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AmeriCorps Competitive Grants

Americorps LogoThe New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service, New Jersey Department of State, seeks to fund local initiatives and utilize the AmeriCorps model to increase civic engagement and improve New Jersey’s communities by deploying AmeriCorps members to provide services in the six focus areas identified in the Serve America Act. These focus areas are:

  • Disaster Services
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education, including STEM
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Healthy Futures
  • Veterans and Military Families

A full description of the focus areas is contained in Section II of this Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Through this AmeriCorps Competitive Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), the New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service (hereinafter, the Commission) seeks submission of applications that demonstrate that they will engage AmeriCorps members in an evidence-informed and evidence-based approach to providing a service intervention that will result in intended solutions to community problems (e.g., based on proposed program’s performance and evaluation data or research demonstrating the effectiveness of a similar intervention).  Applicants will be awarded points for providing evidence that their proposal intervention will lead to the outcomes identified in the theory of change (logic model). Applicants shall provide evidence that the proposed intervention is effective for the proposed population and community challenge.

The AmeriCorps Competitive program is federally funded and requires a local combination of significant cash and in-kind match.

 

Application Deadline:
Applications must be submitted electronically on eGrants NO LATER THAN 4:00 PM on Tuesday, December 18, 2018.

Download: New Jersey AmeriCorps Competitive Notice of Funding Opportunity

AmeriCorps Formula Grants

Americorps Logo The NJ Commission on National and Community Service, NJ Department of State, announces funding opportunities for 2018 AmeriCorps Formula grants. AmeriCorps, sometimes called the “Domestic Peace Corps” is a national service program funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Through this Notice of Funding Op-portunity (NOFO), the NJ Commission seeks to identify projects that it can submit for award consideration by the CNCS. These projects will deploy AmeriCorps participants or “members” effectively to solve significant community problems. In return for their service, members benefit from a living allowance of up to $13,732 (F/T) and an educational award linked to the value of the Pell Grant which is held in trust for college cost of attendance or to pay back existing fed-eral loans.

CNCS and the N.J. Commission have highlighted the following focus areas:

  • Education
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Healthy Futures
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Veterans and Military Families
  • Disaster Services

Eligible agencies include public or private non-profit organizations, community and faith-based organizations; local education agencies including charter schools; local, county or state government; and, colleges.

Application Deadline: The application deadline for AmeriCorps Formula Grants has passed. Please check back for information about future grants.

AmeriCorps Targeted Priority Grants

Americorps Logo AmeriCorps is a national service network that provides full- and part-time opportunities for participants, called members, to serve their communities and build the capacity of organizations to meet local needs. The New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service, New Jersey Department of State, seeks to fund local initiatives and utilize the AmeriCorps model to increase civic engagement and improve New Jersey’s communities by deploying AmeriCorps members to provide services within the Targeted Priority Areas of:

  • Healthy Futures – reducing and/or preventing prescription drug and opioid abuse
    • Child Wellness – in one or more of the following areas:
    • Reducing and/or Preventing child abuse
    • Improving outcomes for child victims of abuse
  • Improving outcomes for foster youth, including youth aging out of foster care
  • Working to improve or support improvement of one or more of the following infrastructure categories: Aviation, Bridges, Dams, Hazardous Waste, Inland Waterways, Levees, Ports, Public Parks, Rail, Roads, Schools, Solid Waste, Transit, and Wastewater.

Programs would develop their Targeted Priority programs in alignment with one or more of the CNCS focus areas. These focus areas are:

  • Disaster Services
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Healthy Futures
  • Veterans and Military Families

Application Deadline: The application deadline for AmeriCorps Targeted Priority Grants has passed. Please check back for information about future grants.

New Jersey AmeriCorps Formula Operating and Planning Grants

Americorps Logo AmeriCorps is a national service network that provides full- and part-time opportunities for participants, called members, to serve their communities and build the capacity of organizations to meet local needs. The New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service (hereinafter “the Commission”), New Jersey Department of State, seeks to fund local initiatives and utilize the AmeriCorps model to increase civic engagement and improve New Jersey’s communities by deploying AmeriCorps members to provide services in the six focus areas identified in the Serve America Act.

Through this AmeriCorps Formula Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), the New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service seeks:

  1. Operational grant applications that demonstrate that they will engage AmeriCorps members in an evidence-informed and evidence-based approach to providing a service intervention that will result in intended solutions to community problems (e.g., based on proposed program’s performance and evaluation data or research demonstrating the effectiveness of a similar intervention).
  2. Planning grant applications that support the development of AmeriCorps programs so applicants are better prepared to compete for an AmeriCorps program grant is the following grant cycle. While there is no guarantee of future funding the Commission will offer these planning grants to enable successful applicants to receive technical assistance and training and to build an infrastructure that might enhance their ability to run a successful AmeriCorps program in the future. Planning grants may not be used to support AmeriCorps members.

Applicants will be awarded points for providing evidence that their proposal intervention will lead to the outcomes identified in the theory of change (logic model). Applicants shall provide evidence that the proposed intervention is effective for the proposed population and community challenge.

Application Deadline: The application deadline for AmeriCorps Competitive Grants has passed. Please check back for information about future grants.