NOFA - Applications for AmeriCorps State Programming
Grants FY 2014
December 1st - Letter of Intent
Notices of Federal Funding Opportunity
For: Applications to Volunteer NH for AmeriCorps State Grants FY 2014
AmeriCorps in NH
AmeriCorps provides support to nonprofits, faith-based and community organizations, and public agencies committed to meeting critical needs in education, disaster services, economic opportunity, healthy futures, veterans and military families and environmental stewardship. AmeriCorps is a federal program overseen by Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service (the Corporation) is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.
Volunteer NH is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote the tradition of service in New Hampshire. Building on that strong volunteer spirit, we support and sponsor national service initiatives and provide training, recognition, and a central site for volunteers and volunteer programs to help them strengthen their communities. Volunteer NH administers AmeriCorps State Programs for New Hampshire and is the designated State Commission for the Corporation for National and Community Service.
AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations to recruit, train and manage AmeriCorps members who address unmet community needs. Members are individuals who engage in community service and may receive a living allowance during their term of service. Upon successful completion of their service, members receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust.
Applicants to the State Competitive NOFO must comply with CNCS 2014 DRAFT NOFO, DRAFT Application Instructions and Performance Measure Instructions in addition to following the VNH timeline. Volunteer NH supports service categories which will serve as CNCS funding priority areas for the grant process. The areas and goals associated with each are as follows:
Grants will provide support and/or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to improved educational outcomes for economically disadvantaged people, especially children. CNCS is particularly interested in program designs that support youth engagement and service-learning as strategies to achieve high educational outcomes. Grant activities will improve: school readiness for economically disadvantaged young children, educational and behavioral outcomes of students in low-achieving elementary, middle, and high schools, and the preparation for and prospects of success in post-secondary education institutions for economically disadvantaged students.
Grants will provide support for direct services that contribute to increased energy and water efficiency, renewable energy use, or improving at-risk ecosystems. In addition grants will support increased individual behavioral change leading to increased efficiency, renewable energy use, and ecosystem improvements particularly for economically disadvantages households and communities. Grant activities will decrease energy and water consumption; improve at risk ecosystems; increase behavioral changes that lead directly to decreased energy and water consumption or improved at-risk ecosystems; and increase green training opportunities that may lead to decreased energy and water consumption or improved at risk ecosystems. In addition, the Administration is exploring ways to provide service, training, education, and employment opportunities for young Americans through protecting, restoring and enhancing public and tribal lands. CNCS is exploring potential programs along the lines of a “21st century Civilian Service Corps” that can facilitate conservation service work on public lands and encourage a new generation of natural resource managers and environmental scientists, particularly in low income disadvantages communities.
Grant activities will increase the preparedness of individuals, improve individuals ‘readiness to respond, help individuals recover from disasters, and help individuals mitigate disasters. Grantees also have the ability to respond to national disasters under CNCS cooperative agreements and FEMA mission assignments.
Veterans & Military Families
Grants will positively impact the quality of life of veterans and improve military family strength. Grant activities will increase: the number of veterans and military service members and their families served by CNCS-supported programs, and increase the number of veterans and military family members engaged in service through CNCS-supported programs. To the greatest extent possible, proposed activities should be aligned with the Veteran and Military Family National Performance Measures.
Grants will provide support and/or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to the improved economic well-being and security of economically disadvantaged people. Grant activities will help economically disadvantaged people to
have improved access to services aimed at contributing to their enhanced financial literacy; transition into or remain in safe, healthy, affordable housing; and have improved employability leading to increased success in becoming employed.
Grants will provide support for health needs within communities including access to care, aging in place, and childhood obesity. Grant activities will improve access to primary and preventative health care for communities served by CNCS-supported programs; increase seniors’ ability to remain in their own homes with the same or improved quality of life for as long as possible; and increase physical activity and improve nutrition in youth with the purpose of reducing childhood obesity.
Governor and Mayor Initiative
CNCS will be continuing its pilot of Governor and Mayor Initiative, which will be given priority consideration in Tier 1. CNCS will accept one application per state. The application must address a pressing challenge the Governor’s wishes to solve in her or his state. A Governor must apply with one Mayor in his or her state and a minimum of two nonprofits. In conjunction with the Mayor, the Governor will be responsible for identifying and selecting those nonprofits that are best able to achieve a demonstrated positive impact on the problem. The application should include letters of commitment from all relevant parties. If the Governor and Mayor have not yet selected partnering nonprofit entities, they should describe the process that the Governor and Mayor will use to select the entities. The application, submitted to the State Commission, will respond to the application criteria and explain how several nonprofits working together, with the Governor’s office serving as convener, will effectively deploy AmeriCorps members for a collective impact. Only the Governor, Mayor, their designated government office (but not the state commission), or a public university may apply for grants under the Governor Mayor Initiative. Applications from other entities will be deemed non-compliant and will not be considered under this initiative.
