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2019 AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants

Grants to USA Tribes for Community Building Efforts

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Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

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05/06/20 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA tribes for community building efforts. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Focus areas include education, substance abuse, workforce expansion, and veterans and military families. Funding is intended to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.

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.

In the FY 2020 AmeriCorps Indian Tribes competition, CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in:

  • Economic Opportunity – increasing economic opportunities for communities by preparing people for the workforce.
  • Education – improving student academic performance in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and/or serving students who attend Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools
  • Healthy Futures - reducing and/or preventing prescription drug and opioid abuse.
  • Veterans and Military Families - positively impacting the quality of life of veterans and improving military family strength.
To receive priority consideration, applicants must show that the priority area is a significant part of the program focus and intended outcomes, and must include a high-quality program design. 
Types of Award
  • AmeriCorps Operating Grants: CNCS 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.
  • AmeriCorps Planning Grants: CNCS is seeking applications for planning grants that will be used to develop national service models. Planning grants are only available as a Cost Reimbursement grant.

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GrantWatch ID#: 170343

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards have two components: operating funds and AmeriCorps member positions. Award amounts will vary, as determined by the scope of the projects.

Term of Contract:

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

The project period for a planning grant cannot exceed 12 months and the planning grant award covers only a one-year period of time.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following Non-Federal entities (as defined in 2 CFR §200.69) are eligible to apply: Indian tribes (2 CFR §200.54)

In addition to Indian tribes as defined in 2 CFR 200.54, tribal organizations that are controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by federally recognized Indian tribes are also eligible to apply. If an entity applies for an award as a tribal organization that is controlled or chartered by one or more Indian tribes, the organization must provide copies of, or links to, documentation which demonstrates that the organization is controlled or chartered by a federally recognized Indian tribe. If an entity applies as an organization sanctioned by a federally recognized tribe, or multiple specific federally recognized tribes, it must submit a sanctioning resolution, adopted by the Tribal Council (or comparable tribal governing body) of each Indian tribe. The resolution(s) must identify the entity applying for a CNCS award by name as a tribal organization that is sanctioned, the Indian tribe(s) for the purpose of applying for CNCS funding (or federal grant funds generally).

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

For other eligibility requirements, see

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications to the 2020 NOFO is Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. CNCS expects that successful applicants will be notified by Monday, July 6, 2020.

Entities must have a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) to receive an award. For more information, see

CNCS recommends that applicants create an eGrants account and begin the application at least three weeks before the deadline, and submit their drafted text into the appropriate eGrants field no later than 10 days before the deadline.

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

Applicants must submit applications electronically via eGrants, CNCS’s web-based application system at

Applicants should contact the National Service Hotline at (800) 942-2677 or via eGrants Questions at if they have a problem when they create an account, prepare, or submit the application. The general public hours for the National Service Hotline are as follows:
• Mon - Fri, 9 am – 7 pm ET (Jan, May, June, July, Aug, Sept)
• Mon - Thu, 9 am – 7 pm ET (Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec)

If circumstances make it impossible for an applicant to submit in eGrants, applicants may send a paper copy of the application via overnight carrier below.
Corporation for National and Community Service
ATTN: Office of Grant Administration (OGA)/AmeriCorps Application
250 E Street, SW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20525

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