Partnership Challenge Available as Part of State/National Competition

Grants_ImageAgency: Corp. for Nat’l & Community Service (CNCS); Program: 2016 AmeriCorps Partnership Challenge — 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: Operational support; Deadline: Jan. 20 (application); mandatory Letter of Intent, Dec. 9.

Summary: As part of the FY16 AmeriCorps State and National NOFO, applicants can apply for Educational Awards with no operating funds as part of the AmeriCorps Partnership. Through the challenge, nonprofit organizations or public agencies – together with their funding partners – would develop proposals to address community needs by engaging AmeriCorps members.  

CNCS will develop a streamlined and flexible process to consider proposals.  Upon approval, CNCS will support Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for AmeriCorps members, while the sponsoring organization will cover operations and living allowance costs.  Corporate or philanthropic funders can also parnter with CNCS directly to explore potential collaborations with nonprofit organizations to meet a particular national or local need.

The national 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.

Tribal Programs

A separate Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity for Indian Tribes for either fully operational or planning grants will be released later in the fall with an application deadline of Spring 2016.

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About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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