and high schools; and the preparation for, and prospects of success, in post-secondary educational institutions for economically disadvantaged students. Also supports summer programming for K-12 students, especially those programs that address the academic “summer slide.” Proposed activities will engage youth and young adults as summer members to help support summer reading, math, science, and environmental learning activities for youth in rural and urban areas most likely at risk of summer learning loss.
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Healthy Futures (support for health needs within communities including access to care, aging in place, and childhood obesity)
  • Veterans and Military Families
  • Governor and Mayor Initiative (address a pressing challenge the Governor wishes to solve in her or his state)

Capacity-building Grants also will provide support for capacity-building activities provided by national service participants. As a general rule, CNCS considers capacity-building activities to be indirect services that enable CNCS-supported organizations to provide more, better, and sustained direct services in CNCS’ six focus areas. Capacity building activities cannot be solely intended to support the administration or operations of the organization. Examples of capacity building activities include recruiting and/or managing community volunteers; implementing effective volunteer management practices; completing community assessments that identify goals and recommendations; developing new systems and business processes (technology, performance management, training, etc.); or enhancing existing systems and business processes.

Other criteria:

  • Encore Programs – 10 percent of AmeriCorps funding should support encore service programs that engage a significant number of participants age 55 or older.
  • Professional Corps Professional Corps programs recruit and place qualified members in positions as teachers, health care providers, police officers, engineers, or other professionals in communities with an inadequate number of such professionals. Applicants are eligible to apply for funding for a portion of the program costs. Professional Corps members’ salaries are paid entirely by the organizations with which the members serve, and are not included in the budget.
  • National Performance Measures

CNCS will give priority consideration to applicants in the following Tiers, in descending order of preference:

  • Tier 1: Programs that select: Complementary Program Measures in Economic Opportunity; Veterans and Military Families; Disaster Services; or Governor and Mayor Initiative.
  • Tier 2: Programs that select Priority Measures in: Environmental Stewardship; Healthy Futures; or Capacity Building Education
  • Tier 3: Programs that select Complementary Program Measures.
  • Tier 4: Programs in the Focus Areas with self-nominated measures.
  • Tier 5: Programs outside the Focus Areas with self-nominated measures.

Continuation requests for expansion will receive priority consideration and preference in the same manner as described above.

 

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