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Grants to Louisiana Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs for Volunteer Services to Benefit Communities

2024 AmeriCorps State Grants: State Formula Process


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
187097

Funding Source
Volunteer Louisiana and Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
CFDA Number: 94.006
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Geographic Focus
USA: Louisiana

Important Dates
LOI Date: 12/03/23
Deadline: 03/03/24 11:59 PM CST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Louisiana nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, and institutions of higher education to employ volunteer staff to carry out a broad range of community services. Applicants must complete required training and 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.

Volunteer Louisiana’s 2022-2025 State Service Plan defines the agency’s goals and objectives. Goal 1 Objective 1 is to “Increase geographic, focus area, and organizational diversity in the AmeriCorps portfolio.” Strategies include:

  • Conduct targeted outreach to organizations in underrepresented geographic and focus areas about AmeriCorps and national service resources
  • Provide training and technical assistance for potential applicants relating to AmeriCorps operational and planning grants
  • Develop and implement strategies that mitigate barriers to service for smaller, newer, and rural organizations

Volunteer Louisiana will prioritize State Formula funding for 1) community-based, grass-roots organizations, and 2) organizations that serve rural and other communities national service is underrepresented. To receive priority consideration, applicants must show that the priority area is a significant part of the program focus. However, the inclusion of priority areas in an application does not guarantee funding.



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The following non-Federal entities (all of which are defined in 2 CFR 200.1) are eligible to apply through the State Formula application process:
- Institutions of higher education
- Local governments, including school districts
- Nonprofit organizations

Volunteer Louisiana encourages organizations that have not received prior funding from AmeriCorps to apply (e.g. small community based organizations, faith based organizations, etc.).

Other Eligibility Requirements can be found at https://volunteerlouisiana.gov/sites/default/files/2023-08/Volunteer%20Louisiana%20FY%202024%20RFP%20State%20Formula.pdf#page=7.

Ineligible
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; and
- 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 that a federal agency has considered for suspension or debarment and determined 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.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Volunteer Louisiana will host Welcome sessions to assist those interested in learning more about the State Formula application process on
- Mon., Sept. 25 9 a.m.
- Wed., Oct. 18 2 p.m.
- Mon., Nov. 13 10 a.m.

Zoom links will be posted on the Volunteer Louisiana website.

Should a potential applicant not be available during those times, please contact Jacob Brumfield to schedule alternate arrangements

Pre-Application Information
State Formula applicants will need to complete the AmeriCorps 101 online course and submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) to apply application by Sunday, December 3, 2023. The deadline to submit the application is March 3, 2024.

Timeline:
- Aug. 28, 2023: Volunteer Louisiana releases FY 2024 Notice of Funding Opportunity
- Mon., Sept 18: Pre-Recorded Technical Assistance webinars available on Volunteer Louisiana website
- Dec. 3, 2023 by 11:59 p.m.: Deadline for AmeriCorps 101 course completion and Notice of Intent (NOI) to apply via online survey
- February 2024 (TBD): Technical and Training Assistance sessions offered for State Formula applicants
- March 3, 2024 by 11:59 p.m.: State Formula applications due to Volunteer Louisiana (submitted through eGrants)
- March 4 - 28, 2024: Volunteer Louisiana hosts clarification period for State Formula applicants
- March 13, 2024: Volunteer Louisiana Commission meeting and presentations from all State Formula applicants (required)
- April 12, 2024: Final applications for State Formula programs due to Volunteer Louisiana for Commission review (submitted through eGrants)
- May 8, 2024: Volunteer Louisiana Commission meeting to consider funding for State Formula applications
- Mid-May 2024: Volunteer Louisiana submits State Formula applications to AmeriCorps agency
- Late July 2024: Notice of Grant Awards issued for State Formula applicants

The Notice of Intent (NOI) to apply due on Dec. 3 includes the requirement to complete an
AmeriCorps 101 online training module. E-mail Jacob Brumfield for instructions on how to access that online training.

Information about Cost Sharing and Matching can be found at https://volunteerlouisiana.gov/sites/default/files/2023-08/Volunteer%20Louisiana%20FY%202024%20RFP%20State%20Formula.pdf#page=7.

Volunteer Louisiana may award Operating Grants, including a Cost Reimbursement or a Fixed Amount grant, to any successful applicant, but the availability of a Full-Cost Fixed Amount grant is limited to certain applicants.

Applicants must have a valid SAM registration and Unique Entity Identifier to receive an award.

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

For additional information about cost reimbursement, see https://volunteerlouisiana.gov/sites/default/files/2023-08/Volunteer%20Louisiana%20FY%202024%20RFP%20State%20Formula.pdf#page=6.

Term of Contract
Volunteer Louisiana anticipates making three-year grant awards. AmeriCorps generally makes an initial award for the first year of the period of performance, based on a one-year budget. Applicants must submit a one-year budget. Applicants may propose any program start date that aligns with their program design. The period of performance may not be before July 1, 2024. Continuation awards for subsequent years are not guaranteed; they depend upon availability of future appropriations and satisfactory performance. For fully funded awards (those who have received more than one year of funding), those funds are guaranteed.

Applicants may propose any program start date that aligns with their program design. The period of performance may not be before July 1, 2024

Contact Information
Apply Online:
https://egrants.cns.gov/espan/main/login.jsp

Jacob Brumfield
(jbrumfield@crt.la.gov)

Volunteer Louisiana
701 N. 4th St., 4th Floor
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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