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 -55064-2013-2014 AmeriCorps State
  AmeriCorps Application
  Application Deadline: 11/28/2012 5:00 PM
 
 
Award Amount Range: Not Applicable
Project Start Date: 09/01/2013
Project End Date: 08/31/2016
Award Announcement Date: 06/15/2013
Eligible Applicant: Nonprofit organizations, state/local govt., schools, faith-based orgs. (see RFA for complete list)
Program Officer: Jamie Orozco Nagel
Phone: 515-348-6233 x
Email: jamie.nagel@iowaeda.com
Categorical Area: Community Development, Disaster Preparedness, Economic Development, Education , Energy, Health, Prevention/Treatment, Human Services, Natural Resources, Rural Issues
 
 
Description
 
 

The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (ICVS) is pleased to announce the availability of federal funding in the form of AmeriCorps State grants. The following entities are encouraged to apply: non-profit organizations, state agencies and local governments, elementary and secondary schools, Indian tribes, colleges and universities, community and faith-based organizations, labor organizations, partnerships and consortia, or intermediary organizations representing a combination of these or similar groups, working together. This RFA is for organizations that propose to work in Iowa only. Applicants must apply through the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, using this RFA in conjunction with the most recent corresponding versions of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Notices of Funding Opportunity and Application Instructions.

OVERVIEW & DEADLINES: AmeriCorps grants provide funding to help organizations plan for or manage an AmeriCorps program, which involves recruiting, training, and supporting AmeriCorps members, who serve on a full-time or part-time basis to help the organization in serving the community. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to projects that support organizational capacity-building, education, healthy futures, environmental stewardship, veterans, economic opportunities, disaster preparedness/response, and other identified community needs in Iowa. Successful programs utilize service as a strategy to meet community needs, while working towards the development and growth of the AmeriCorps members serving with the organization.

ISSUING AGENCY NAME:                        Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (ICVS)
ISSUE DATE:                                          October 19, 2012
INITIAL GRANT BUDGET PERIOD:         September 1, 2013-August 31, 2014
LOCATION OF GRANT OPERATIONS:    Statewide, Regional, or Local Areas in Iowa
APPLICATION DEADLINE:                      November 20, 2012, 3:00 PM

APPLICATION FORMAT: Applications must be submitted to the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service via the on-line eGrants and IowaGrants application systems. All proposals that do not meet the established deadlines or application requirements will be declined through the on-line system and may not be considered.

EGRANTS:  This web-based system is used by the Corporation for National and Community Service for the submission and tracking of grant applications. All applicants who wish to apply for 2013-2014 AmeriCorps State Grants must create an eGrants account. For more information and to create an account please visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/egrants/.

IOWAGRANTS: This web-based system is used by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service for the submission and review of grant applications and for the management of awarded AmeriCorps grants. All applicants for 2013-2014 AmeriCorps State Grants must create an IowaGrants account. More information about registering with IowaGrants is available at https://www.iowagrants.gov/index3.jsp.

NOTICE OF INTENT: All interested Iowa applicants are strongly encouraged to submit electronic notice of intent to apply to the ICVS by 3:00 PM on November 6, 2012. All National Direct applicants who are interested in submitting a formula application for the Iowa-only portion of their grant are strongly encouraged to submit their notice of intent to the ICVS by 3:00 PM on November 15, 2012. Notice of intent should be submitted via SurveyMonkey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/13-14Notice. Organizations that submit a notice of intent to apply will be added to a mailing list to receive updates to the RFA, FAQs, and other application materials.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE SESSIONS:  We encourage all potential applicants to participate in these events by registering using the corresponding links. In order to maximize the benefit of these sessions, please review all materials in advance and be prepared with specific questions. In the event that there are no registered participants, the events may be cancelled without prior notice. The GoToMeeting technology service that will be used to conduct the technical assistance session includes a feature that allows audio and any documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded. Please be aware that we intend to record the webinars and make the recordings available publicly following the live sessions.

Questions may be submitted through 11/15/12 to Jamie Nagel (jamie.nagel@iowa.gov) and written responses will be provided to all organizations that have submitted an Intent to Apply.

GRANT APPLICATION OVERVIEW WEBINAR:                    
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 9:00 A.M.
Registration Link: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/join/492833567

GRANT CLARIFICATION/Q&A WEBINAR:                    
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 9:00 A.M.
Registration Link: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/join/643448463

SOURCE OF FUNDS:  The sources of funds for this competition are anticipated federal awards from the Corporation for National and Community Service. 

