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Grant Information

AmeriCorps State Funding Opportunity for Federal Fiscal Year 2017

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently released the 2017 AmeriCorps Notice of Funding Opportunity. Single-state applicants proposing to operate in Washington must apply through Serve Washington, the State Commission.

Serve Washington's Request for Grant Applications - Federal Fiscal Year 2017 Competitive Grants

Applicants are required to complete applications for funding in accordance with this Request for Grant Applications (RFGA) - Solicitation #16-1800, the full CNCS Application Instructions, the CNCS Mandatory Supplemental Guidance, and the CNCS Performance Measure Instructions.

Application Process Timeline:

Request for Grant Applications Released

September 12, 2016

Technical Assistance WebEx for Potential Applicants
PowerPoint Presentation

September 27, 2016

Completed Applications Due in eGrants from Applicants

November 1, 2016
by 5:00 p.m.

Staff Review for Compliance

November 2-3, 2016

Grant Review Committee (GRC) Application Review

November 4-17, 2016

Grant Review Committee Meeting to obtain clarification from applicants as needed and to develop recommendation report for Serve Washington Commissioners
Note: Applicants must be available by phone on this day in the event the GRC needs additional information or clarification. Interviews will not be conducted.

November 18, 2016

Serve Washington Commissioners Vote on Grant Review Committee Recommendation

December 7-8, 2016

Notification to Applicants Regarding Serve Washington Vote

Week of December 12, 2016

Clarification and Revision Period for Selected Applicants

Notification - January 11, 2017

Serve Washington to submit applications to CNCS No Later Than

January 18, 2017 by 2:00 p.m.

Date CNCS expects to be able to notify applicants of award selection

Mid-May 2017

Send an email with questions regarding the grant process. To receive e-mail notification of future funding availability, please join the grant e-mail distribution list.

General Information

Serve Washington (Serve WA) helps improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through opportunities to serve and volunteer. This is accomplished through partnerships with Federally Recognized Indian Tribes, Institutions of Higher Education, Local Governments, Nonprofit Organizations, and States.

AmeriCorps funding comes to Washington through two separate funding streams: formula and competitive funds from the Corporation for National and Community Service(CNCS). Well-managed organizations with strong organizational competencies tend to be most successful in administering complex grants like AmeriCorps. To help you determine whether your organization is poised to successfully administer an AmeriCorps grant, we recommend that you complete the AmeriCorps Readiness Assessment. Please note, a satisfactory score does not guarantee AmeriCorps funding through Serve WA or the CNCS.

What is the purpose of AmeriCorps funding?

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions 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 from the National Service Trust to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans.

Who is eligible to apply?

The following Non-Federal entities (as defined in 2 C.F.R. §200.69) who have an Employer Identification Number (EIN), a Dun and Bradstreet University Numbering System (DUNS), and are registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) are eligible to apply:

  • Federally Recognized Indian Tribes (2 C.F.R. §200.54)
  • Institutions of Higher Education (2 C. F.R. §200.55)
  • Local Governments (2 C.F.R. §200.64)
  • Nonprofit Organizations (2 C.F.R. §200.70)
  • States (2 C.F.R. §200.90)

Organizations that have been convicted of a federal crime are disqualified from receiving this assistance.

If your organization is considering submitting an application to sponsor an AmeriCorps program, please review the frequently asked questions. Other useful information to help you decide if you should apply for an AmeriCorps grant is available on the CNCS website under Managing AmeriCorps Grants.

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