Volunteer Iowa (Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service) is pleased to announce continued funding of the Volunteer Generation Fund grants. Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) grant funds support development and strengthening of the volunteer infrastructure in Iowa through Volunteer Centers. The 2020 grant represents year three of a three-year federal appropriation.
The purpose of this Request for Application (“Application”) is to solicit applications from existing programs updating their progress-to-date on current grant activities, including program goals of increasing the engagement of Iowans in meaningful service and increasing volunteer opportunities through development of Volunteer Centers or expanding existing Volunteer Centers. In addition, current grantees will report on any proposed changes to activities or other major modifications to the current grant. Information from the Application will be used to evaluate program progress and determine whether continued funding is merited and, if so, whether the level of funding proposed for 2020 is justified.
Only existing Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) grantees are eligible to apply in this competition. This application is not open to new organizations. If funding becomes available, Volunteer Iowa will issue a Request for Applications to seek new applicants.
Applicants may request up to the amount awarded to them in the 2019 grant. The source of funds for the VGF competition is a federal award from the Corporation for National and Community Service (“CNCS” or “Corporation”), CFDA Number 94.021.
LETTER OF DISCONTINUANCE: In order to maximize resources, Volunteer Iowa intends to fully award all VGF funds. Therefore, if any current grantees do not intend to apply for continuation funds, or intend to ask for less than was previously awarded, please send notification as soon as possible, but no later than October 17, 2019, to Michelle Raymer, Program Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org
IOWA GRANTS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (www.IowaGrants.gov): This web-based system is used by the State of Iowa for the submission and tracking of grant applications. All applicants who wish to receive a Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) grant must utilize the Iowagrants system to submit their request. The IowaGrants system will be open for applications on or before October 9, 2019. Individuals who do not have an account must register to obtain one. Accounts can be set up at any time by completing the registration form and selecting “Volunteer Generation Fund” as the program area of interest.
Organizations may have additional staff working on the grant in IowaGrants by adding additional users in the “General Information” tab in IowaGrants. All users of the system must have an account created using the instructions above.
Overview Webinar: Volunteer Iowa will host a VGF grant overview webinar on October 16, 2019. Advance registration for the webinar is required. If there are no attendees, the webinar will not be held. During the webinar, we will review the Request for Applications document and the IowaGrants application site. If time allows, we will address questions. The webinar will be recorded and made available on our website.
Date: October 16, 2019
Time: 2-3 PM
*Recording Link: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/2679081429596514818
Clarification and Questions: In order to ensure equitable treatment for all applicants, any questions must be submitted through the Ask a Question feature in IowaGrants. This feature is viewable once you have logged into IowaGrants. Responses to questions will be posted on the Funding Opportunities Details page for the opportunity in IowaGrants. The final date for submitting questions is November 5, 2019 at 3 p.m. Questions submitted after this time are not guaranteed to be answered.
APPLICATION DEADLINES AND TIMELINE
RFA Released: October 7, 2019
Application Open in Iowagrants (www.IowaGrants.gov): October 9, 2019
Overview Webinar: October 16, 2019, 2-3 PM
Letters of Discontinuance due to Volunteer Iowa: October 17, 2019, 3 PM
Clarification Questions due to Volunteer Iowa: November 5, 2019, 3 PM
Responses to Clarification Questions posted November 7, 2019, 3 PM
Application Proposals due to Volunteer Iowa: November 14, 2019, 3 PM
Clarification/Negotiations: December 2-10, 2019
Grant Agreements sent: December 11, 2019
Start Date: January 1, 2020
Proposals and associated attachments must be submitted to Volunteer Iowa via the Iowa Grants Management System (www.IowaGrants.gov) system by 3:00 PM CDT on November 14, 2019. 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.