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Serve New Mexico Formula Request for Applications

Deadline: April 30, 2021

The Serve New Mexico Formula Request is for a pool of AmeriCorps national service funding (the Formula pool) that is determined on the basis of a statewide competition and selected by the Serve New Mexico Commission (the Commission). Any application in response to this request is for this statewide Formula pool of funding. Applicants should propose an AmeriCorps program that will operate and provide service solely within the geographic borders of New Mexico.

In order to maximize the impact of public investment in national service, the Commission seeks to fund programs that can demonstrate community impact and solve community problems using an evidence-based or evidence-informed approach.

The competition will target AmeriCorps grant making on six national focus areas:

  • Disaster Services— 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 — 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 9 financial literacy; transition into or remain in safe, healthy, affordable housing; and/or have improved employability
  • Education— 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’ preparation for success in post-secondary educational institutions
  • Environmental Stewardship— 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; and provide reforestation services after floods or fires
  • Healthy Futures— support for 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— 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 AmeriCorps programs; and/or increase the number of veterans and military family members engaged in service through AmeriCorps programs

The Commission also seeks to prioritize the following areas:

  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education
  • Healthy Futures
  • Veterans and Military Families
  • Rural intermediaries — organizations that demonstrate measurable impact and primarily serve rural communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure
  • Safer Communities — programs that focus on public safety, and/or partnerships between law enforcement and the community
  • COVID-19 response — efforts to help local communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic; applicants may propose programming in any focus area to aid communities as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Justice, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion — programs that actively engage in removing structural racial inequities, advancing racial equality, and increasing opportunity in order to achieve sustainable change in communities

In order to receive Priority consideration, applicants must demonstrate that the priority area is a significant part of the program focus and intended outcomes, and must include a high-quality program design.

Note: Notice of Intent to Apply/Readiness Checklist/agency specific W9 submissions are due April 1, 2021; all questions must be submitted to the Commission by April 5, 2021.

Amount: The Commission will make awards in two categories (see solicitation for details):

  • Operating grant awards—will 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.
  • Planning Grants—will have one component: operating funds solely used to plan and develop a future operational program.

Note: All applicants are required to request at least 10 member slots and/or 5 Member Service Years; applicants requesting fewer than 10 members and/or 5 Member Service Years will be deemed noncompliant and will not be reviewed. See solicitation for details.

Eligibility: Indian Tribes, Institutions of higher education, Local governments, Nonprofit organizations, States

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

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