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2021 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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10/28/20 5:00 PM PT


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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 economy, environment, COVID-19 community recovery, advancing racial equality, and more.

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.

Serve Washington Funding Priorities

  • 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

CNCS Funding Priorities:

  • Efforts to help local communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Programs that actively engage in removing structural racial inequities, advancing racial equality, and increasing opportunity in order to achieve sustainable change in communities
  • Economic Opportunity – a program model that increases economic opportunities for communities by preparing people for the workforce
  • Healthy Futures – a program model that reduces and/or prevents prescription drug and opioid abuse
  • Any Evidence-based interventions on the CNCS Evidence Exchange that are assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence.
  • Veterans and Military Families – a program model that positively impacts the quality of life of veterans and improves military family strength
  • Rural intermediaries - organizations that demonstrate measurable impact and primarily serve rural communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Programs that reduce child poverty
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Economic Mobility Corps – a joint initiative with the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund to place national service members at Certified Community Development Financial Institutions to enhance their capacity to provide financial literacy, financial planning, budgeting, saving, and other financial counseling activities in distressed and underserved areas

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GrantWatch ID#: 187125

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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.

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, 2021 – July 31, 2022.
The latest project award period allowed is January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following Non-Federal entities (as defined in 2 C.F.R. §200.69) are eligible to apply:
- Federally Recognized Indian Tribes (2 C.F.R. §200.54)
- Institutions of Higher Education (2 C. F.R. §200.55)
- Local Governments (2 C.F.R. §200.64)
- Nonprofit Organizations (2 C.F.R. §200.70)
- States (2 C.F.R. §200.90)

Organizations that have been convicted of a federal crime are disqualified from receiving this assistance.

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) grant but are not eligible to apply for Full-Cost Fixed Amount grants.

Pre-proposal Conference:

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

New/Recompete 10am-12pm
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Join Audio Only: 1-855-929-3239
Meeting Number: 133 867 3215
Password: AmeriCorps20!

Continuations Only 2pm-3:30pm
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Meeting Number: 133 499 7052
Password: AmeriCorps20!

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- Request for Grant Applications Released: September 23, 2020
- Technical Assistance WebEx for Potential Applicants: September 30, 2020
- Completed Applications Due from Applicants: October 28, 2020 by 5:00 PM PT
- Staff Review for Compliance: October 29-30, 2020
- Grant Review Committee Application Review: November 2-18, 2020
- Grant Review Committee Meeting: November 19 or 20, 2020
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 23, 2020
- Serve Washington Commissioners Vote on Grant Review Committee Recommendation: December 3, 2020
- Notification to Applicants Regarding Serve Washington Vote: Week of December 7, 2020
- Clarification/Revision Period Continues for Selected Applicants: Notification – December 31, 2020
- Serve Washington Submits Applications to CNCS: January 6, 2021 by 2:00 PM
- CNCS Expects to Notify Applicants of Award Selection: May 2021

Applicants must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN), a Dun and Bradstreet University Numbering System (DUNS), and be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM).

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 (PT) on October 28, 2020. Additionally, all required additional documents must be submitted via email by the same deadline.

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