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Serve Indiana accepts grant proposals for AmeriCorps* State programs on an annual basis. CNCS and the Serve Indiana Commission seeks to fund programs that can demonstrate community impact and solve community problems through an evidence-based approach
Types of Applicants
Not sure what type of applicant you are and you are seeking operational funding? Our flow chart might help: Types of Operational Funding Applicants
Types of Grants Available
Make sure you read all the information contained on our AmeriCorps page and take the Readiness Assessment (found on our Resources for Organizations webpage) before starting your application. If the Readiness Assessment reveals the organization is not yet ready to operate a full AmeriCorps program, it may instead be ready to act as a host site for one of our current operating programs or it might be ready to apply for a planning grant.
New organizations are strongly encouraged to apply for a planning grant prior to applying for an operating grant. The planning grant process can take 1-2 years to get to a point of having active members (if operating funds are awarded). For a traditional planning grant, the organization would apply for the funding in September/October of year 1. If awarded, they would use the planning grant funds starting in September of year 2 to learn about AmeriCorps and develop a quality application submitted in application for an operating grant that would begin in August/September of year 3. For a 3/9 planning grant, the organization should contact Serve Indiana for a description of the process and timeline (which is generally shorter).
If you are curious about the process of the planning period of a planning grant please contact us.
The following chart will give new applicants a general understanding of the order and general time of year that the deadlines occur. Specific days can be found in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and Request for Proposals (RFP). All items in the following timeline are subject to change and should not be considered final.
Overview & Eligibility
Operation AmeriCorps is a new initiative recently announced by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) that asks tribal and local leaders to identify a high-priority local challenge that AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps NCCC and/or AmeriCorps VISTA members can holistically address in a relatively short period of time (no more than two years). The grant competition is open exclusively to tribal and local governments, including counties, cities, towns, and school districts; and State Service Commissions. Proposals must be place-based, coordinated with existing community organizations, and with transformational outcomes.
The solution may be a new initiative, or it may use national service to scale up an existing successful effort, but in either case AmeriCorps must be the additive ingredient to achieve transformative change at the local level.
Operation AmeriCorps Funding Priorities
The Fiscal Year 2015 Operation AmeriCorps competition has two funding priorities. Applicants may choose to apply to either of the priorities. The first priority is narrowly tailored and focused on specific post-secondary outcomes for students. The second priority is more flexible and allows localities to identify their most pressing challenge. Please click here to access more information, including the Notice of Funding Opportunity, Application Instructions, FAQs, and the schedule of technical assistance calls.
Interested in exploring this opportunity?
If you are interested in learning more about Operation AmeriCorps and have an idea that includes AmeriCorps State members, please contact Serve Indiana at (317) 232-2504 or MScime@ServeIndiana.gov as soon as possible to explore that further. Organizations that choose to apply will be required to submit a draft of the 10-page concept paper to Serve Indiana no later than Monday, January 5th.
2015-2016 Concept Paper Instructions for Planning Grants and Operational Grants (Released August 19, 2014) for New and Re-Compete Applicants. The Concept Paper was due September 12, 2014.
Technical Assistance Information: Please note that the technical assistance provided through this link is directly from the Corporation for National and Community Service resources. Please note that if your organization plans to apply through Serve Indiana to operate only within Indiana then you are required to follow the due dates in the above notice and application instructions.
Any questions or technical assistance needed beyond these resources should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.National Direct Consultation
2014-2015 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). This NOFO is provided for your information. CNCS provides the federal funding that supports the Indiana AmeriCorps*State program. Applicants proposing to operate an AmeriCorps*State program in Indiana will apply directly to Serve Indiana and should adhere to the dates and application instructions specific to Indiana (old materials provided below for reference). Serve Indiana submits the applications to CNCS on behalf of Indiana programs and therefore requires different due dates for submission. The dates listed in the NOFO above apply only to Serve Indiana and programs that propose to operate in multiple states.
2014-2015 Request for Proposals for Planning and Operating Grants (Released August 1, 2013, Concept Paper/Notice of Intent Due September 3, 2013)
2014 Indiana Planning Grant Application Instructions (Released October 11, 2013, Due November 7, 2013)
2014 Indiana New and Recompete Application Instructions (Released October 11, 2013, Due November 7, 2013)
OMB CIRCULARS: A-21 (Educational Institutions), A-87 (State, Local, and Tribal Governments), A-122 (Nonprofit Organizations)
*More regulations and resources are located on the “Resources for Grantees” page if you are interested in understanding all the regulations involved in managing an AmeriCorps program.
AmeriCorps is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or, in most instances, religion.