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Deadline: December 2, 2015

New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism: New Mexico State Americorps Grant

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 can 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.

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 Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS) has targeted Americorps funds to the following six focus areas:

  1. 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.
  2. 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, including youth identified in My Brother’s Keeper 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Environmental Stewardship: Grants will provide support for increased individual behavioral change leading to increased energy efficiency, renewable energy use, and ecosystem improvements particularly for economically disadvantaged households and communities. Grant activities will decrease energy and water consumption; improve at-risk ecosystems; increase behavioral changes that lead directly to decreased energy and water consumption or improved at-risk ecosystems; and/or increase green training opportunities that may lead to decreased energy and water consumption or improved at-risk ecosystems.
  5. 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.
  6. Veterans and Military Families: Grants will positively impact the quality of life of veterans and improve military family strength; increase the number of veterans, 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.

CNCS has designated the following as 2016 Priority Funding issue areas: Disaster Services; Economic Opportunity; Education; Environment; Veterans and Military Families; Governor and Mayor Initiatives; My Brother’s Keeper; Multi-Focus Intermediaries; Safer Communities; and Elder Justice.

Additional AmeriCorps Priority Funding Areas/Program Models include:

  • Next Gen AmeriCorps: Depending on overall funding available, CNCS is inviting applicants to propose the Next Generation AmeriCorps or Next Gen AmeriCorps. The importance of service remains even within tight fiscal constraints we face as a nation. The goal of Next Gen AmeriCorps is to use innovative strategies to offer the same service opportunities but at a more efficient cost to the government. To participate, applicants must have a cost per member that is lower than $10,000 per year per full time member using CNCS funding. CNCS is looking for innovative approaches and models to implement, for example: locating operations in Promise Zones, areas that meet Promise Zone criteria, or that demonstrate other indicators of severe need.
  • Encore Programs: Congress set a goal that 10 percent of AmeriCorps funding should support Encore service programs that engage a significant number of participants age 55 or older. CNCS seeks to meet that target in this competition and encourages encore programs to apply. Encore will provide an opportunity for current evidence-based Senior Corps Foster Grandparents Program and Senior Companion Program grantees to expand their programs through AmeriCorps funding.

Amount: CNCS expects a highly competitive AmeriCorps FY 2016 grant competition. The actual level of funding will be subject to the availability of annual appropriations, which have not yet been made. The award period is generally for three years.

Eligibility: Public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and other community organizations; institutions of higher education; government entities within states or territories (e.g., cities, counties); labor organizations; partnerships and consortia; and federally recognized Indian tribes. Eligible applicants are further defined as follows:

  • New AmeriCorps State Competitive Grant Applicants: Organizations that have never received AmeriCorps funding are encouraged to apply.
  • Continuation AmeriCorps State Competitive Grant Applicants: Organizations that have current AmeriCorps State awards not ending in FY16 must submit a continuation application in order to be eligible to receive funding for the following year.
  • Recompeting AmeriCorps State Competitive Grant Applicants: Current AmeriCorps State Competitive operating grantees in the third year of a three-year grant are eligible to recompete for new funding beginning in the 2016-17 program year with this application.

Link: http://www.dws.state.nm.us/nmccv/Funding-Opportunities/Current-Opportunities

Note: A pre-proposal conference will be held on November 6, 2015. Notice of intent to apply is also due November 6, 2015.

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