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2020 AmeriCorps State Competitive Grant

Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs
for Volunteer Efforts that Benefit the Community

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Serve Washington and Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

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10/30/19 5:00 PM PDT


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Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, Tribes, and IHEs to meet critical community needs through civic engagement and volunteer efforts. Funding is intended to support volunteer services in the areas of public safety, education, literacy and tutoring, the environment, basic human needs and Homeland Security.

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 from the National Service Trust that members can use to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans.

CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in the following areas:

  • Economic Opportunity – evidence-based interventions on the CNCS Evidence Exchange. In order to qualify for this priority, the applicant must be assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence by the reviewers.  Or increasing economic opportunities for communities by preparing people for the workforce.
  • Education - evidence-based interventions on the CNCS Evidence Exchange. In order to qualify for this priority, the applicant must be assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence by the reviewers.
  • Healthy Futures - evidence-based interventions on the CNCS Evidence Exchange. In order to qualify for this priority, the applicant must be assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence by the reviewers. Or 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.
  • Rural intermediaries - organizations that demonstrate measurable impact and primarily serve rural communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure. 
  • Faith-based organizations.

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. Proposing programs that receive priority consideration does not guarantee funding.

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GrantWatch ID#: 187125

Estimated Size of Grant:

AmeriCorps Operating Grants: CNCS may award a Cost Reimbursement or a Fixed Amount grant to any successful applicant, but the availability of a Full-Time Fixed Amount grant is limited to certain applicants.

The total amount of an applicant’s grant request must not exceed $15,479 per Member Service Year.

For Professional Corps, the applicant’s grant request must not exceed $1,000 per Member Service Year.

For Education Award Programs, the applicant’s grant request must not exceed $800 per Member Service Year.

Term of Contract:

CNCS anticipates making three-year grants. 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 start date may not occur prior to the date CNCS awards the grant. AmeriCorps members may not enroll prior to the start date of the award. AmeriCorps members may not begin service prior to the beginning of the member enrollment period as designated in the grant award. A program may not certify any hours a member performs prior to the beginning of the member enrollment period.

The earliest project award period allowed is August 1, 2020 – July 30, 2021.
The latest project award period allowed is January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021.

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)

New Applicants:

CNCS encourages organizations that have not received prior funding from CNCS to apply. The general practice is to award no more than 50 member positions (slots) to organizations receiving an AmeriCorps grant for the first time.

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

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are highly encouraged to participate in an online technical assistance session via WebEx on Thursday, October 3 to review application instructions and as an opportunity for applicants to ask questions about the process.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Join Audio Only: 1-855-929-3239
Meeting Number: 808 677 442

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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Meeting Number: 808 382 023

Pre-Application Information:

Application Process Timeline:
- Completed Applications Due from Applicants: October 30, 2019 by 5:00 PM
- Staff Review for Compliance: October 31, 2019
- Grant Review Committee Application Review: November 1-21, 2019
- Grant Review Committee Meeting to Obtain Clarification from Applicants as needed and to Develop Recommendation Report for Serve Washington Commissioners: November 22, 2019
Note: Applicants must be available by phone on this day in the event the GRC needs additional information or clarification. Interviews will not be conducted.
- Clarification and Revision Period for Some Applicants: Beginning on/around November 25, 2019
- Serve Washington Commissioners Vote on Grant Review Committee Recommendation: December 12, 2019
- Notification to Applicants Regarding Serve Washington Vote: Week of December 16, 2019
- Clarification/Revision Period Continues for Selected Applicants: Notification - January 3, 2020
- Serve Washington to submit applications to CNCS No Later Than: January 8, 2020
- Date CNCS expects to be able to notify applicants of award selection: May 2020

Questions and responses will be included in a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that will be periodically updated on the Serve Washington website.

All application materials must be completed and submitted in eGrants by 5:00 PM (PDT) on October 30, 2019.

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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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