CNCS – Elder Justice AmeriCorps Grant Program (2016)

Technical Assistance Call: October 20, 2015 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Register here. Notification of Intent to Apply due: December 9, 2015 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time Full Applications Due: January 20, 2016 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time


The Department of Justice, through its Elder Justice Initiative and its Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency which administers AmeriCorps and other national service programs, are announcing Elder Justice AmeriCorps. Elder Justice AmeriCorps is a new grant program to provide legal assistance and support services to victims of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation and to promote pro bono capacity building in the field. This effort will expand a partnership between the two agencies, which includes justice AmeriCorps, a legal aid program launched in 2014 by the Department of Justice and CNCS to serve vulnerable populations.

The Elder Justice AmeriCorps program will consist of a single grant to an intermediary organization that will support approximately 60 full-time AmeriCorps positions for each year of the two-year program.

Funding Title: Elder Justice AmeriCorps

Agency Name: DOJ & CNCS

Funding Instrument Type: Grant program

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes

Target Population:  Elderly/ vulnerable populations

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes. LSC programs should note that CNCS allows LSC funds to be used as match money for AmeriCorps programs.

Current Closing Date for Applications: Notification of Intent to Apply due: December 9, 2015 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time/ Full Applications Due: January 20, 2016 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time

How to Apply:    

Applicants must submit their applications electronically via the CNCS web-based system, eGrants ( Because it is a unique system, it is recommended that applicants create an eGrants account and begin the application creation process at least three weeks before the deadline. Applicants should draft the application as a word processing document and 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 word processing software may be different than what will print out in eGrants. CNCS will consider the number of pages as they print out through eGrants when determining compliance with any page limits in this Notice. Contact the National Service Hotline at 800-942-2677 or via their online portal if a problem arises while creating an account or while preparing or submitting an application in eGrants.

Notification of Intent to Apply: Submission of a Notification of Intent to Apply is required to be eligible for this competition and is due Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Please send the intent by using this link.

Full Application: Please see the Application Instructions document.

Eligible Applicants:  Public or private nonprofit organizations, including faithbased and other community organizations; institutions of higher education; government entities within states or territories (e.g., cities, counties); labor organizations; partnerships and consortia; and federally recognized Indian Tribes. Receiving funding previously from CNCS or another Federal agency is not a prerequisite to apply under this Notice. CNCS encourages organizations that have never received funding from CNCS to apply

In addition to being eligible to apply under this Notice, federally recognized Indian Tribes will also be eligible to apply under a separate Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity for Indian Tribes for operating or planning grants released later in the fall with an application deadline of spring 2016. Organizations that have been convicted of a federal crime are disqualified from receiving the assistance described in this Notice. Pursuant to the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, an organization described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue code of 1986, 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(4), that engages in lobbying activities is not eligible to apply.

Link to Full Information: Interested applicants can review the Notice of Funding Opportunity and the Notice Glossary 2016 documents.

Technical Assistance: Join CNCS on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 1 pm Eastern to learn about the Elder Justice AmeriCorps. Interested organizations are encouraged to join this call to learn more about the grant opportunity and to get questions answered. Register here.

(Required pre-call reading: 2016 Notice of Funding Opportunity, 2016 Notice Glossary, 2016 Application Instructions)

Categories: Corporation for National and Community Service, Education Organizations, Elderly, Government Organizations, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Non-profit Organizations, Victims of Crime

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