CNCS – 2015 Operation AmeriCorps

Letters of Intent Due: December 29, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Concept Papers Due: January 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Description:   CNCS is seeking to partner with localities to use national service as the transformative catalyst to address a pressing problem. Tribal and local leaders (a mayor or other chief executive) will identify a high priority local challenge which AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps NCCC and/or AmeriCorps VISTA members can holistically address in a relatively short period of time (no more than two years). The solution must be place-based, coordinated with CNCS and other local organizations, and transformational in its expected outcome in order to succeed in the competition. The solution may be a new initiative, or it may use national service to scale up an existing successful effort.

Funding Title:    2015 Operation AmeriCorps

Agency Name:    Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

Funding Instrument Type:     The AmeriCorps State and National grant portion of your support will be awarded on a cost reimbursement basis.The AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps NCCC portion of your support will be AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps NCCC members. You will be responsible for supervision and support costs of the AmeriCorps VISTA members and for securing housing for the AmeriCorps NCCC members.

Express Language for Legal Aid:    No. However, AmeriCorp in the past has funded attorneys, paralegals and others working in legal aid programs.

Target Population:   Underserved communities and vulnerable populations in need of comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services

Expected Number of Awards:

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:    The entity leading this project is expected to invest its own resources, and leverage additional community support for this project. Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide evidence of community funding and support, including the involvement of other national service programs operating in the locality. Matching requirements for AmeriCorps State and National grants are 24% (cash or in-kind) for the first three years of any grant, details are specified at §§ 45 C.F.R. 2521.35 – 2521.95. Cost share is not required for the AmeriCorps NCCC and AmeriCorps VISTA positions that are awarded, although cost share for the AmeriCorps VISTA positions is highly encouraged and will increase an applicant’s competitiveness.

How to Apply:    Applicants must submit their applications electronically via the CNCS web-based system, eGrants. We recommend that applicants create an eGrants account and begin the eGrants application creation process at least three weeks before the deadlines. Applicants should draft the application as a word processing document, then copy and paste the document into the appropriate eGrants fields no later than 10 days before the deadline. Please note the length of a document in your word processing software likely will be different than what will appear in eGrants. See more details under 4.b Content and Page Limits.
Contact the National Service Hotline at 800-942-2677 or questions.nationalservice.gov if a problem arises
while creating an account or while preparing or submitting an application in eGrants. National Service
Hotline hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. Be prepared to provide the
application ID and your organization’s name and inform the Hotline that you are calling in regards to the
Operation AmeriCorps Notice.

Current Closing Date for Applications: 

Letters of Intent Due: December 29, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Concept Papers Due: January 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Estimated Total Program Funding:   All awards are subject to the availability of annual appropriations, which have not yet been made.

Award Ceiling:    $0

Award Floor:    $0

Eligible Applicants:   Tribal governments; local governments of U.S. cities, counties or towns; school boards; state service commissions; and quasi-governmental organizations such as Councils of Governments and non-profit regional development authorities including park, housing, or economic development authorities may apply. You are encouraged to work with local partners including public agencies or private non-profit organizations, including faith-based and other community organizations; institutions of higher education; other government entities; labor organizations; other partnerships and consortia; and other national service programs (AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, Volunteer Generation Fund) in your community. A government applicant may enlist a community partner to serve as fiscal agent.

Priority Consideration:  

Priority 1
(Priority 1 applications will receive higher preference for funding; applicants are encouraged to consider
submitting a priority 1 application in order to improve their chances to receive a grant.)
Priority 1 applications will propose a transformational project that uses a national service solution to
ensure that every high school senior has a career or educational opportunity upon high school graduation.
Using AmeriCorps as the catalyst to engage the whole community, the goal is for every graduating high
school senior to participate in one of the following five options following high school graduation:
• Further education, including at two- or four-year colleges
• Military service
• National service in AmeriCorps
• Employment
• A paid internship, a registered apprenticeship, or job training program.

Priority 2
Priority 2 applications may propose transformational projects that address any of CNCS’s six focus areas: economic opportunity, education, disaster services, veterans and military families, healthy futures, or environmental stewardship. Examples include projects that use national service resources to ensure thatevery third grader is reading on grade level, dramatically increase energy efficiency, or end veterans’homelessness. Detailed descriptions of the CNCS focus areas are in Attachment  1 and AmeriCorps. NCCC issue areas are in Attachment 2.

Policy and Regulations on Use of Funds:     This Notice should be read together with the CNCS Regulations at 45 C.F.R. Chapters XII and XXV, and the Performance Measures in Attachment 6. The full regulations are available online at www.ecfr.gov. The TTY number is 800-833-3722. For a printed copy of related material, call 202-606-7508.

Current/Past Funding Recipients:

Samples of Successful Application:

Link to Full Announcement: http://www.nationalservice.gov/documents/main-menu/2014/operation-americorps-notice-funding-opportunity

Contact Information: This Notice is available at nationalservice.gov/funding-opportunities. The TTY number is 202–606-3472. For a printed copy of this information or further information e-mail OperationAmeriCorps@cns.gov.

The mailing address is:
Corporation for National and Community Service
ATT: Office of Grants Policy and Operations/OperationAmeriCorps
1201 New York Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20525

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Categories: Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS), Disaster Victims, Education, Environment, Government Organizations, Health Care, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Pass-Through Funds/ Block Grants, Tribal, Veterans

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