americorps planning grant information session a presentation for americorps grant applicants
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DESCRIPTIONAmeriCorps Planning Grant Information Session A presentation for AmeriCorps grant applicants. Session Objectives. AmeriCorps Overview AmeriCorps Operating Grant Overview Review Planning Grant Application Process Q & A. CaliforniaVolunteers (CV). - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
AmeriCorps Planning Grant Information Session
A presentation for AmeriCorps grant applicants
Session ObjectivesAmeriCorps OverviewAmeriCorps Operating Grant OverviewReview Planning Grant Application ProcessQ & A
CaliforniaVolunteers (CV)The Governor-appointed State Service Commission for California.Mission is to increase the number & impact of Californians engaged in service and volunteeringLeads the organization in consultation with a 25-member Commission appointed by the GovernorFunded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to provide support to AmeriCorps programs
CNCSAwards grants to state service commissions and national organizations (e.g., non-profits, faith & community-based organizations, public agencies, Indian tribes, and institutions of higher education).Provides opportunities for individuals AmeriCorps members to serve communities across the country.Since 1994, more than 820,000 men and woman have provided service as AmeriCorps members
AmeriCorps Focus AreasDisaster ServicesEconomic OpportunityEducationEnvironmental StewardshipHealthy FuturesVeterans and Military Families
What do AC programs do?Training citizens in disaster preparednessResponding to disaster eventsProviding disaster recovery and/or mitigationImproving housing situation for economically disadvantaged peopleImproving the academic performance or academic engagement of K-12 studentsImproving the environmental condition of distressed public lands and waterwaysEngaging veterans and military families in service or providing service to these individualsIncreasing access to health servicesStrengthening vulnerable families to prevent child abuse & neglectIncrease access to the courts system
AmeriCorps impact includes:
Funds activities based on an evidence-based or evidence-informed approach to strengthening or addressing community problems.Enables an organization to build capacity or deepen the impact of the service to individuals or communities. Broadens the scope the service activities to reach previously underserved communitiesFunds cannot duplicate or supplant pre-existing activities, staff or volunteers
What is AmeriCorps?
What is AmeriCorps?Provide partial funding to support AmeriCorps projects/programs. Solely for program expenses and not for general organizational expensesGrant recipients must contribute cash or in-kind match funds.Include an allotment of AmeriCorps member positions and funds that are directly tied to the number of members.
AmeriCorps MembersIndividuals enrolled for a specific term of service with an AmeriCorps programMembers are not volunteers or employeesSome members receive a living allowance, health insurance and child care assistanceAmeriCorps members receive the Segal Education Award upon completing a term of service
AmeriCorps Members vs. VolunteersMembers have a contract with the programMembers must be supervisedMembers receive extensive, program specific trainingMembers must commit to a specific term of service
Benefits of an AmeriCorps GrantApplicant Organization/Community Partnership:Enables delivery of results-driven services to better address pressing local, regional, and statewide needsBuilds organizational capacity through leveraging of trained dedicated citizens to deliver serviceProvides human capital to scale and increase impacts of evidence-based programsAmeriCorps Members:Education award to further education or repay student loansProfessional development and job trainingPathway to greater career opportunitiesBeneficiaries/Communities:Services and resources are extended to disadvantaged youth and familiesBenefit from meaningful life changing services
Funding Opportunities2014 AmeriCorps Planning Grant Request for Applications (Planning Grant RFA)Provides planning grants to support planning and development of new operating AmeriCorps programProject Period: April September 2014Applications Due: April 8, 2014 at 5:00 P.M., PST2015-16 AmeriCorps Request for Application (RFA)Provides operating grants to support AmeriCorps programsProject Period: August 2015 December 2016RFA to be released Summer of 2014Anticipated Application Deadline: November 2014
Operating GrantsThree-year GrantsFunds awarded annuallyRecipients submit continuations for years 2 & 3Recompete after year 3
Operating GrantsFund a portion of program operating costsFlexible funds may be used for allowable costs included in the budgetAvailable to new and recompeting applicantsApplicants must provide a detailed budget with the application submissionMust meet specific match requirements (24% of total operating costs for new applicants)Must submit semi-annual financial reports to CV
Operating GrantsGrantee responsibilities and requirements include:Employ strong fiscal & program management systemsMonitor financial management, program performance, and member activitiesTrain and provide technical assistance to staffRecruit, select, train, and support membersTrack progress toward meeting performance measuresAct as liaison between CV and other community partners
Operating Grant Flow
Operating GrantsProgram Management Structure
An AmeriCorps grant generally operates on two levels:
1.Grantee (Parent/legal applicant organization)
2. Service Locations (where members serve)
The grantee has overall legal, administrative, and fiscal responsibility for the entire scope of the program, even if the funds are sub-granted.