For example, a Governor and a Mayor in a state could conclude the most pressing challenge facing the state is its high school graduation rate. The Governor and/or Mayor would submit one application describing:
• How the partnership will be organized and AmeriCorps resources will be allocated between the partnering entities (State, locality, and nonprofit entities).
• The proposed theory of change and program model.
• How they will utilize an identified consortium of nonprofits that are well positioned to achieve outcomes identified in the theory of change.
Grants also will provide support for capacity building activities provided by national service participants. As a general rule, CNCS considers capacity building activities to be indirect services that enable CNCS-supported organizations to provide more, better, and sustained direct services in CNCS’ six focus areas. Capacity building activities cannot be solely intended to support the administration or operations of the organization. Examples of capacity building activities include recruiting and/or managing community volunteers; implementing effective volunteer management practices; completing community assessments that identify goals and recommendations; developing new systems and business processes (technology, performance management, training, etc.) or enhancing existing systems and business processes.
Congress set a goal that 10 percent of AmeriCorps funding should support encore service programs that engage a significant number of participants age 55 or older. CNCS seeks to meet that 10 percent target in this competition and encourages encore programs to apply.
Professional corps programs recruit and place qualified members in positions as teachers, health care providers, police officers, engineers, or other professionals in communities with an inadequate number of such professionals. Applicants are eligible to apply for funding for a portion of the program costs. Professional Corps members’ salaries are paid entirely by the organizations with which the members serve, and are not included in the budget. In order to be considered for funding, applicants must demonstrate that there is an adequate number of professionals in the community (ies) where the corps seeks to place members. These grants can either be fixed amount or cost reimbursement grants.
National Performance Measures:
The SAA emphasizes measuring the impact of service and focusing on a core set of issue areas. CNCS’ five-year Strategic Plan establishes an ambitious set of objectives that support the mission and goals to implement the SAA. These strategic goals guided the development of sixteen agency-wide Priority Measures. National Performance Measures allow CNCS to demonstrate aggregated impact of all its national service programs, including AmeriCorps State and National. They are divided in two categories: Priority Measures and Complementary Program Measures. For more information, please refer to the National Performance Measure Instructions.
Public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith based and other community organizations; institutuions of higher education; government entities within states or territories(e.g., cities, counties);labor organizations; partnerships and consortia;Tribes; and intermediaries planning to subgrant awarded funds are encouraged to apply. Receiving funding previously from CNCS or another federal agency is not a prerequisite to applying under this Notice.
VNH funds operating grants that support fully-developed plans to establish a New Hampshire AmeriCorps program or to support, expand, or replicate an existing program. Grant awards are renewed annually for a total of three years subject to annual review and availability of federal appropriations. Programs seeking funding beyond three years must reapply as a re-competing applicant.
Applicants must apply for a minimum of 10 Member Service Years (MSYs) or the equivalent number of part-time members. Applications requesting fewer than 10 MSYs will not be reviewed. AmeriCorps programs should be large enough to make a significant difference in communities.
Intent to Apply
You’re required to submit an intent to apply to Volunteer NH for AmeriCorps funding, continuations are not required to. Include the following information in an email; the name of the applicant organization, address, contact person, e-mail address, and phone number. Applicants should state the type of grant for which they intend to apply and the focus area the anticipated application will address.
Send to Andrea Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1, 2013. Failure to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply will render an applicant ineligible to apply.
VNH will host a technical assistance conference call for new applicants and currently funded programs. The call is required for new applicants. Registration is required by email no later than December 1, 2013. Email Andrea Johnston at email@example.com.
NOFO, Application and Performance Measure Instructions
Volunteer NH Application Timeline
December 1: Intent to apply due and registration for technical assistance call( mandatory for new applicants)
December 3: Technical assistance conference call (required for brand new applicants)
December 6: Applicants applications due on eGrants by 5 p.m.
January 6: Review committee feedback delivered to applicants
January 16: Applicants final application due on eGrants by 5 p.m.
January 22: Final Submission from Volunteer NH to CNCS of applications
May 2: State Commissions (VNH) notified of grant awards
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