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Volunteer and National Service

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

Volunteering in a Time of Social Distancing: New Jersey Responds to COVID-19

During this national emergency, the New Jersey Governor’s Office of Volunteerism and its partner organizations understand that those who are not suffering from the virus may want to help. However, all volunteer activities should adhere to critical health and safety protocols in order to protect volunteers, protect residents, protect clients and protect service agencies.

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Grant Opportunities

Current Grants

AmeriCorps NJ: 2022 Climate Change Planning Grant

AmeriCorps is a national service network that provides full- and part-time opportunities for AmeriCorps members to serve their communities and build the capacity of organizations to meet local needs. In exchange for their service, AmeriCorps members are provided with a living allowance, training, and the ability to earn a Segal Education Award for eligible college tuition, cost of attendance, or eligible college loans.

The New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service (hereinafter, the NJ Commission), in partnership with AmeriCorps State and National, seeks single-state applicants to apply for this AmeriCorps Climate Change Planning Grant Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The purpose of planning grants is to support the development of AmeriCorps programs, so applicants are better prepared to compete for an AmeriCorps program grant in the following grant cycle. Planning grants may not be used to support AmeriCorps members.

This planning grant NOFO seeks initiatives that will utilize the AmeriCorps model to increase civic engagement and improve New Jersey’s communities of Bridgeton, Camden, Phillipsburg, and Trenton by deploying AmeriCorps members to provide services in the focus area of Environmental Stewardship and focusing on development of a Climate Change AmeriCorps operating program.

The planning grant will run from February 1, 2022 to August 31, 2022. During this period, the planning grantee will develop an AmeriCorps Operating application to be submitted in the Formula 2022 competition. If selected for funding, the awardee would then begin implementation of the operating grant on September 1, 2022. The operating grant would 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 resulting from climate change.

Grants will support responsible stewardship of the environment. Focus areas include:

  • Helping Americans respond to/recover from disruptive events
  • Conserve Natural habitats
  • Clean air and water
  • Maintain public lands
  • Support wild land fire mitigation and sustainable forest management
  • Cultivate individual and community resilience
  • Reforestation services after floods or fires

Eligibility: Eligible agencies include public or private non-profit organizations.

Application Deadline: FY’22 Climate Change Grant application due Thursday, January 6 2022.

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FY22 Climate Change Planning Grant NOFO Application Timeline
Date Activity
November 29, 2021 Dissemination of NOFO announcing the 2022 AmeriCorps Climate Change Planning Grant.
December 8, 2021 NOFO Technical Assistance Session via ZOOM. Live at 10:00 am. Link to be sent upon registration. Required. Register here to attend NOFO Technical Assistance Session. Session will be recorded and available at the NJ Department of State AmeriCorps grants website.
December 13, 2021 Notice of Intent to Apply form for FY'22 Climate Change Planning Grant NOFO are due to Commission by end of day.
January 6, 2022 Climate Change Planning Grant applications due to Commission.
January 7, 2022 Staff review of applications and budgets are begun.
January 14, 2022 Reader Arena Session via ZOOM. Arena scores and final rankings.
January 18, 2022 Commission Board vote on selected applications.
January 19, 2022 NNotification of selected applicants.
February 1, 2022 Start date of Planning Grant.
August 31, 2022 End date of Planning Grant.

 

Reporting Requirements:

Planning Grantees will be required to submit progress and fiscal reports at regular intervals:

REPORTING PERIOD
Progress Report and Fiscal Report
REPORTING DUE DATES
Feb 1 – Mar 31 2022 April 10
Apr 1 – June 30 2022 July 10
July 1 – Aug 31 2022 Oct 10

AmeriCorps Agency: 2022 Public Health AmeriCorps

Public Health AmeriCorps will include a 400 million dollar investment, over five years, from the American Rescue Plan Act workforce funding that will enable the recruitment, training, and development of a new generation of public health leaders who are ready to respond to the public health needs of the nation by providing public health service in communities.

AmeriCorps members will serve primarily in state, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments or in service to public health departments. It is strongly recommended that AmeriCorps members serve in at least teams of two. AmeriCorps has found that placing at least two members at a service site location provides economies of scale and aids in retention of members.

