Agency: Corp. for Nat’l & Community Service (CNCS); Program: 2016 AmeriCorps State & Nat’l Grant Competitions (CFDA Number: 94.006); Eligibility: Schools, governments, public and private colleges and universities, public/Indian housing authorities and nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) status (youth and education projects are a priority); Funding: Multiple awards to fund thousands of volunteers (generally $500,000 for state grants and $3 million for national grants); Deadline: Jan. 20 (application); mandatory Letter of Intent, Dec. 9.
Summary: These federal grants support programs to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic participation through service and volunteering. These grants focus on funding volunteers for the following types of programs: (1) Disaster Services; (2) Economic Opportunity; (3) Education; (4) Environmental Stewardship; (5) the Governor and Mayor Initiative; and (6) My Brother’s Keeper efforts that serve disadvantaged or minority youth. Efforts should also help poor or underserved communities and should focus on public safety and preventing and mitigating civil unrest, such as engaging communities that are part of The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention.
CNCS is interested in programs supporting youth engagement and service-learning to achieve improved academic outcomes. Focus areas include: school readiness for economically disadvantaged young children; educational and behavioral outcomes of students in low-achieving elementary, middle and high schools; preparation for and prospects of success at colleges and universities for economically disadvantaged students. Education program should support improvements to STEM instruction and training.
Further, the Economic Opportunity grants support services to aid the economically disadvantaged and should be linked to helping youth identified in My Brother’s Keeper, a separate presidential initiative to improve access to services that enhance youth opportunities for financial literacy, housing, education and a career.