TO APPLY FOR THIS COMPETITION, APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE CORPORATION'S WEBSITE, http://www.nationalservice.gov/for_organizations/funding/nofa_detail.asp?tbl_nofa_id=9 1. The purpose of CNCS is to maximize the power of service and volunteering to improve lives in communities
across the country.
In the Edward M.
Kennedy Serve America Act, Congress directed CNCS to focus national service in areas where service can make a major impact, including education, energy conservation, health, economic opportunity for economically vulnerable individuals, increasing service by and for veterans, and providing disaster services.
CNCS is carrying out Congressï¿½s intent by targeting AmeriCorps funding in these six focus areas.
In accordance with the Act, through this Notice and its other activities, CNCS seeks to:
ï¿½ Direct the power of national service to solve a common set of challenges.
ï¿½ Expand opportunities for all Americans to serve.
ï¿½ Build the enduring capacity of individuals, organizations and communities to effectively use service and volunteering to solve community problems.
ï¿½ Embrace innovative solutions that work.
AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations engaged in evidence-based interventions that utilize AmeriCorps members to strengthen communities.
An AmeriCorps member is an individual who is enrolled in an approved national service position and engages in community service.
Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving.
Upon successful completion of their service members receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust.
Brief descriptions of the six Focus Areas follow.
Grants will help individuals and communities prepare, respond, recover, and mitigate disasters and increase community resiliency.
Grant activities will:
ï¿½ increase the preparedness of individuals, ï¿½ increase individualsï¿½ readiness to respond, ï¿½ help individuals recover from disasters, and ï¿½ help individuals mitigate disasters.
Grants will provide support and/or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to the improved economic well-being and security of economically disadvantaged people.
Grant activities will help economically disadvantaged people to:
ï¿½ have improved access to services and benefits aimed at contributing to their enhanced financial literacy, ï¿½ transition into or remain in safe, healthy, affordable housing, and ï¿½ have improved employability leading to increased success in becoming employed.
Grants will provide support and/or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to improved educational outcomes for economically disadvantaged people, especially children.
CNCS is particularly interested in program designs that support youth engagement and service-learning as strategies to achieve high educational outcomes.
Grant activities will improve:
ï¿½ school readiness for economically disadvantaged young children, ï¿½ educational and behavioral outcomes of students in low-achieving elementary, middle, and high schools, and ï¿½ the preparation for and prospects of success in post-secondary education institutions for economically disadvantaged students.
Grants will provide direct services that contribute to increased energy and water efficiency, renewable energy use, or improving at-risk ecosystems, and support increased citizen behavioral change leading to increased efficiency, renewable energy use, and ecosystem improvements particularly for economically disadvantaged households and economically disadvantaged communities.
Grant activities will:
ï¿½ decrease energy and water consumption, ï¿½ improve at-risk ecosystems, ï¿½ increase behavioral changes that lead directly to decreased energy and water consumption or improve at-risk ecosystems, and ï¿½ increase green training opportunities that may lead to decreased energy and water consumption or improve at-risk ecosystems.
Grants will meet health needs within communities including access to care, aging in place, and addressing childhood obesity.
Grant activities will:
ï¿½ increase seniorsï¿½ ability to remain in their own homes with the same or improved quality of life for as long as possible, ï¿½ increase physical activity and improve nutrition in youth with the purpose of reducing childhood obesity, and ï¿½ improve access to primary and preventive health care for communities served by CNCS-supported programs (access to health care).
Veterans and Military Families:
Grants will positively impact the quality of life of veterans and improve military family strength.
Grant activities will increase:
ï¿½ the number of veterans and military service members and their families served by CNCS-supported programs, and ï¿½ the number of veterans and military family members engaged in service provision through CNCS-supported programs.
Brief description of Capacity Building follows.
In addition to the six Focus Areas described above, grants also will provide support for capacity building activities provided by national service participants.
As a general rule, CNCS considers capacity building activities to be indirect services that enable CNCS-supported organizations to provide more, better and sustained direct services.
Capacity building activities cannot be solely intended to support the administration or operations of the organization.
Examples of capacity building activities include:
ï¿½ Recruiting and/or managing community volunteers.
ï¿½ Implementing effective volunteer management practices.
ï¿½ Completing community assessments that identify goals and recommendations.
ï¿½ Developing new systems and business processes (technology, performance management, training, etc.) or enhancing existing systems and business processes.
National Performance Measures:
In 2012, CNCS will implement the third year of the National Performance Measures Pilot.
National Performance Measures allow CNCS to demonstrate the aggregated impact of all AmeriCorps programs.
This year, we have focused and refined the Measures and aligned them with our Strategic Plan.
This refinement process included adding a few new Measures to fill data gaps.
Our National Performance Measures are split into two groups:
Priority Measures and Pilot Measures.
ï¿½ Priority Measures are a subset of the original National Performance Measures Pilot with the addition of capacity building measures.
ï¿½ Pilot Measures are the remaining measures from the National Performance Measures Pilot with the addition of capacity building measures not included in the Priority Measures.
New and recompeting applicants are strongly encouraged to utilize the National Performance Measures because funding priority will be given to these applicants.
(Our funding priority tiers are described in detail in Part B.
below, and the National Performance Measures are listed by Tier in Section IX.) Encore Programs Congress set a goal that 10 percent of AmeriCorps funding should support encore service programs that engage a significant number of participants age 55 or older.
CNCS seeks to meet that 10 percent target in this competition and encourages encore programs to apply.
What are the 2012 AmeriCorps funding priorities? In the 2012 competition CNCS expects to invest a significant amount of available funding to programs working in the six Focus Areas of Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures, and Veterans and Military Families.
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