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for Volunteer Services to Benefit Communities

FY23 AmeriCorps State and National Grant Competition

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Volunteer Louisiana and Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

Conf. Date:

09/30/22

Deadline Date:

10/21/22 11:00 PM CST

Description:

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Grants to Louisiana nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, Tribes, and institutions of higher education to employ volunteer staff to carry out a broad range of community services. Applicants must attend a technical assistance session and complete required registrations and some applicants are required to submit an initial application prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to assist organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions and 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 that they can use to pay for higher education expenses or apply for qualified student loans.

AmeriCorps’ priorities for this grant competition are:

  • Organizations leading service in communities with concentrated poverty, rural communities, tribal communities, and those organizations serving historically underrepresented and underserved individuals, including but not limited to communities of color, immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities, people who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community, people with arrest and/or conviction records, and religious minorities;
  • 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 support 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.
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Programs that provide additional benefits to AmeriCorps members aimed at enhancing member experience and bolstering member recruitment and retention such as paying more than the minimum living allowance, transportation, housing, food, etc.;
  • Programs that create workforce pathways for AmeriCorps members, including deliberate training, certifications, and hiring preferences or support; and
  • Environmental Stewardship, including supporting communities to become more resilient through measures that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve land and water, increase renewable energy use and improve at-risk ecosystems, especially in underserved households and communities.
  • Economic Mobility Corps.

To receive priority consideration, applicants must show that the priority area is a significant part of the program focus and intended outcomes. Proposing programs that receive priority consideration does not guarantee funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187097

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

For additional information about cost reimbursement, see the table on Page 7 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

Term of Contract:

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 the availability of appropriations and satisfactory performance.

The project start date may not occur prior to the date AmeriCorps awards the grant. AmeriCorps applicants may not enroll prior to the start date of the award. AmeriCorps applicants may not begin service prior to the beginning of the member enrollment period as designated in the grant award. A program may not certify any hours an applicant performs prior to the applicant becoming a member in the system of record and the beginning of the member enrollment period.

Fall 2022: Anticipated FY22 Program Start Date

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
- State service commissions
- States and US Territories

AmeriCorps encourages organizations that have not received prior funding from AmeriCorps to apply. New applicants are eligible to apply for Cost Reimbursement and Education Award Program (EAP) grant but are not eligible to apply for Full Cost Fixed Amount grants.

Note that under appropriations provisions annually enacted by Congress, if AmeriCorps is aware that any corporation has any unpaid federal tax liability—
- that has been assessed
- for which all judicial and administrative remedies have been exhausted or have lapsed
- that is not being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement with the authority responsible for collecting the tax liability—
that corporation is not eligible for an award under this Notice. However, this exclusion will not apply to a corporation which a federal agency has considered for suspension or debarment and has made a determination that suspension or debarment is not necessary to protect the interests of the federal government.

Pursuant to the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, an organization described in the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 U.S.C. 501 (c)(4) that engages in lobbying activities is not eligible to apply for AmeriCorps funding.

Professional Corps applicants are ineligible to apply for Cost Reimbursement grants.

Pre-proposal Conference:

In order to be eligible for funding consideration, a representative from the applying organization must participate in a mandatory session. New applicants (no previous funding) are required to participate in two sessions.

First requirement: AmeriCorps 101 via On3Learn training platform. The session is self-directed and available at your convenience. The password is LASUB21. (Do not pay for the session.) Online sessions must be completed prior to participating in the second session.

Second requirement: FY23 NOFO Session. Please choose a date and time below that best fits your schedule. All sessions are similar; applicants need only to participate in ONE. To register, email Stephanie (see details below).

- Thursday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m.
- Tuesday, September 20 at 10:00 a.m.
- Friday, September 30 at 1:30 p.m.

Currently funded organizations submitting an application for a new three-year cycle will be required to participate in one preparation session. (See dates and times above.)

Currently funded organizations submitting an application for year two or three of a three-year cycle will be required to participate in one preparation session. Please choose a date and time below that best fits your schedule. All sessions are similar; applicants need only to participate in ONE. To register, email Stephanie.
- Friday, September 9 at 1:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 28 at 10:00 a.m.

Technical Assistance (optional):

Performance Measures/Theory of Change:
- Monday, September 12 at 1:30 p.m.
- Thursday, September 22 at 10:00 a.m.

Budget:
- Thursday, September 15 at 10:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, October 4 at 1:30 p.m.

Pre-Application Information:

Single State Applications (applicants operating in Louisiana ONLY) should submit this application directly to Volunteer Louisiana Commission via eGrants, by Friday, October 21, 2022, at 5 pm.

Multi-State Applications are due no later than Wednesday, January 4, 2023, by 5:00 p.m.
Eastern Time.

Single-State applicants must contact their Commissions to learn about their state or territory processes and deadlines.

FY 2022 Timeline:
- October 21, 2022: ALL FY 23 Initial Application due to Volunteer Louisiana
- October 24 - November 1, 2022: Volunteer Louisiana Review
- November 1 - December 12, 2022: Volunteer Louisiana Competitive Clarification Period Begins
- December 14, 2022: Final Application Due to Volunteer Louisiana for competitive submission to CNCS
- Jan 4, 2023: Competitive Applications due to CNCS
- February 2023: Formula Clarification Period Begins
- Mid-April 2023: Anticipated Notification of Competitively funded programs by CNCS
- May 1, 2023: Final Applications due to Volunteer Louisiana via eGrants - Formula Only
- June 2023: Formula Applications Due to CNCS
- Mid-July 2023: Anticipated Notification of approved grants
- Fall 2023: Anticipated FY23 Program Start Date

All applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM) at https://www.sam.gov/SAM/ and have a Unique Entity Identifier. 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.

If circumstances make it impossible for an applicant to submit in eGrants, applicants may send a paper copy of the application via overnight carrier. Please use a non-U.S. Postal Service carrier to avoid security-related delays. All deadlines and requirements in this Notice also apply to paper applications. AmeriCorps does not accept applications submitted via fax or email.

Cost Sharing or Matching:
- Fixed Amount Grants: There is no match requirement for Fixed Amount grants.
- Cost Reimbursement Grants: Applicants are required to match funds. For more information, see https://volunteerlouisiana.gov/sites/default/files/public/FY2023ASNCompetitveLouisiana.pdf#page=10.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://egrants.cns.gov/espan/main/login.jsp

Send paper copy applications to:
AmeriCorps
ATTN: Office of Grant Administration (OGA)/AmeriCorps State and National Application
250 E Street, SW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20525

To register for technical assistance sessions, email Stephanie at Strahan@crt.la.gov.

Applicants can also send an email to americorpsgrants@cns.gov or call (202) 606-7508 for a printed copy of the Notice and Application Instructions.

For technical questions and problems with the eGrants system, call the AmeriCorps Hotline at (800) 942-2677.

CFDA Number:

94.006

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Louisiana

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