New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism: AmeriCorps State Program Application (Formula Pool)Deadline: May 1, 2018
The New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism (the Commission) is a Governor-appointed Commission. It is a diverse, non-partisan body of, among others, representatives of business, labor, education, government, human service agencies, and community-based organizations. The Commission directs national service policy for the state and directly administers funding awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to support New Mexico AmeriCorps programs.
The Commission seeks proposals to be considered for a pool of AmeriCorps national service funding (Formula Pool) that is determined by a formula based on each state’s population. Proposed programs should operate and provide service solely within the geographic borders of New Mexico. Proposed programming should be designed with two goals in mind:
- To ensure any programs selected by the Commission from within the Formula Pool maybe of value to New Mexico citizens and may achieve demonstrable results within the state and its communities
- To ensure only well-written, well-designed, quality applications are forwarded to the Commission Board for funding consideration
The Commission will select proposals to support AmeriCorps state programs that will engage individuals of all backgrounds in service programs designed to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement. State AmeriCorps grants are awarded to organizations 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.
AmeriCorps members will be recruited, trained, supervised, and managed by the funded organization. Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service, members earn an Eli 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 targeted Americorps funds to the following six focus areas:
- Disaster services: Grant activities will 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. Grantees also have the ability to respond to national disasters under cooperative agreements and FEMA mission assignments.
- Economic opportunity: Grants will 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 will 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 prepare for success in post-secondary educational institutions.
- Environmental stewardship: Grants will support responsible stewardship of the environment, while preparing communities for challenging circumstances and helping Americans respond to and recover from disruptive life events: 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; and more. AmeriCorps programs support activities, such as conservation and fire corps, which may help veterans and others learn new job skills through conservation service.
- Healthy futures: Grants will provide support for activities that will improve access to primary and preventive health care for communities served by CNCS-supported programs; 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 in youth with the purpose of reducing childhood obesity.
- Veterans and military families: Grants will 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-supported programs.
For 2018-2019, CNCS has identified the following priority funding areas (note that priority funding is not identical in all cases to focus areas outlined above):
- 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 to prepare them for the workforce.
- Education: Improving student academic performance in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics (STEM).
- 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: Activities that focus on public safety and preventing and mitigating civil unrest, and/or partnerships between law enforcement and the community.
- Planning grants: These grants that maybe used to develop new national service models that seek to integrate members in innovative ways.
- Encore programs: Programs that engage Americans age 55 and older.
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. Although the majority of funding agreements will cover a one-year project period, the Commission may also chose to make awards that will cover a three-year project period.
The Maximum Cost per Member Service Year (MSY) is as follows:
- Cost reimbursement: $13,830 maximum
- Fixed amount grant: $13,430 maximum
The general practice is to award no more than 50 member slots and at least 5 MSY and/or 10 member slots to organizations receiving an AmeriCorps grant for the first time.
- Cost reimbursement grant: 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 chart in solicitation for more details).
- Fixed amount grants and education award program grants: There is no specific match requirement for Full Time Fixed Amount, Education Award Program, and AmeriCorps Partnership Challenge grants. The Corporation does not provide all the funds necessary to operate the program; therefore organizations must raise the additional revenue required to operate the program.
Eligibility: Indian tribes, institutions of higher education, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and states. Organizations must operate programs only within the state of New Mexico.
The Commission encourages organizations that have never received AmeriCorps funding to apply.
Additional eligibility notes:
- 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. Existing subgrantees/operating sites of fixed amount and cost reimbursement grantees that can demonstrate a successful history and current capacity to manage a fixed amount grant are considered to have AmeriCorps experience and therefore can apply for fixed amount grants (see solicitation for more information).
- Continuation AmeriCorps state formula grant applicants: Organizations that have current AmeriCorps state formula awards not ending in FY18 must submit a continuation application in order to be eligible to receive funding for the following year.
- Recompeting AmeriCorps state formula grant applicants: Current AmeriCorps State Formula operating grantees in the third year of a three-year grant are eligible to recompete for new funding beginning in the 2018-19 program year with this application. If notification for competitive award is received during the formula application timeline, applicants are required to accept competitive funding and exit from consideration for formula funding (see solicitation for more details).
- Applications in pending competitive funding status: Organizations that submitted an application for competitive funding that was successfully recommended to CNCS for funding by the Commission in January of 2018 and are awaiting their funding status from CNCS are eligible to respond to this application for formula funding by submitting a word document application (not via eGrants at this time; see solicitation for more details).
Note: A timetable of key events is given below:
- Online technical assistance sessions: Week of April 9th (monitor Commission website for posting of dates and times)
- Letter of acknowledgement/notification of intent to apply and readiness checklist (required): April 17, 2018 by 4:00 PM Mountain due by email to Sara.Brownstein@state.nm.us
- In-person pre-proposal conference/grant informational session: April 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, located in the Tiwa Building at 401 Broadway NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
- Submittal of written questions deadline: April 18, 2018
- Response to written questions: April 19, 2018
- Application due: May 1, 2018 by 4:00 PM