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 -226319-AmeriCorps State 2018-2019 Pre-Applications
  2018-2019 AmeriCorps State
  Pre-Application Deadline: 05/15/2018
  Application Deadline: 06/12/2018 11:59 PM
 
 
Award Amount Range: Not Applicable
Project Start Date: 09/01/2018
Project End Date: 08/31/2019
Award Announcement Date:
Eligible Applicant:
Program Officer: Jamie Orozco Nagel
Phone: 515-348-6233 x
Email: jamie.nagel@iowaeda.com
Categorical Area: Community Development, Disaster Preparedness, Education , Energy, Health, Prevention/Treatment, Housing, Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation, Rural Issues, Substance Abuse, Water Supply/Quality, Youth
 
 
Description
 
 

**THIS FUNDING OPPORTUNITY IS FOR PRE-APPLICATIONS ONLY**

This funding opportunity should be used ONLY by participants in the special competition who need to submit a pre-application.  If you need to submit a final application (because you are a competitive continuation applicant or because you have an approved pre-application) then you must do so under our other AmeriCorps State 2018-2019 funding opportunity (ID#235235).

 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY DETAILS

Issuing Agency Name: Volunteer Iowa (Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service)

Funding Opportunity: 2018-2019 Iowa AmeriCorps State Grants

Announcement Type: Re-issued announcement, posted 3/15/2018

CFDA Number: 94.006

Due Date: Pre-applications due May 15, 2018 (Special Competition Round 2)

Application Materials: See the attachments section below for links to the full materials.

The intent and purpose of this Request for Grant Applications (RFA) is to announce the availability of grant funding to plan for and establish AmeriCorps State programs within the State of Iowa.  AmeriCorps State and National grants provide funding to help organizations manage an AmeriCorps program, which involves recruiting, training, and supporting AmeriCorps members who serve on a full-time or part-time basis to help the organization address a community need.  Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to projects that support organizational capacity-building, education, healthy futures, environmental stewardship, veterans and military families, economic opportunities, public safety, disaster preparedness/response, and other identified community issues in Iowa.  Successful programs utilize service as a strategy to meet community needs, while supporting the development and growth of the AmeriCorps members serving with the organization.

About the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (Volunteer Iowa)

The mission of Volunteer Iowa is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.  Our staff members provide technical assistance, support services and capacity-building resources to help organizations effectively utilize the time and talent of volunteers and national service members. If you determine the attached opportunity is not a good fit for your organization, we encourage you to consult with our staff about how you may be able to receive resources and support from Volunteer Iowa or other national service programs.

 

Technical Assistance Information

Technical Assistance webinar Monday, April 9 at 9:00am

Click this link to join the webinar (no pre-registration required):  Join Skype Meeting      

Trouble Joining? Try Skype Web App  or join by phone  +1 (515) 348-6300, access code: 85459814 (phone-only participants will not see the referenced materials)   

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Volunteer Iowa Notice of Intent:  All interested Iowa applicants are strongly encouraged to submit electronic notice of intent to apply at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ACNotice18-19 by the dates noted based on your application type (See Types of Applicants section for definitions). Only those organizations that submit a notice of intent to apply will be added to the mailing list to receive updates and guidance related to the RFA, FAQs, and other application materials.

 

Competitive or Formula Funding Consideration: To be considered for Competitive funding, a Legal Applicant Organization must meet all eligibility criteria as outlined in the Eligibility Information section of this RFA. Competitive Continuation applicants have a separate process and the criteria for those applicants will be outlined in the Application Instructions.  An applicant that is being considered for Competitive funding will also be considered for Formula funding. To be considered for Formula funding, a Legal Applicant Organization must meet all eligibility criteria as outlined in the Eligibility Information section of this RFA.

 

Regular or Special Competition: Most applicants under this RFA are expected to compete in the Regular Competition, which has earlier deadlines.  Only applicants meeting the specific, limited priority for the Special Competition may participate in and follow those deadlines.  Applicants who meet the Special Competition criteria but who apply in the Regular Competition will be prioritized over those who apply in the Special Competition, only.

