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2022 AmeriCorps State and National Funding Priorities
Application Deadline
State Commission Competition Contacts and Deadlines
Funding Announcement, Mandatory Supplemental Information, Application Instructions
Performance Measure Instructions
Evaluation Plan Template
Operational and Financial Management Survey (OFMS)
Clarification
Technical Assistance Information
Technical Assistance Webinars

2022 AmeriCorps State and National Funding Priorities

AmeriCorps State and National seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in the following areas: 

  • Efforts to help local communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may propose programming to aid communities in their efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, including outcomes of COVID-19 on student subgroups described in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
  • Educational opportunity and economic mobility for communities experiencing persistent unemployment or underemployment, and students experiencing homelessness or those in foster care.
  • Programs that prioritize civic engagement and social cohesion.
  • Evidence-based interventions on the AmeriCorps Evidence Exchange that are assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence. Please note that many of these interventions have demonstrated effectiveness in improving outcomes for individuals living in underserved communities and that the agency has committed resources to supporting grantees seeking to replicate and evaluate these interventions in similar communities.
  • Veterans and Military Families, Caregivers, and Survivors – a program model that improves the quality of life of veterans and improves the well-being of military families, caregivers, and survivors. 
  • Rural intermediaries – organizations that demonstrate measurable impact and primarily serve rural communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure.  
  • Environmental stewardship and climate change including renewable energy and energy efficiency, building community resilience, sustainable food systems and agriculture, and conservation and habitat preservation.  
  • Faith-based organizations.
  • Economic Mobility Corps.

To receive priority consideration, applicants must show that the priority area is a significant part of the program focus and intended outcomes. Proposing programs that receive priority consideration does not guarantee funding.

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications to the 2022 AmeriCorps State and National NOFO is Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. AmeriCorps State and National expects that successful applicants will be notified by mid May 2022.

Single-State Applicants: Organizations that propose to operate in only one state must apply through the Governor-appointed State or Territory Commissions. Each state and territory administers its own selection process and submits the applications it selects to compete for funding directly to AmeriCorps. State Commissions have their own application processes and may have additional requirements.  

States and Territories without Commissions: Applicants in South Dakota, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands apply directly to AmeriCorps because this State and these Territories do not have an established Commission. Please contact AmeriCorpsGrants@cns.gov for additional guidance.

State Commission Competition Contacts and Deadlines

Single-state applicant deadlines to State Commissions may be significantly before the AmeriCorps State and National deadline, thus prospective state applicants should contact the State Commission in the state or territory where they intend to apply as early as possible.

Please visit https://www.americorps.gov/contact/state-service-commissions for State Commission contacts and more information.

Funding Announcement, Mandatory Supplemental Information, and Application Instructions

2022 AmeriCorps State and National Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF)
2022 AmeriCorps State and National Mandatory Supplemental Information (PDF)
2022 AmeriCorps State and National Application Instructions (PDF)
Diversity Questionnaire Draft (XLSX)

Performance Measure Instructions

2022 AmeriCorps State and National Performance Measure Instructions (PDF)

Evaluation Plan Template

AmeriCorps State and National Evaluation Plan Template (DOC)

Applicant Operational and Financial Management Survey (OFMS)

Applicant Operational and Financial Management Survey (OFMS)

  • All new and recompeting applicants regardless of funding level are required to submit an Operational and Financial Management Survey (OFMS).
  • Some grantees may have completed a Financial Management Survey (FMS) in the past. The Operational and Financial Management Survey (OFMS) is a different document, and the old FMS will not be accepted in place of the OFMS.
  • The form needs to be completed fully, a response for every question. If there are additional comments needed to explain certain responses, please utilize the ‘preparer’s comments’ section.
  • The OFMS must be submitted as Word Document. All other formats, including PDF, will not be accepted.
  • If possible, please limit the amount of times and locations the document is saved prior to submitting to AmeriCorps. We’ve found that the macros used to extract data from the form can be corrupted by saving the file in different formats or locations. 

Clarification

The AmeriCorps State and National Grants Competition will include a Clarification period. During the Clarification period, applicants may be asked for clarifying information regarding issues of significance, and may be asked for corrections or changes to elements of the application and budget. The AmeriCorps State and National Grants process also includes a Resolution period for successful applicants. During the Resolution period, which will occur after applicants have been notified of the results of the competition, successful applicants will make corrections or changes to elements of the application, including Performance Measures, and provide additional requested information. Although not all applications will receive requests for clarification, it is imperative that staff involved in the development and submission of the application be available to respond to clarification, if requested.

Technical Assistance Information

If you are having technical difficulties with creating an account or preparing or submitting the application in eGrants, please contact the National Service Hotline at (800) 942-2677 or via Questions. For all other application questions, please contact AmeriCorpsGrants@cns.gov. 

Technical Assistance Webinars

AmeriCorps is hosting technical assistance webinars for applicants to answer questions about the funding opportunity and eGrants. AmeriCorps strongly encourages all applicants participate in these sessions. The Technical Assistance Webinars section will be updated with additional webinars and resources as they are scheduled.  

FY 2022 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition: NOFO 101

During this live webinar, we will review critical components of the 2022 AmeriCorps State and National Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). We will provide an overview of AmeriCorps State and National, outline aspects of this grant competition, and answer any questions related to the application process. Note: This session is presented twice, and the same information will be covered in both sessions.

FY 2022 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition: Best Practices in Developing Performance Measures

Pre-recorded webinar and live Q&A session about how to create high-quality performance measures that align with an applicant's program design and meet AmeriCorps State and National requirements. Applicable to new, recompeting and continuation applicants. Prior to attending the Q&A session, participants must watch the pre-recorded webinar and review the 2022 Performance Measure Instructions.

  • Q&A session scheduling coming soon

FY 2022 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition: Best Practices in Demonstrating Evidence

Pre-recorded webinar and live Q&A session about how to support a proposed program design with relevant high-quality data, studies, and/or evaluation reports. Applicable to new and recompeting applicants. Prior to attending the Q&A session, participants must watch the pre-recorded webinar and review the relevant sections of the 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity (Evidence section) and 2022 Mandatory Supplemental Information (Evidence Tier definitions).

FY 2022 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition: Best Practices in Budget Development

During this webinar, the Office of Grant Administration provides guidance about how to create a compliant grant budget for an AmeriCorps program. Participants are encouraged to review the Budget Instructions section of the Application Instructions.

  • Webinar scheduling coming soon

FY 2022 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition: Best Practices in Writing an Evaluation Plan

Pre-recorded webinar that provides an overview of how to develop an evaluation plan that meets AmeriCorps’ requirements for recompeting applicants. Key components of the plan are reviewed, and examples of best practices and common challenges are presented. 

  • Pre-recorded webinar coming soon

FY 2022 AmeriCorps State & National Grant Competition: Best Practices in Evaluation Reporting

Pre-recorded webinar explaining information to include in an evaluation report and how to organize and present it effectively. Applicable to recompeting applicants who are required to submit evaluation reports with their grant applications.

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Further information

Program Type
AmeriCorps State & National
Status
Open
CFDA number
94.006
Contact Email
americorpsgrants@cns.gov