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  • AmeriCorps 101 AmeriCorps 101 Key AmeriCorps Grant Terminology for Reviewers 2014 AmeriCorps External Review Training
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  • Training Objectives Describe CNCSs AmeriCorps programs Define basic AmeriCorps grant concepts and terminology Identify AmeriCorps six Focus Areas Describe the differences between the categories of AmeriCorps grant opportunities 2
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  • Preview of Assessment Questions (Multiple Choice) Which AmeriCorps program serves as a full-time residential program for men and women, ages 18-24, who are serving in short-term projects across the country? (Short Answer) List the six AmeriCorps Focus Areas 3
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  • AmeriCorps Programs 4
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  • AmeriCorps is an Umbrella that Consists of Three Programs 5 AmeriCorps Vista AmeriCorps State and National AmeriCorps NCCC
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  • AmeriCorps Focus Areas 6 Education Disaster Services Veterans and Military Families Healthy Futures Economic Opportunity Environmental Stewardship
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  • AmeriCorps Terms and Concepts The direct recipient of the grant funds Grantee Operating solely within one state Single-state Operating in two or more states. This program receives an AmeriCorps grant directly from CNCS Multi-state Comprised of a board nominated and appointed by a states governor who oversees the implementation of national/community service and volunteer initiatives in their state State Service Commission 7
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  • AmeriCorps Terms and Concepts (cont.) The local organizations which receive the grand funds from the Grantee to implement the grant activities on the local level. Subgrantee Terms used to describe the place where a member conducts the service activities. Operating Sites and Service Locations 8
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  • Who are AmeriCorps Members? Individuals enrolled for a specific term of service with an AmeriCorps program Members are not volunteers or employees Some AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance, health insurance, and child care assistance to support them during their term of service AmeriCorps members receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successfully completing a term of service All AmeriCorps members are subject to criminal history checks 9
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  • Member Terminology Member Service Year (MSY): One Member Service Year is equivalent to one full-time AmeriCorps member (not always equivalent to one personsee slot type below). AmeriCorps funds are contingent on the number of MSYs requested by the program. AmeriCorps member term/slot type: There are five types of AmeriCorps member terms or slots: full time, half time, reduced half time, quarter time, and minimum time. (i.e. Two members with half-time slots can comprise one MSY.) The total MSYs a program requests depends on the number and type of slots/AmeriCorps member positions included in a particular program design. 10
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  • AmeriCorps State & National Grants Requires an applicant to propose an AmeriCorps program Applicants submit an application explaining their programs: Program Design Organizational Capability Cost Effectiveness & Budget Adequacy Other important submissions include a detailed budget, performance measures, and/or additional documents As an External Reviewer, you will assess the Program Design. 11
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  • AmeriCorps Program Design Design/structure of AmeriCorps programs vary Not prescriptive or cookie-cutter Members can provide their service with the organization receiving the AmeriCorps grant, or Members could be placed at community organizations by the grant recipient Members can serve as a team on a single project, or Members could be placed individually or in small groups on various projects Members serve as teachers, health care providers, police officers, engineers, or other professionals in communities where there is an inadequate number of such professionals 12
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  • Categories of Funding for 2014 AmeriCorps Review AmeriCorps State Grants National Direct Grants Education Award Programs (EAP) Fixed Amount Grants Professional Corps Grants US Territories and Indian Tribe Grants 13
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  • AmeriCorps State State grants address needs within one state Single state programs must contact their State Service Commission to apply for AmeriCorps funding AmeriCorps National grant programs address community needs in at least two states 14
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  • National Direct Grants National grants address needs in a multi-state area Grantee has relationships with entities in different states that will operate the local programs 15
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  • Education Award Programs Funded directly by CNCS or through State Commissions Are separate fixed-amount type grants May enroll less-than-full-time members in addition to full- time members Receives minimal financial support from the AmeriCorps grant and has fewer fiscal reporting requirements 16
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  • Professional Corps Grants Grants are awarded to organizations that propose to operate a Professional Corps program in a single or multiple states 17
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  • US Territories and Indian Tribe Grants Indian Tribes Program Per CNCS legislation, a minimum of 1% of funds for AmeriCorps programs is set aside for Tribal applicants Indian Tribes can also submit applications for any of the other grant programs. States and Territories w/out Commissions Applicants from these locations can apply directly to CNCS CNMI US Virgin Islands 18
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  • Wrap Up Describe CNCSs AmeriCorps program Define basic AmeriCorps grant concepts and terminology Identify AmeriCorps six Focus Areas Describe the differences between the categories of AmeriCorps grant opportunities 19
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  • Assessment To check for understanding and to verify that you have completed this orientation session, please complete the Assessment at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/americorps101 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/americorps101 20