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AmeriCorps State Competitive Grant

Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and IHEs to
Engage Volunteers in Projects that Meet Community Needs

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Serve Washington and AmeriCorps

Deadline Date:

10/20/21 5:00 PM PT

Description:

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Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations, government agencies, Tribes, and IHEs to meet community needs through civic engagement and volunteer efforts. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to support volunteer services in the following areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.

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

AmeriCorps Funding Priorities 

  • 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 outcomes of COVID-19 on student subgroups described in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
  • Educational opportunity and economic mobility for communities experiencing persistent unemployment or underemployment, and students experiencing homelessness or those in foster care.
  • Programs that prioritize civic engagement and social cohesion.
  • Evidence-based interventions on the AmeriCorps Evidence Exchange that are assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence. Please note that many of these interventions have demonstrated effectiveness in improving outcomes for individuals living in underserved communities and that the agency has committed resources to supporting grantees seeking to replicate and evaluate these interventions in similar communities.
  • Veterans and Military Families, Caregivers, and Survivors – a program model that improves the quality of life of veterans and improves the well-being of military families, caregivers, and survivors.
  • Rural intermediaries - organizations that demonstrate measurable impact and primarily serve rural communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure.
  • Environmental stewardship and climate change including renewable energy and energy efficiency, building community resilience, sustainable food systems and agriculture, and conservation and habitat preservation.
  • Faith-based organizations.
  • Economic Mobility Corps

For more information on the Focus Areas, see https://servewashington.wa.gov/sites/default/files/public/grant/fy2022_asn_competitive_nofo.508.pdf#page=4

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187125

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

The project award period is one full year, generally the 1st of the month through the last day of the 12th month.
- The earliest project award period allowed is August 1, 2022 – July 31, 2023.
- The latest project award period allowed is January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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
- Nonprofit organizations
- States

For information about the Requirement for Minimum Number of Member Service Years, see https://servewashington.wa.gov/sites/default/files/public/grant/ffy22_rfga_competitive_amend.pdf#page=6.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are required to complete applications for funding in accordance with Serve Washington's Request for Grant Applications, released September 23, 2021. Applications are due October 20, 2021.

All application materials must be completed and submitted in eGrants by 5:00 p.m. (PT) on October 20, 2021.

Application Process Timeline:
- Request for Grant Applications Released: September 23, 2021
- Technical Assistance WebEx for Potential NEW AND RECOMPETE Applicants: September 29, 2021 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (WebEx Recording: https://watech.webex.com/watech/ldr.php?RCID=4937a8b13d654d7779dc8a5e4441c434)
- Technical Assistance WebEx for CONTINUATION Applicants September 29, 2021 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Completed Applications Due from All Applicants: October 20, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.
- Staff Review for Compliance: October 21-22, 2021
- Grant Review Committee Application Review: October 25-November 10, 2021
- Grant Review Committee Meeting (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.) November 12, 2021
- Clarification and Revision Period for Some Applicants Beginning On/Around: November 15, 2021
- Serve Washington Commissioners Vote on Grant Review Committee Recommendations: December 2, 2021
- Notification to ALL Applicants Regarding Serve Washington Vote: Week of December 6, 2021
- Clarification/Revision Period Continues for Selected COMPETITIVE Applicants: Notification - December 31, 2021
- Serve Washington submits COMPETITIVE applications to AmeriCorps No Later Than: January 5, 2022
- AmeriCorps Expects to Notify COMPETITIVE Applicants of Award Selection: May 2022

Single-state applicants proposing to operate in Washington must apply through Serve Washington, the state commission. Multi-state applicants (National Directs) must apply through AmeriCorps and are required to submit the online consultation form in advance of the application deadline.

Some grants require cost sharing or matching. See https://servewashington.wa.gov/sites/default/files/public/grant/fy2022_asn_competitive_nofo.508.pdf#page=10 for more information.

All applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM) at https://www.sam.gov/SAM/ and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete. If an applicant is awarded a grant, it must maintain an active SAM registration throughout the life of the 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.

Applications must include a DUNS number. Applicants can obtain a DUNS number at no cost by calling the DUNS number request line at (866) 705-5711 or by applying online at the DUNS Request Service at https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform. AmeriCorps recommends registering at least 30 days before the application due date.

The Federal government is implementing Unique Entity Identifiers (UEI) as part of the SAM registration process to eventually replace DUNS numbers. AmeriCorps may ask applicants to add the UEI to their application as part of the clarification or pre-award process. AmeriCorps is adding a field to capture the UEI in eGrants. If you already have a UEI and the UEI field is available in eGrants, you can enter it at the time you submit your application.

Contact Information:

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

eGrants: https://egrants.cns.gov/espan/main/login.jsp

Email servewa@ofm.wa.gov with any questions regarding the grant process.

CFDA Number:

94.006

Funding or Pin Number:

State Solicitation Number: 21-1300

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