Operating GrantsProgram Management StructureWhere and how AmeriCorps members are placed at service locations will vary.A Few Things to Consider:Where will the service activities take place?Who are your community and service partners?What can your partners provide?What is their capacity?
Operating GrantsProgram Management StructureCentralized: grantee handles all administrative functions and assigns members; and doesnt sub-grant fundsDecentralized: grantee sub-grants the funds, and the sub-grantee is responsible for member training, payroll and other administrative functions.Combination: shared responsibilitiesGrantee is ultimately responsible
Are you ready for AmeriCorps?Organizational capabilityStaff skilled in training, supervision, and oversightCommunity partnersExperience managing federal funds
Planning GrantsGrant amount is up to $50,000.Grantees are reimbursed through monthly invoices.Funds the development of program components and infrastructure required to support an operating grant. Allowable expenses include (see p. 7 of RFA):staffing/consultant coststravelmaterials costs necessary to conduct research and bring together community partners, etc.
Planning Grant DeliverableAn Operating Grant Proposal that addresses:Community need Theory of change/logic model Evidence-informed or evidence-based interventionMeasureable outputs and outcomesProgram DiagramCommunity partner roles & responsibilitiesMember recruitment, selection, training, and supervisionOperating budgetMatch requirement & sustainability
PG Application ComponentsProgram Narrative that addresses:Proposed community needVision for using AmeriCorpsHow AmeriCorps adds valueDetailed description of planning processTimeline for planning activitiesDescription of how the planning grant will be used to develop capacity to effectively manage AmeriCorps program, including completing planning grant deliverablesBudget
PG Application Timeline
April 8, 2014Planning Grant Applications DueApril 9-17, 2014Review, Clarification, & Selection PeriodApril 18, 2014Selected Applications Due in eGrantsApril 21-25, 2014Contracting PeriodApril-Sept., 2014Planning PeriodSeptember 2014Operating Grant Proposal Due
How to Apply for AmeriCorps FundingRespond to CaliforniaVolunteers Request for Applications (RFA).
Visit http://www.californiavolunteers.org/index.php/Grants/americorps/ for RFA application materials.
Follow RFA and accompanying Application Forms and Instructions
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*AmeriCorps grants allow organizations to more effectively address community needs by using AmeriCorps resources to support existing programs. Also, AmeriCorps allows organization to reach previously underserved communities and expand their activities beyond what they were able to do without AmeriCorps. [Give example of Safe Corps]
AmeriCorps members or grant funds can help meet unmet needs or can expand an organizations ability to better address community needs, but they dont take the place of community resources that already exist.*AmeriCorps grants allow organizations to more effectively address community needs by using AmeriCorps resources to support existing programs. Also, AmeriCorps allows organization to reach previously underserved communities and expand their activities beyond what they were able to do without AmeriCorps. [Give example of Safe Corps]
AmeriCorps members or grant funds can help meet unmet needs or can expand an organizations ability to better address community needs, but they dont take the place of community resources that already exist.***