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AmeriCorps State and National Tribal Grants

Deadline: July 23, 2021

AmeriCorps State and National grants are awarded to 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 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 AmeriCorps 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 i.e. broad band and building/renovating low income housing.
• Education – improving student academic performance in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and/or serving students who attend Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools.
• Environmental Stewardship – i.e. traditional food systems
• Healthy Futures – a program model that reduces and/or prevents prescription drug and opioid abuse.
• Veterans and Military Families – a program model that improves the quality of life outcomes of veterans and improves military family strength.
• Programs that reduce child poverty.

Amount: Grant awards have two components: operating funds and AmeriCorps member positions. Grant award amounts vary both in the level of operating funds and in the type and amount of AmeriCorps member positions, as determined by the scope of the projects.

The Maximum Costs per (one) AmeriCorps Member Service Year (MSY) is as follows:
• Cost reimbursement: $18,000 maximum
• Fixed amount grant: $18,000 maximum

Match requirements:
• Fixed amount grants: There are no specific match requirements, however, CNCS does not provide all the funds needed to operate the program.
• Cost reimbursement grants: A first-time awardee is required to match at 24 percent for the first three-year funding period. Starting with year four, the match gradually increases every year to 50 percent by year ten.

Eligibility: Federally-recognized Indian tribes and tribal organizations controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by Indian tribes. An entity applying on behalf of a federally-recognized tribe, or multiple specific federally-recognized tribes, must submit a sanctioning resolution, applicable for the entirety of the period of performance that the applicant is applying for, adopted by the Tribal Council (or comparable tribal governing body) of each Indian tribe.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333777

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