Corporation for National and Community Service: AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants
The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS) is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic participation through service and volunteering. The AmeriCorps Indian Tribes competition will prioritize the investment of national service resources in:
- Disaster Services – improving community resiliency through disaster preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation
- Economic Opportunity – increasing economic opportunities for communities, specifically opportunity youth, both as the population served and as AmeriCorps members
- Education – improving student academic performance, including subject matter related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics (STEM), and/or serving students who attend Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools
- Healthy Futures – positively impacting behavioral health outcomes and/or increasing the capacity of tribal communities to offer behavioral health prevention and support services
- Veterans and Military Families – positively impacting the quality of life of veterans and improving military family strength
AmeriCorps Indian Tribes grants may be awarded as either a planning grant or program grant:
- A planning grant provides support to a grant recipient for the development of an AmeriCorps program that will engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to solve community problems. Grant recipients are expected to be better prepared to compete for an AmeriCorps program grant in the following grant cycle. A planning grant may not be used to support AmeriCorps members.
- AmeriCorps program grants are awarded to eligible applicants proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions 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.
Amount: AmeriCorps planning grants are limited to $75,000 each. Program grant awards will vary and are based on a cost per Member Service Year (MSY). In 2016, this is $13,730 for a cost reimbursement grant and $13,430 for a fixed amount grant. Most applicants will be able to apply for a cost reimbursement grant. A match of 24% is required in the first year, with matching funds increasing each year of the grant period.
Eligibility: Federally-recognized Indian tribes and tribal organizations. Tribal organizations must have a sanctioning resolution adopted by the Tribal council or similar governing body that authorizes it to be the legal applicant and act on behalf of the Tribe.
Notes: CNCS encourages applicants to submit a Notification of Intent to Apply by April 20, 2016 by using this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CNCSIntentToApply2016AmeriCorpsIndianTribes.
Several technical assistance webinars are available. See the above website.
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