Public Health AmeriCorps goals include:

  • Help meet public health needs of local communities by providing needed capacity and support in state and local public health settings and advancing more equitable health outcomes for communities who are currently or historically underserved.
  • Provide pathways to good quality public health-related careers by providing exposure through onsite experience, training, and more, with a focus on recruiting AmeriCorps members who reflect the communities in which they will serve

AmeriCorps agency's priorities include:

  • Efforts to help local communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may propose programming to aid communities in their efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Application Deadline: The deadline for applications to the 2022 AmeriCorps State and National Public Health AmeriCorps NOFO is Monday, November 8, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Please contact AmeriCorpsGrants@cns.gov for additional guidance.

To apply: FY 2022 AmeriCorps State and National Public Health AmeriCorps | AmeriCorps

Public Health AmeriCorps Links

AmeriCorps Competitive Grants

Americorps Logo The NJ Commission on National and Community Service, NJ Department of State, announces funding opportunities for 2022 AmeriCorps Competitive 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 Opportunity (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 $33,004 (F/T) and a Segal 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 federal loans.

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

  • Disaster Response
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Healthy Futures
  • Veterans and Military Families
  • Efforts to help local communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic

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: Competitive applications due to Commission on eGrants by 4:00 pm November 16, 2021.

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2021 Competitive Technical Assistance Sessions (mandatory viewing for consideration of application)

October 1: 22.23 Competitive NOFO General Technical Assistance Session RECORDED 10/01/21
22.23 Competitive NOFO General Technical Assistance Session POWERPOINT PRESENTATION 10/01/21

October 5: 22'23 Competitive NOFO 10.05.21 General Tech Assist Session: Theory of Change & Logic Models RECORDED 10/05/21
22'23 Competitive NOFO General Technical Assistance Session: Theory of Change, Logic Models POWERPOINT PRESENTATION 10/05/21

Registration required. Click here to register to attend one or both sessions. These session will be recorded and posted to this website.

Timeline:
Date Activity
September 14 - 17 Dissemination of NOFO flyer announcing the 2022/23 AmeriCorps Competitive competition. NOFO goes live on the NJ DOS website.
October 1 NOFO Technical Assistance Session via ZOOM. Live at 10:00 am. Register here to attend one or both sessions. Session will be recorded and available at the NJ Department of State AmeriCorps grants website.
October 5 Technical Assistance Session on Theory of Change, Evidence, Logic Models and Performance Measures via ZOOM. 10:00 am. Register here to attend one or both sessions. Recorded session will be posted on NJ DOS website.
November 4 Notice of Intent to Apply due to Commission. Form available on https://forms.office.com/g/bc4usvqUkK.
November 16 Competitive applications due to Commission on eGrants by 4:00 pm.
November 29 Staff review of applications and budgets are begun.
December 2 or 3 (TBD) Reader Arena Session via ZOOM. Arena scores and final rankings.
December 6 or 7 (TBD) Notification of applicants selected and Reader revisions requested for applications recommended for funding.
December 16 & 17 Final staff review on revisions.
December 21 Commission board vote on selected applicants.
December 30 NJ Commission target date for submission of Competitive package to CNCS.

 

Closed NOFOs

AmeriCorps Formula Grants

Americorps Logo The NJ Commission on National and Community Service, NJ Department of State, announces funding opportunities for 2021 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
  • Efforts to help local communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic

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: Formula applications due to Commission on eGrants by 4:00 pm April 15, 2021.

Formula Grants Opportunity Flyer

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2021 Formula Funding Technical Assistance Sessions
(mandatory viewing for consideration of application)


March 3 - ‘2021 General Technical Assistance Session by Ivette Ramos and Marie Humenik
LINK: NJ AmeriCorps General Technical Assistance Session 03.03.2021
PASSCODE: NOFO2021!
General Technical Assistance Session Slides 03/03/2021
ACNJ Formula Fund sample budget 21.22

March 5 – ‘2021 Formula Funding ‘Theory of Change, Evidence, Logic Models and Performance Measures’ Technical Assistance Session’ by Montclair CREEHS
Due to technical error, the recording of the March 5 session is unavailable.
Here is the session presented October 2020: AmeriCorps TA 10.6.2020 -Theory of Change, Logic Models and Performance Measures video
RESOURCES: Performance Measure Guide and Instructions & AmeriCorps Evidence Exchange

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: The application deadline for AmeriCorps Competitive 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.

 

 


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