Agency: 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.
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.