ANTICIPATED TIMELINE FOR THE IOWA AMERICORPS STATE GRANT PROCESS:

RFA Released

October 19, 2012

Application Overview Webinar

     October 31, 2012               9 a.m.

Clarification and Q&A Webinar

 November 6, 2012                 9 a.m.
Notice of Intent & Waiver Requests  Due to ICVS November 6, 2012                  3 p.m.

Applications due to ICVS

Notice of Intent from National Direct Applicants for Iowa-only portion of their program due to ICVS

Nov. 20, 2012 *                        3 p.m.

Applicants notified by ICVS regarding applications approved for competitive consideration December 5, 2012
Competitive applicant consultation and work days Dec. 12-13, 2012
Revised competitive applications due to ICVS January 7, 2013
Competitive applications submitted to CNCS by ICVS Mid/late Jan. 2013

Revised formula applications are due to ICVS

Revised full applications from National Planning Grant and AmeriCorps National applicants wishing to be considered for state formula funding for the Iowa portion of their project due to ICVS

March 1, 2013                         3 p.m.

Applicants meet with ICVS Program Development Committee April 17, 2013
Negotiations for competitive applications (planning and full program grants) April - May, 2013
Notification to competitive planning grant applicants May 2013**
Notification to competitive full program grant applicants Early June 2013**
Formula funding decisions made by ICVS June 18, 2013
Notification sent to applicants (formula planning or full program grants) Mid June 2013**
Final negotiation and resubmission of approved formula grants to ICVS and CNCS June-July 2013**
Mandatory program director training (2-3 days) Late July or early August 2013
Grant agreement award and program start date September 1, 2013

REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION: All requests for information should be directed to Jamie Nagel, Program Officer, at jamie.nagel@iowa.gov or 515.725.3096.  Questions may be submitted through November 15, 2012 and written responses will be provided to all individuals that have submitted an Intent to Apply. Upon request, this material will be made available in alternate formats for people with disabilities.

*Please note that while the CNCS Application Instructions and Notice indicate that the competition deadline is in January 2013, states have the opportunity to establish their own deadlines.  Iowa applicants must follow the application deadlines noted here.

**Please note that notification dates for the grant award are dependent upon the Corporation for National and Community Service.  These are our best estimates for the notification timeframe, and we will inform applicants as soon as we are notified by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

 
 
 
 Attachments
 
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Description File Name File Size
APPLICATION MATERIALS
ICVS Request for Applications (RFA) 2013-2014
01RFA2013.pdf 419 KB
Appendix A. Waiver Forms 02Waivers2013.pdf 118 KB
Appendix B. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 03FAQs2013.pdf 192 KB
Appendix C. Budget Narrative Worksheet 04BudgetNarrativeWorksheet2013.xlsx 76 KB
Appendix D. Planning Grant Timeline 05PlanningTimeline2013.doc 123 KB
ICVS Consultation Form for National Direct Applicants (Due 11/20/12) 06National_direct_consultation_form_Iowa_2013.doc 696 KB
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Tools to Successfully Launch & Sustain an AmeriCorps Program
08Tools to Succesfully Launch and Sustain an AmeriCorps Program.docx 11 KB
Budget Tutorial for AmeriCorps Programs 09AmeriCorps Grant Budget Preparation.docx 12 KB
Performance Measure Tier Chart 10WI_PM Tier Chart.xlsx 46 KB
CNCS Performance Measure Assessment Checklist 11CNCS_PerformanceMeasurementAssessmentChecklist.pdf 49 KB
ICVS Staff Review Scoresheet (only minor changes expected for 2013-2014) 12StaffReview2011-2012.doc 149 KB
CNCS Theory of Change Worksheet 13CNCS Theory of Change Worksheet.pdf 113 KB
CNCS Performance Measure Worksheet 14Performance Measure Worksheet.pdf 65 KB
CNCS Data Worksheet 15 CNCS Data Worksheet.pdf 196 KB
 
 
 Website Links
 
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URL Description
http://www.americorps.gov/for_organizations/funding/nofa/asp. CNCS Federal Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and CNCS AmeriCorps State and National Application Instructions
https://www4.gotomeeting.com/join/492833567 Grant Application Overview Webinar
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
9:00 A.M.
https://www4.gotomeeting.com/join/643448463 Grant Clarification/Q&A Webinar
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
9:00 A.M.
http://www.volunteeriowa.org/americorps/ac-state.aspx Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service AmeriCorps Grant Application Website
 
 
Conflict of Interest Forms
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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