Iowa AmeriCorps State Funding Announcement 2022-2023 Planning Grants
The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (Volunteer Iowa) is pleased to announce a Request for Applications for Iowa AmeriCorps State Planning Grants for program year 2022-2023.
What is AmeriCorps State?
Iowa AmeriCorps State is a national service program that involves individuals (“members”) providing service to address critical needs in their communities. AmeriCorps members also mobilize community volunteers and strengthen the capacity of the organizations they serve. In exchange for a term of service, members typically receive a living allowance and other benefits from the sponsor organization while serving. Upon successful completion of their service, members earn an education award to help pay for education costs at qualified institutions of higher education, to pay for educational training, or to repay qualified student loans. Individuals may serve in AmeriCorps from age 17 and up. Iowa AmeriCorps State engages the energy and idealism of the citizens of Iowa in meeting the most vital education, economic opportunity, health, environmental, disaster preparedness, public safety, and veterans’ needs in our communities. Iowa’s AmeriCorps State portfolio currently consists of over 20 programs with more than 800 members serving in full- or part- time positions. These programs operate throughout the state to address critical community needs. See https://www.volunteeriowa.org/individuals/americorps for more general information about AmeriCorps.
What do AmeriCorps State Planning Grants Cover?
Planning grants support organizations with funds to allow them to work on plans for the design and implementation of new AmeriCorps State programs.
AmeriCorps Priorities for 2022-2023
For the 2022-2023 application process, Volunteer Iowa particularly seeks planning grants for programs that would address the following priorities, drawn from Iowa's State Service Plan:
- • Programs that are part of or utilize a comprehensive community strategy.
- • Programs or strategies that engage underrepresented populations and those that provide a high return on investment.
- • Programs in geographic areas that are underserved or have the highest need.
- • Programs that address disparities in rural communities or with minorities.
- • New service opportunities to develop community capital in the following areas:
- o State legislative & national service focus areas
- o Governor’s priority areas such as Future Ready Iowa, supporting Iowa’s energy plan, childcare and enrichment, digital literacy and education
Applicants for this funding will need to reference the complete application materials to posted to the AmeriCorps State grants page of the Volunteer Iowa website (https://www.volunteeriowa.org/americorps-state) including the Volunteer Iowa Request for Applications (RFA) and appendices, the Volunteer Iowa Pre-Application Instructions, the Volunteer Iowa Final Application Instructions, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Mandatory Supplemental Guidance (“Guidance”), and the CNCS Performance Measure Instructions. Applications will be accepted only from organizations seeking funding to plan for a program wholly within the state of Iowa (multi-state applicants apply directly to the Corporation for National and Community Service).
Key Dates & Deadlines
- Final Application Deadline: 9/13/2022
- Grant Start Date: 11/1/2022
Grant Size & Matching Requirements
Volunteer Iowa will award planning grants of up to a maximum of $75,000 in federal funding. Grantees must contribute a minimum matching share of 24% of the overall budget.
What is the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, or Volunteer Iowa?
Volunteer Iowa is the state service commission for the state of Iowa and administers Iowa AmeriCorps State grants. Volunteer Iowa strives create an Iowa where all citizens are empowered through service to meet community challenges and make lives better. Volunteer Iowa works to fulfill this vision by funding and supporting programs, projects, and activities focused on service and volunteerism. These include AmeriCorps State, the Volunteer Generation Fund, the Volunteer Iowa AmeriCorps VISTA program, and Iowa Mentor (the Iowa Mentoring Partnership).
Volunteer Iowa partners with the AMERICORPS federal agency (also known as the Corporation for National and Community Service or CNCS) to fund and administer Iowa AmeriCorps State programs. Established in 1993, AMERICORPS engages more than a million Americans each year in service to their communities by providing a way to solve community problems. The federal AMERICORPS agency plays a crucial role supporting the American culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility. AMERICORPS has three primary national service initiatives: AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps Seniors, and the Volunteer Generation Fund.