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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and IHEs to Improve Public Health and Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis

FY 2023 AmeriCorps State and National Public Health AmeriCorps Grants


GrantWatch ID# 198510
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
AmeriCorps
CFDA Number: 94.006
Funding or PIN Number: AC-08-20-22
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 and territories nonprofit organizations, local government agencies, tribes, and IHEs to implement volunteer programs that improve public health and respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize.

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.

Public Health AmeriCorps will include an investment from the American Rescue Plan Act workforce funding that will enable the recruitment, training, and development of a new generation of public health leaders who are ready to respond to the public health needs of the nation by providing public health service in communities.

Public Health AmeriCorps has two main goals:   

  • Help meet public health needs of local communities by providing needed capacity and support in state and local public health settings and advancing more equitable health outcomes for communities who are currently or historically underserved.  
  • Provide pathways to good, quality public health-related careers by providing exposure through onsite experience, training, and more, with a focus on recruiting AmeriCorps members who reflect the communities in which they will serve.

AmeriCorps members will serve primarily in state, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments or in service to public health departments. It is strongly recommended that AmeriCorps members serve in at least teams of two. AmeriCorps has found that placing at least two members at a service site location provides economies of scale and aids in retention of members. 

AmeriCorps’ priorities for this funding opportunity are:

  • Efforts to help local communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may propose programming to aid communities in their efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, including public health challenges that have been exacerbated by the pandemic, such as mental health and substance abuse.
  • Programs creating pathways to good-quality public health-related careers through onsite experience and training (including pre-apprenticeship or registered apprenticeship programs, work experience and job training programs, and other workforce training and development programs),
  • 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. 


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
- Public health departments
- Nonprofit organizations
- States and US Territories
- State service commissions

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

For further details on types of applicants, see https://www.americorps.gov/sites/default/files/document/ASN_FY2023_PublicHealthAmeriCorps_Notice_508_072722.pdf#page=7.

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 Public Health AmeriCorps NOFO
Thursday, October 6th from 1 :00 to 2:00 pm ET
https://americorps.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_o1wO27ivTY2QZVSlUxxSNw

- 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.

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.

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.

There is no cost share or matching requirement per the Interagency Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has provided the funding for this program.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=343156

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

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$400,000,000

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

Maximum cost reimbursement per MSY: $28,800

Term of Contract
AmeriCorps anticipates making two-year grant awards. AmeriCorps generally makes an initial award for the first year of the period of performance, based on a one-year budget. Applicants must submit a one-year budget. Applicants may propose any program start date that aligns with their program design. 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 Public Health AmeriCorps 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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