AmeriCorps State FY21 (2021-2022) Funding Opportunity for New Applicants Only – Planning Grants

This funding opportunity provides planning grants to support organizations interested in engaging individuals as AmeriCorps members to help tackle community problems through service and volunteer action. This funding opportunity provides successful applicants with training and technical assistance and a federal planning grant up to $50,000 to design and develop new AmeriCorps programs that can address community problems and demonstrate impact through an evidence-informed or evidence- based approach.

This Planning Grant Guidance and Application Instructions document is necessary to complete the AmeriCorps Planning Grant Application.

FY21 Planning Grant Application Submission Deadline:

Applications must be received by Friday, April 2nd by 5:00 P.M. Hawai‘i Time

AmeriCorps State and National FY21 (2021-2022) Funding Opportunity

The Corporation for National and Community Service and the Hawai‘i Commission for National and Community Service announces the availability of AmeriCorps*State funds for the 2021-2022 program year.

AmeriCorps, “the domestic Peace Corps,” is a national service program, which engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in team-based, results-driven service in the areas of public safety, education, literacy and tutoring, environment, basic human needs, and Homeland Security. In exchange for their service, AmeriCorps members receive a living stipend and an education award for post-secondary education expenses upon completion of their term of service.  AmeriCorps and the Hawai‘i Commission strive to strengthen citizenship and the ethic of service by assisting communities in addressing their toughest challenges.

Through the AmeriCorps Program Grant, agencies sponsor AmeriCorps members who serve to implement community service initiatives. Eligible agencies include community-based non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, state and local government entities, and school districts. Agencies that apply must be able to demonstrate the capacity to administer a federal program, have a detailed plan of action, strong connections to the community it is planning to serve, a real need for the proposed service within the community, and the ability to raise the required matching funds.

For more information on AmeriCorps State, click here.

IMPORTANT DATES

Competitive

Formula
 

New or Recompete Application Due in eGrants

November 13, 2020
Applications are due in eGrants and additionally required documents are due via email to hicncs@hawaii.edu by 05:00 PM Hawai‘i Time on
Friday, November 13, 2020.

April 2, 2021
Applications are due in eGrants and additionally required documents are due via email to hicncs@hawaii.edu by 05:00 PM Hawai‘i Time on
Friday, April 2, 2021.

Continuation Application Due in eGrants

December 18, 2020

Applications are due in eGrants and additionally required documents are due via email to hicncs@hawaii.edu by 05:00 PM Hawai‘i Time on
Friday, December 18, 2020.

April 9, 2021

Applications are due in eGrants and additionally required documents are due via email to hicncs@hawaii.edu by 05:00 PM Hawai‘i Time on
Friday, April 9, 2021.

Notification of Selection Mid-May 2021

No later than early June 2021

For new/recompeting programs, please also e-mail a one page summary of your program proposal to hicncs@hawaii.edu

2021 AmeriCorps Funding Priorities

CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in the following areas:

  • Efforts to help local communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may propose programming in any CNCS focus area to aid communities as they 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.
  • Education – see sixth bullet.
  • Healthy Futures – a program model that reduces and/or prevents prescription drug and opioid abuse.
  • Evidence-based interventions on the CNCS Evidence Exchange
    (https://www.nationalservice.gov/impact-our-nation/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 FinancialInstitutions 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.

Application Deadline

Please see “IMPORTANT DATES” chart above for application due dates.

Funding Announcement, Mandatory Supplemental Guidance, and Application Instructions

2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF)
2021 Mandatory Supplemental Information (PDF)
2021 Application Instructions (PDF)

Performance Measure Instructions

2021 Performance Measure Instructions (PDF)

Tutorial for completing the Performance Measures screens in eGrants

Applicant Operational and Financial Management Survey (OFMS)

Applicant Operational and Financial Management Survey (OFMS)*
*Survey link can be found under the “Pre-Award / Application Certification Forms” heading

  • All new and recompeting applicants regardless of funding level are required to submit an Operational and Financial Management Survey (OFMS).
  • Some grantees may have completed a Financial Management Survey (FMS) in the past. The Operational and Financial Management Survey (OFMS) is a different document, and the old FMS will not be accepted in place of the OFMS.
  • The form needs to be completed fully, a response for every question. If there are additional comments needed to explain certain responses, please utilize the ‘preparer’s comments’ section.
  • The OFMS must be submitted as Word Document. All other formats, including PDF, will not be accepted.
  • If possible, please limit the amount of times and locations the document is saved prior to submitting to CNCS. We’ve found that the macros used to extract data from the form can be corrupted by saving the file in different formats or locations..

