AmeriCorps State and National Grants FY 2015

NOFA/NOFO End Date: 
Wed, 01/21/2015
CFDA number: 
Contact Information

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In the FY 2015 AmeriCorps competition, CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in:
  • Disaster Services -- improving community resiliency through disaster preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation
  • Economic Opportunity -- increasing economic opportunities for communities, specifically opportunity youth, both as the population served and as AmeriCorps members. 
  • Education -- improving student academic performance including STEM
  • Environment -- 21st Century Service Corps
  • Veterans and Military Families -- positively impacting the quality of life of veterans and improving military family strength
  • Governor and Mayor Initiatives 
  • Programing that supports My Brother’s Keeper 
  • Multi-focus intermediaries that demonstrate measureable impact and primarily serve communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure. i.e. rural and other underserved communities. 

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 2015.

AmeriCorps Partnership Challenge
As part of the FY15 AmeriCorps State and National NOFO, applicants can apply for Educational Awards with no operating funds as part of the AmeriCorps Partnership, announced by Wendy Spencer at the convening of the Franklin Project in Gettysburg.
Applicants would apply as an Education Award Program and request no operating funds. Program utilizing this avenue need to clearly present the funding source of the operating funds, the management plan to support this effort, and the staffing overview to insure compliance with all AmeriCorps grant requirements. Single state applicants may apply through their state commissions per their competitive and/or formula timelines and processes. 

Application Deadline:

The deadline for applications to the 2015 NOFO is Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Organizations that propose to operate in only one state must apply through the Governor-appointed State or Territory Commissions. Each state and territory administers its own selection process and puts forward to CNCS the applicants it selects to compete for funding. State applicants must contact their State Commissions to learn about their state or territory processes and deadlines which may be significantly before the CNCS deadlines and may have additional requirements. 
CNCS expects that successful applicants will be notified no later than May 8, 2015, contingent on timely full year appropriations.

NOW CLOSED - Intent to Apply:

A notice of intent to apply was REQUIRED and has now passed. If you did not submit a Notice of Intent to Apply renders an applicant ineligible to apply. All Notices of Intent to Apply will receive an email response acknowledging receipt. Single state programs applying through a State Commission should not provide this information directly to CNCS.

State Commission Competition Contacts and Due Dates:

This is a resource for organizations that propose to operate in only one state; single state programs must apply through the Governor-appointed State or Territory Commissions.

State Commission contacts and due dates as of 12/8/2014

Funding Announcement, Glossary and Application Instructions


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) as of 1/15/2015
Frequently Asked Questions will be compiled and regularly updated.

Performance Measure Instructions:

Technical Assistance Information

Technical Assistance 

AmeriCorps State and National has developed a webpage with resources for those interested in applying for AmeriCorps State and National grants. Please refer to Applying for AmeriCorps State and National Grants to find information on AmeriCorps.
Technical Assistance Documents
 Technical Assistance Call Schedule and Registration
All calls will be recorded and the replay will be available one hour after the call has ended. The replay will be available for all calls through January 21, 2015. Use links below to learn how to register or get the replay number. Note: each call has some required pre-call reading materials.
Calls will be limited to 100 people. The replay number will be posted to the website after the call. If applicants are interested in just listening to the call, please use the replay number. If multiple staff members from the same organization wish to participate, please register only once and use the same call-in line.
  • AmeriCorps Basics: Addresses questions about the basic concepts and components of AmeriCorps State and National grants, the application review timeline and other general questions about AmeriCorps.  (Required pre-call reading:  Intro to AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps Key Terms, and Intro to AmeriCorps Members)
    • Wednesday, October 22 at 1pm EST - A replay of the call is available at 866-491-2910Passcode: 15877.
    • Thursday, November 13 at 1pm EST - A replay of the call is available at 888-566-0478; Passcode: 15547. 
  • AmeriCorps Program Management and Design: Addresses questions ranging from appropriate AmeriCorps member service activities, staffing for the program, grantee responsibilities and other questions related to program design or program management. (Required pre-call reading:  Categories of AmeriCorps Grants and AmeriCorps Program Management and Design)
    • Monday, November 3 at 1 pm EST –A replay of the call is available at 888-566-0473; Passcode: 55779.{C}
    • Tuesday, December 2 at 1 pm EST – A replay of the call is available at 866-486-4644; Passcode: 76333 
  • AmeriCorps Grant NOFO Selection Criteria: Addresses questions about the AmeriCorps grant application selection criteria, grant review process and other questions that need to be addressed in order to complete your application. (Required pre-call reading:  Notice of Funding Opportunity and Application Instructions)
    • Monday, October 20 at 1pm EST - A replay of the call is available at 866-479-2464.
    • Monday, October 27 at 1 pm EST - A replay of the call is available at Tfree:866-406-3306 Passcode: 32889
    • Thursday, November 6 at 1 pm EST - A replay of the call is available at 866-475-8040; Passcode: 34752. 
    • Wednesday, November 19 at 1 pm EST - A replay of the call is available at 866-484-6422, Passcode: 15998. 
  • AmeriCorps NOFO – Disaster Services Focus Area: Learn how to engage AmeriCorps in your community through disaster service initiatives and activities.
    • Thursday, November 20 at 1 pm Eastern. A replay of the call is available at 888-562-6807; Passcode: 54477.
  • Veterans and Miliatry Families Focus Area: Learn how to engage AmeriCorps in your community to address Veterans and Miliatry Families initiatives.

  • AmeriCorps Partnership: Learn how to can apply for Educational Awards with no operating funds as part of the AmeriCorps Partnership available through the FY 2015 NOFO.

    • Monday, December 15 at 3 pm EST - A replay of the call is available at 800-677-0958.
  • Best Practices in Performance Measures Design Webinar - For Applicants who have submitted a Notice of Intent to Apply

  • NEW  Webinar - Best Practices in Budget Development -  For Applicants who have submitted a Notice of Intent to Apply

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