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AmeriCorps State Formula Grant - Planning Grant

Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Agencies,
Tribes, and IHEs to Plan Community Services

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Serve Washington and AmeriCorps

Deadline Date:

10/20/21 5:00 PM PST


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Grants of up to $75,000 to Washington local and state governments, nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and Indian Tribes to support volunteer staff working in a broad range of community services. Funding is intended for initial support to current staff or to hire additional staff who can plan a proposed AmeriCorps program and develop systems for successful implementation of an AmeriCorps operational grant application. Planning grants do not receive/provide AmeriCorps members.

AmeriCorps Focus Areas:

  • Disaster Services
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Healthy Futures
  • Veterans and Military Families

For additional information about these focus areas, see:

Serve Washington seeks to develop a diverse grant portfolio of programs that meet AmeriCorps Focus Areas and/or Serve Washington priority areas:

  • Service strategies are driven by community identified priorities
  • Organizations that are led and staffed by people that reflect the communities being served
  • Programs that strive to recruit and select national service members that reflect communities being served
  • Models that utilize service as a strategy to develop career pathways, address the housing crisis, support child wellness, and tackle climate change
  • Replicate proven models that support a locally identified need
  • Models that engage adults 55+
  • Ensure resources are available to tribes, rural, and other underrepresented communities, and results in a geographically diverse portfolio of programs

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153652

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards for planning grants may not exceed $75,000.

Term of Contract:

The project period is January 1, 2022 – July 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following Non-Federal entities (as defined in 2 CFR §200.69) who have DUNS numbers and are registered in System for Award Management (SAM) are eligible to apply:
- Indian Tribes (2 CFR §200.54)
- Institutions of higher education (2 CFR §200.54)
- Local governments (2 CFR §200.64)
- Nonprofit organizations (2 CFR §200.70)
- States (2 CFR §200.90

Additionally, only organizations who have not previously received funding from Serve Washington OR currently funded organizations who are proposing a new project are eligible to apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Technical Assistance WebEx

Applicants are highly encouraged to participate in an online technical assistance session via WebEx on Thursday, September 30 to review application instructions and as an opportunity for applicants to ask questions about the process.

Planning Grants Only 10:30 pm - 12:00 pm
Join Online Here:
Join Audio Only: 1-855-929-3239
Meeting Number: 2466 164 1068
Meeting Password: AmeriCorps21!

Pre-Application Information:

All application materials must be completed and submitted in eGrants by 5:00 pm (PST) on October 20, 2021. Required additional documents must be submitted via email by the same deadline.

Important Dates:
- Request for Grant Applications Released: September 23, 2021
- Technical Assistance WebEx for Potential Applicants: September 30, 2021, 10:30 am
- Completed Applications Due from Applicants: October 20, 2021 by 5:00 pm
- Staff Review for Compliance: October 21-22, 2021
- Grant Review Committee Application Review: October 25-November 10, 2021
- Grant Review Committee Meeting: November 12, 2021; Note: Applicants must be available by phone on this day in the event the GRC needs additional information.
- Clarification/Revision Period for Some Applicants: Beginning On/Around November 15, 2021
- Serve Washington Commissioners Vote on Grant Review Committee Recommendation: December 2, 2021
- Notification to Applicants Regarding Serve Washington Vote: Week of December 6, 2021
- Serve Washington to Submit Applications to AmeriCorps: Week of December 6, 2021

Please ask all questions no later than one week before the deadline, or October 13, 2021.

Planning grants are awarded on a cost-reimbursement basis only. If awarded, grantees will submit monthly invoice packages to Serve Washington for reimbursement. Grantees are required to match at 24 percent, either through cash or in-kind.

Applications must include a DUNS number and an Employer Identification Number. The DUNS number does not replace an Employer Identification Number. DUNS numbers may be obtained at no cost by applying online:

After obtaining a DUNS number, all applicants must register with the SAM and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete and, if a grant is awarded, throughout the life of the award.

During the planning grant period, applicants will be notified of operational grant funding opportunities. Serve Washington will work with the applicant to determine the best competition to apply for. Applying for an operational grant is not required, but applicants will be encouraged to move in that direction and coached on feasibility.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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