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National Service Agency Announces AmeriCorps Funding Opportunities for Indian Tribes

Published: November 14, 2012
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Community Services Block Grants (CSBG)
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competition, eligibility, funding, grantees

 

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National Service Agency Announces AmeriCorps Funding Opportunities for Indian Tribes

 

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than four million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, Social Innovation Fund, and other programs, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

 

On October 24, 2012, The Corporation for National and Community Service released notification of possible funding for Tribal groups that would put AmeriCorps members on the ground to help them tackle the unique challenges facing Native American communities.

 

The grant competition is designed to help national service programs achieve greater impact by targeting resources on a core set of challenges: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, veterans and military families, and language preservation.

 

In order to maximize the impact of the public investment in national service, CNCS will fund programs that can demonstrate community impact and solve community problems using an evidence-based or evidence-informed approach (e.g. performance data, research, theory of change).

 

Applications are due on January 23, 2013. Successful applicants will be notified no later than June 14, 2013.

 

Potential applicants are encouraged to utilize the tribal-specific technical assistance made available by CNCS, including FAQ, webinars and a schedule of the agency's upcoming assistance calls. More information on technical assistance, as well as contact information for questions specific to the Native American community, can be found at http://go.usa.gov/YPR4.

 

The notice of funding availability and application instructions can be accessed at http://www.nationalservice.gov/for_organizations/funding/nofa_detail.....

 

Eligible Recipients:  

Public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and other community organizations; institutions of higher education; government entities within states or territories (e.g., cities, counties); Indian Tribes; labor organizations; partnerships and consortia; and intermediaries planning to subgrant funds awarded are encouraged to apply. 

 

CNCS sets aside one percent of grant funds to support programs operated by Indian Tribes and selected by CNCS on a competitive basis. Tribes apply directly to CNCS to access this pool of funds.

 

Eligible Activities:

This AmeriCorps State and National (AmeriCorps) Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity Notice (Notice) will focus grant making for fiscal year 2013 in six focus areas identified by the Serve America Act (SAA):

 

  • Disaster Services.
  • Economic Opportunity.
  • Education.
  • Environmental Stewardship.
  • Healthy Futures.
  • Veterans and Military Families..

 

Funding Availability:

The actual level of funding is subject to the availability of annual appropriations, CNCS anticipates it will award new, recompeting, and continuation AmeriCorps grants for fiscal year 2013. CNCS expects the 2013 competition to be highly competitive.

 

Award Amount:

Awards will be for funds and AmeriCorps member slots.  CNCS will review applications and determine the appropriate award amount, if any.  Award amounts vary.

 

Match Requirements:

There is no match requirement for fixed amount grants. However, the fixed amount grant does not cover all costs. Fixed amount grantees provide the additional resources needed to operate the program, but are not required to track or report on them.

 

Indian Tribal Government programs are subject to the same matching requirements as other grantees. However, in accordance with Executive Order 13175, “Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments,” CNCS may expedite approving waivers of matching requirements. Tribal governments that require a waiver must submit a request at least 60 days before the AmeriCorps application is due. For full information on applying for a Tribal waiver, send a request for instructions to TribalMatchWaiver@cns.gov.

 

Types of Grants:

The types of wards will be for funds and AmeriCorps member slots.  CNCS will review applications and determine the appropriate award amount, if any.  Award amounts vary.


Application Process:

The application instructions can be accessed at http://www.nationalservice.gov/sites/default/files/upload/Appinstruct...

 

Contact:

For further information or for a printed copy of this Notice, call 202-606-7508. For questions regarding multi-state or Indian Tribes applications submitted directly to CNCS, please call (202) 606-7508 or send an e-mail to americorpsgrants@cns.gov. A list of all State Commissions can be found here:

http://www.americorps.gov/about/contact/statecommission.asp. The mailing address is:
 

Corporation for National and Community Service

ATT: Office of Grants Policy and Operations/ASN Application

1201 New York Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20525