 

Unspecified Dates, Time Zone Details: For some steps in the application process, anticipated date ranges are provided in this RFA but not exact dates.  For those steps (such as technical assistance periods, clarification periods, and negotiation periods), specific dates and deadlines related to those steps will be communicated to applicants as they are scheduled and applicants will be expected to comply with those more specific deadlines.  All times noted are Central time.

 

 Anticipated Key Dates for the Special Competition Round 2, including Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Planning Grants:

Updated RFA released

3/15/2018

Notice of intent requested to Volunteer Iowa (SPECIAL COMPETITION)

5/8/2018, 11:59 PM

Pre-applications & waiver requests due to Volunteer Iowa

5/15/2018, 11:59 PM

Special applicant technical assistance period

May-June 2018

Revised pre-applications due to Volunteer Iowa (SPECIAL COMPETITION)

6/12/2018, 11:59 PM

Applicants meet with Volunteer Iowa Committee

6/19/2018

Special applicant clarification period

June-July 2018

Final applications due to Volunteer Iowa (SPECIAL COMPETITION)

7/24/2018, 11:59PM

Negotiations for special applications

July-August 2018

Notification sent to awarded applicants

August 2018

Final negotiation & submission of approved grants to CNCS

Late August 2018

Mandatory program director training (2-3 days)

Fall 2018

Grant agreement award & program start date

TBD, likely 9/1/2018or 1/1/2019

 

1Applicants may start 8/1/2018 if requested and approved by Volunteer Iowa.

 

 
 
 
 Attachments
 
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Description File Name File Size
VOLUNTEER IOWA APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS _ VERSION 3 SPECIAL COMPETITION 00_2018 Volunteer Iowa Application Instructions_2018.01.04_Version3.pdf 1004 KB
VOLUNTEER IOWA REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFA) - UPDATED 03/15/2018 00_2018 Volunteer Iowa RFA_2018.03.15.pdf 538 KB
APPENDIX 1.VOLUNTEER IOWA WAIVER WORKSHEETS 01_Waiver_Worksheets_2018.docx 20 KB
APPENDIX 2. STATE PRIORITY CERTIFICATION APPLICATION 02_Certification_Application_2018.docx 25 KB
APPENDIX 3. VOLUNTEER IOWA BUDGET NARRATIVE WORKSHEET- UPDATED 03/26/18 03_BudgetNarrativeWorksheet2018_2018.03.26.xlsx 88 KB
APPENDIX 4. VOLUNTEER IOWA LOGIC MODEL WORKSHEET 04_LogicModelWorksheet_2018.docx 15 KB
VOLUNTEER IOWA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS) 05_ICVS_FAQs_2018.pdf 443 KB
CNCS EVIDENCE CHECKLIST 2017 Evidence Checklist.pdf 149 KB
CNCS MANDATORY SUPPLEMENTAL GUIDANCE 2018 MSG FINAL.docx 55 KB
CNCS PERFORMANCE MEASURES INSTRUCTIONS 2018 Performance Measures Instructions Final.pdf 1.7 MB
Special Competition technical assistance webinar recording, 1/18/2018 AmeriCorps Special Competition TA webinar 2018.01.18.mp4 192.3 MB
Special competition technical assistance recording, 4/9/2018 Special competition Round 2 TA sessio. . . - Monday, April 9, 2018 8.56.03 AM.mp4 153.8 MB
 
 
 Website Links
 
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URL Description
www.nationalservice.gov/build-your-capacity/grants/funding-opportunities/2018/2018-americorps-affiliate AmeriCorps Affiliate 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity
www.surveymonkey.com/r/ACNotice18-19 Notice of Intent to Apply
 
 
Questions
 
 
Submitted Date Question Answer
01/23/2018 Am I correct in assuming, based on what I see so far in the pre-application, that this part only involves the budget worksheet and logic model? Yes, that is correct. We will then provide technical assistance to applicants with their pre-application narratives. The exact nature of the technical assistance sessions will depend on the number and type of applications received (may be web-based, group trainings, or one-on-one). Revised pre-applications, including narrative sections, are due March 27 and will be reviewed by our grant review committee. Then final applications are due April 24.
 
 
 
 
 
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