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Deadline: April 29, 2015

Corporation for National and Community Service: AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) seeks to expand economic opportunity by helping Americans acquire the skills, education, and training they need for productive employment. By helping more Americans graduate, pursue higher education, and find work, national service can provide immediate and long term benefits by expanding individual opportunity, building family stability, and creating more sustainable, resilient communities.

Under the AmeriCorps Indian Tribal grant program, CNCS may award an AmeriCorps planning grant or an AmeriCorps 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 awarded up to $75,000 for a 12-month planning period and 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.

CNCS has included the following priorities for this grant program:

  • 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 STEM
  • Veterans and Military Families: positively impacting the quality of life of veterans and improving military family strength
  • Healthy futures: positively impacting behavioral health outcomes and/or increasing the capacity of tribal communities to offer behavioral health prevention and support services

In addition to the funding priorities listed above, AmeriCorps is partnering with the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) to create the Indian Education Fellows program. The purpose of the Indian Education Fellows grant program is to provide academic support, tutoring and mentoring to Native children and youth in BIE funded schools. The Fellows will serve as mentors, tutors and educators providing an array of academic support to Native students. The program aims to improve student academic performance and engagement while preparing students for lifelong success. Grant applicants for the Indian Education Fellows program may create member positions for Fellows incorporating one or more of the following interventions, or identify appropriate interventions in conjunction with the school(s) where members will serve:

  • Delivering a hands on, engaging curriculum before, during and/or after school
  • Teaching, tutoring and/or mentoring of students before, during and/or after school
  • Creating opportunities for students that strengthen the connection between academic success, college and career by recruiting and/or managing volunteers from the community (businesses, nonprofits, colleges, and other local organizations) to share their experiences and opportunities with students
  • Establishing a school culture and environment that uses data to inform instructional/program decisions, creates a safe learning environment, and/or fosters regular communication with families

Amount: Planning grants: Up to $75,000 for one year; Program grants: Amount varies based on the number of AmeriCorps members and is generally based on a cost per “member service year.”

Eligibility: Federally-recognized Indian Tribes and tribal organizations. A nonprofit that desires to apply for a grant as a “tribal organization” on behalf of a federally-recognized tribe, or multiple specific federally-recognized tribes, must submit a sanctioning resolution adopted by the Tribal Council (or comparable tribal governing body) of each tribe.

Link: http://www.nationalservice.gov/build-your-capacity/grants/funding-opportunities/2015/americorps-indian-tribes-grants-fy-2015#fund,glossay,appinst

Notes: There are a number of technical assistance phone call opportunites available. Please visit the above website for details. An optional notice of intent to apply is due by April 8.

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