Corporation for National and Community Service: AmeriCorps State and National GrantsDeadline: January 30, 2019
The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic participation through service and volunteering. AmeriCorps 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.
CNCS has identified the following focus areas to be supported by AmeriCorps funds:
- Disaster Services: Grants provide support to increase the preparedness of individuals for disasters, improve individuals’ readiness to respond to disasters, help individuals recover from disasters, and/or help individuals mitigate disasters.
- Economic Opportunity: Grants provide support and/or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to the improved economic well-being and security of economically disadvantaged people; help economically disadvantaged people to have improved access to services that enhance financial literacy; transition into or remain in safe, healthy, affordable housing; and/or 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 children; improved school readiness for economically disadvantaged young children; improved educational and behavioral outcomes of students in low-achieving elementary, middle, and high schools; and/or support economically disadvantaged students to prepare for success in post-secondary educational institutions.
- Environmental Stewardship: Grants support responsible stewardship of the environment, while preparing communities for challenging circumstances and helping Americans respond to and recover from disruptive life events, including programs that conserve natural habitats; protect clean air and water; maintain public lands; support wildland fire mitigation; cultivate individual and community self-sufficiency; provide reforestation services after floods or fires.
- Healthy Futures: Grants support activities that will address the opioid crisis; increase seniors’ ability to remain in their own homes with the same or improved quality of life for as long as possible; and/or increase physical activity and improve nutrition with the purpose of reducing obesity.
- Veterans and Military Families: Grants positively impact the quality of life of veterans and improve military family strength; increase the number of veterans, wounded warriors, military service members, and their families served by CNCS-supported programs; and/or increase the number of veterans and military family members engaged in service through CNCS programs.
In the 2019 AmeriCorps competition, CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in:
- Economic Opportunity: Increasing economic opportunities for communities by engaging opportunity youth to prepare them for the workforce.
- Education: Selection of one of the evidence-based interventions in three categories: School readiness (three evidence-based interventions), K-12 success (nine evidence-based interventions), and post-secondary support (one evidence-based intervention). Evidence-based programs are defined as programs that have been rigorously evaluated and have demonstrated positive results for at least one key desired outcome. Rigorous evaluation means conducting at least one Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) or Quasi-Experimental Design (QED) evaluation of the same intervention described in the application.
- Healthy Futures: 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 communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure.
- Safer Communities: Programs that focus on public safety, and/or partnerships between law enforcement and the community.
- Faith-based organizations.
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.
The Maximum Costs per Member Service Year (MSY) are as follows:
- Cost reimbursement: $15,192 maximum/traditional
- Fixed amount: $15,192 maximum/full time
- Professional Corps fixed amount: $1,000
- Education Award Program (EAP): $800
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) grants but are not eligible to apply for full-time fixed amount grants.
- Cost reimbursement programs operating in rural communities and cost reimbursement programs that recruit opportunity youth as AmeriCorps members may request up to $15,360 cost per MSY for the AmeriCorps members who will be serving in rural areas or who are opportunity youth.
- CNCS requires Professional Corps programs to cover the operating expenses associated with the AmeriCorps program through non CNCS funding. CNCS will only consider operating funds of up to $1,000 per MSY if an applicant is able to demonstrate significant organizational financial need based on the materials reviewed by the Office of Grant Management.
- A first-time successful applicant is required to match at 24 percent for the first three-year funding period. Starting with year four, the match requirement gradually increases every year to 50 percent by year ten (see solicitation for a chart showing required share percents for each year).
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations; states; local governments; institutions of higher education; and Indian tribes. Organizations must apply to operate in more than one state.
Organizations that propose to operate in only one state must apply through the Governor-appointed State or Territory Commissions. Each state and territory administers its own selection process and puts forward to CNCS the applicants it selects to compete for funding. State applicants must contact their State Commissions to learn about their state or territory processes and deadlines. The State Commission for New Mexico is the New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism: https://www.dws.state.nm.us/nmccv/Funding-Opportunities/Funding-Overview
Note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a Notification of Intent to Apply by December 12, 2018.