Clarification

The AmeriCorps State and National Grants Competition will include a Clarification period. During the Clarification period, applicants may be asked for clarifying information regarding issues of significance, and may be asked for corrections or changes to elements of the application and budget. The AmeriCorps State and National Grants process also includes a Resolution period for successful applicants. During the Resolution period, which will occur after applicants have been notified of the results of the competition, successful applicants will make corrections or changes to elements of the application, including Performance Measures, and provide additional requested information. Although not all applications will receive requests for clarification, it is imperative that staff involved in the development and submission of the application be available to respond to clarification, if requested.

Dates for these periods appear below. Single-state subapplicants should be aware that Commission Clarification periods may be shorter than those below.

Clarification for New/Recompete Applicants: Coming Soon

Technical Assistance Information and Documents

If you are having technical difficulties with creating an account or preparing or submitting the application in eGrants, please contact the National Service Hotline at (800) 942-2677  or via Questions.

For all other application questions, please contact hicncs@hawaii.edu

Technical Assistance Documents

AmeriCorps State and National have developed a webpage with resources for those interested in applying for AmeriCorps State and National grants. Please refer to Applying for AmeriCorps State and National Grants to find information on AmeriCorps.

Intro to AmeriCorps State and National (PDF)
AmeriCorps Key Terms (PDF)
Intro to AmeriCorps Members (PDF)
Categories of AmeriCorps Grants (PDF)
AmeriCorps Program Management and Design (PDF)
AmeriCorps Regulations 45 CFR Sections 2520-2550 (PDF)
Uniform Guidance Resources
How to Develop a Logic Model (PDF)How to Develop a Logic Model (PDF)
AmeriCorps Performance Measure Resources
Other AmeriCorps Performance Measure Resources (including Logic Models and Evaluation)
Evaluation Resources for AmeriCorps State and National

Technical Call Schedule & Recordings

AmeriCorps and the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) will be hosting live webinars to provide Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and other community development organizations with information on the new Economic Mobility Corps and applying for an AmeriCorps grant.

Advance registration is not required to participate in the webinars. Access the webinars by clicking the below links at least five minutes before the webinars begin. Viewing these webinars requires the use of WebEx. To download the WebEx Event Manager, see the instructions on Verizon’s WebEx Downloads page.

Session 1
CDFI Fund 101
Date & Time: October 23, 2020 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Conference Line: 1-888-946-8515 Passcode:  5547066

Access Line: Access Webinar
Conference number: PWXW1767829
Passcode: 5547066

Session 2
AmeriCorps 101
Date & Time: October 29, 2020 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Conference Line: Call: 888-390-1047 Passcode: 1989619

Access Line: Access Webinar
Conference #: PWXW1767820
Passcode: 1989619

Session 3
About the Economic Mobility Corps
Date & Time: November 5, 2020 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Conference Line: Call: 888-730-9139 Passcode: 9422424

Access Line: Access Webinar
Conference #: PWXW1767831
Passcode: 9422424

FY20 Multi-State (National Direct) Applicant Consultation

Prior to the submission of a grant application to the Corporation for National and Community Service, an organization proposing to operate an AmeriCorps program in two or more states is expected to consult with the State Commission of the state in which it intends to operate.  HCNCS is participating in the ASC National Direct Consultation single form to initiate and streamline consultation between multi-state applicants and state service commissions. Multi-state organizations proposing to operate in Hawai‘i must submit an online National Direct Consultation Form via the ASC National Direct Consultation single form. This form must be received by January 6, 2021.

Contact

To discuss bringing the AmeriCorps State program to your organization, please contact:

Alfred Robello
Program Officer, HCNCS
Email: robelloa@hawaii.edu