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Deadline: January 13, 2015

Corporation for National and Community Service: Operation AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in well-designed 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 receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust.

Operation AmeriCorps is a new program to help tribal and local leaders use AmeriCorps to accomplish big things in their community.  As part of Operation AmeriCorps, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is asking tribal and local leaders to identify a high-priority local challenge that AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and/or AmeriCorps VISTA members can address in a relatively short period of time (no more than two years).

The Fiscal Year 2015 Operation AmeriCorps competition has two funding priorities. Applicants may choose to apply to either of the priorities.

  • Priority 1: Priority 1 applications will receive higher preference for funding; applicants are encouraged to consider submitting a Priority 1 application in order to improve their chances to receive a grant. Priority 1 applications will propose a transformational project that uses a national service solution to ensure that every high school senior has a career or educational opportunity upon high school graduation. Using AmeriCorps as the catalyst to engage the whole community, the goal is for every graduating high school senior to participate in one of the following five options following high school graduation: 1) Further education, including at two- or four-year colleges; 2) Military service; 3) National service in AmeriCorps; 4) Employment; or 5) A paid internship, a registered apprenticeship, or job training program.
  • Priority 2: Priority 2 applications may propose transformational projects that address any of CNCS’s six focus areas: economic opportunity, education, disaster services, veterans and military families, healthy futures, or environmental stewardship. Examples include projects that use national service resources to ensure that every third grader is reading on grade level, dramatically increase energy efficiency, or end veterans’ homelessness.

Applicants should show how they will coordinate with national service programs in their communities. This includes coordination with other AmeriCorps programs and grantees from Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund.

Amount: The maximum amount an applicant may request from CNCS per Member Service Year (MSY) is determined on an annual basis and is $13,730 for fiscal year 2015.

Eligibility: Tribal and local governments, including counties, cities, towns, and school districts; and state service commissions.

Link: http://www.nationalservice.gov/build-your-capacity/grants/funding-opportunities/2015/fy-15-operation-americorps-competition

Notes: Technical assistance is available for the application process. See the schedule and materials at: http://www.nationalservice.gov/build-your-capacity/grants/funding-opportunities/2015/fy-15-operation-americorps-competition#calls. Applicants from New Mexico should apply directly to CNCS (not the New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism). A notice of intent to apply is due December 29, 2014.

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