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Grants to USA States, Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and IHEs for Volunteer Services to Benefit Communities

FY 2023 AmeriCorps State and National Grants


GrantWatch ID# 148449
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
AmeriCorps
CFDA Number: 94.006
Funding or PIN Number: AC-08-17-22
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
All USA
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Conference Date: 10/25/22
Deadline: 01/04/23 5:00 PM ET

Grant Description
Grants to USA states, territories, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and IHEs to employ volunteer staff to carry out a broad range of community services. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting an application. Funding is available as cost reimbursement grants or as fixed cost grants.

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible 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 that they can use to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans.

AmeriCorps’ priorities for this funding opportunity are:

  • Organizations leading service in communities with concentrated poverty, rural communities, tribal communities, and those organizations serving historically underrepresented and underserved individuals, including but not limited to communities of color, immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities, people who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community, people with arrest and/or conviction records, and religious minorities;
  • Evidence-based interventions on the AmeriCorps Evidence Exchange that are assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence. Please note that many of these interventions have demonstrated effectiveness in improving outcomes for individuals living in underserved communities and that the agency has committed resources to supporting grantees seeking to replicate and evaluate these interventions in similar communities;
  • Veterans and Military Families, Caregivers, and Survivors – a program model that improves the quality of life of veterans and improves the well-being of military and veteran families, caregivers, and survivors,
  • Faith-based organizations;
  • Programs that provide additional benefits to AmeriCorps members aimed at enhancing member experience and bolstering member recruitment and retention such as paying more than the minimum living allowance, transportation, housing, food, etc.;
  • Programs that create workforce pathways for AmeriCorps members, including deliberate training, certifications, and hiring preferences or support; and
  • Environmental Stewardship, including supporting communities to become more resilient through measures that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve land and water, increase renewable energy use and improve at-risk ecosystems, especially in underserved households and communities.
  • Economic Mobility Corps

AmeriCorps may award a Cost Reimbursement or a Fixed Amount grant to any successful applicant, but the availability of a Full-Cost Fixed Amount grant is limited to certain applicants. For more information on grant types, see https://www.americorps.gov/sites/default/files/document/ASN_FY2023_Competitve_Notice_508_072722.pdf#page=6.



Recipient

Eligibility
  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
The following non-Federal entities (all of which are defined in 2 CFR 200.1) are eligible to apply:
- Indian Tribes
- Institutions of higher education
- Local governments
- Nonprofit organizations
- State service commissions
- States and US Territories

AmeriCorps encourages organizations that have not received prior funding from AmeriCorps to apply.

New applicants are eligible to apply for Cost Reimbursement and Education Award Program (EAP) grant but are not eligible to apply for Full Cost Fixed Amount grants.

For further information on types of applicants, see https://www.americorps.gov/sites/default/files/document/ASN_FY2023_Competitve_Notice_508_072722.pdf#page=8.

Pre-Proposal Conference
AmeriCorps is hosting technical assistance webinars for applicants to answer questions about the funding opportunity and eGrants. AmeriCorps strongly encourages all applicants participate in these sessions.

AmeriCorps State and National 2023 Funding Opportunities: Intro to AmeriCorps
Tuesday September 20th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
https://americorps.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_1C8Ioc8aR6e_wuFBOk7irQ

FY23 AmeriCorps State and National Competitive NOFO Overview
Monday, October 3rd from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET
https://americorps.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_FS4F9qGsQPuooK1x5icqyA

FY23 AmeriCorps State and National NOFOs Best Practices in Developing Performance Measures
Tuesday, October 25th from 1 :00 to 2:00 pm ET
https://americorps.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_KOlp_f20QSGF0SGsHWB5Ew

Pre-Application Information
Applications are due not later than Wednesday, January 4, 2023, by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Commissions’ deadlines may be significantly before the AmeriCorps deadline, so prospective Single-State applicants should contact their respective Commission as soon as possible.

Successful applicants will be notified by mid April 2023.

Applicants must have a valid SAM registration and Unique Entity Identifier to receive an award. SAM registration must be renewed annually. AmeriCorps suggests that applicants finalize a new registration or renew an existing one at least three weeks before the application deadline, to allow time to resolve any issues that may arise.

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 submits the applications it selects to compete for funding directly to AmeriCorps. State Commissions have their own application processes and may have additional requirements.

Applicants in South Dakota, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands apply directly to AmeriCorps because this State and these Territories do not have an established Commission.

If circumstances make it impossible for an applicant to submit in eGrants, applicants may send a paper copy of the application via overnight carrier. Please use a non-U.S. Postal Service carrier to avoid security-related delays. All deadlines and requirements in this Notice also apply to paper applications.

Applicants must submit applications electronically via eGrants, AmeriCorps' web-based application system. AmeriCorps recommends that applicants create an eGrants account and begin the application at least three weeks before the deadline. Applicants should draft the application as a Word document, then copy and paste the text into the appropriate eGrants field no later than 10 days before the deadline.

Cost Sharing or Matching:
- There is no match requirement for Fixed Amount grants.
- Cost Reimbursement Grants Applicants are required to match funds. For more information, see: https://www.americorps.gov/sites/default/files/document/ASN_FY2023_Competitve_Notice_508_072722.pdf#page=10

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=343155

Webinar Recording (Sept. 20, 2022): https://youtu.be/5S7Qteror-8

Estimated Size of Grant
Award amounts will vary as determined by the scope of the projects.

For details on maximum costs, see https://www.americorps.gov/sites/default/files/document/ASN_FY2023_Competitve_Notice_508_072722.pdf#page=7.

Term of Contract
AmeriCorps anticipates making three-year grant awards. AmeriCorps generally makes an initial award for the first year of the period of performance, based on a one-year budget. Continuation awards for subsequent years are not guaranteed; they depend upon availability of appropriations and satisfactory performance.

Successful applicants will be issued awards by mid July 2023.

Contact Information
Apply online: https://egrants.cns.gov/espan/main/login.jsp

Send paper copy applications to:
AmeriCorps
ATTN: Office of Grant Administration (OGA)/AmeriCorps State and National
Application
250 E Street, SW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20525

For more information, call (202) 606-7508 or email americorpsgrants@cns.gov.

State Service Commission contacts: https://americorps.gov/contact/state-service-commissions

For technical issues related to eGrants, please visit the National Service Hotline or call 1-800-942-2677 or make contact via https://questions.americorps.gov/app/ask.

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