Planning And Program Development Grants
CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended.
Innovation grants support innovative demonstration service programs that build the ethic of service among Americans of all ages and backgrounds. These include the AmeriCorps Education Award Program, AmeriCorps Promise Fellows, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service grants, and Disability Outreach grants.
Types of Assistance
Uses and Use Restrictions
Varies by program. AmeriCorps Promise Fellows support community efforts to achieve the five goals for children and youth set at the Presidents' Summit on America's Future. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Grants support community-based service activities conducted to honor the ideals of Dr. King in conjunction with the federal holiday marking his birth. Disability outreach grants support efforts to increase the number of people with disabilities in national and community service.
State, local governments, and nonprofit organizations are eligible for demonstration grants. State commissions, national nonprofit organizations, and operating AmeriCorps programs are eligible for disability grants.
State and local governments and nonprofit organizations are beneficiaries of demonstration grants Persons with disabilities who are participants in AmeriCorps programs operated by State commissions, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, and governments are beneficiaries of disability grants.
Application and Award Process
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Described in the Notice of Funding Availability published in the Federal Register for each program.
The Corporation for National Service awards the grants.
Deadlines vary according to the program and are published in the Federal Register.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
There is a two to four month range.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Varies by program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Varies by program.
Post Assistance Requirements
Varies by program.
Audits are performed annually.
Records must be maintained as required by the individual grant.
(Grants) FY 07 $9,029,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported. (Total for all activities under Innovation Programs.)
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Demonstration grants generally range from $25,000 to $500,000. However, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service grants generally are for $5,000 or less.
Education Award Program grants supported more than 13,000 full-and part-time AmeriCorps members who served with national and community service groups in education, public safety, environmental, health and human service programs. The Disability Outreach initiative was initiated in fiscal year 2000 and the grants award process is still in process.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
For final guidelines, contact the headquarters office.
Regional or Local Office
A list of field offices is available in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Corporation for National Service, 1201 New York Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20525. Telephone: (202) 606-6715.
Web Site Address
94.002, Retired And Senior Volunteer Program
94.003, State Commissions
Examples of Funded Projects
In one innovative Education Award program, Frostburg State University in Maryland has a freshman dormatory hall where all residents participate on a part-time basis as AmeriCorps Education Award Program members, with the education award going to support their enrollment at Frostburg. These AmeriCorps HallSTAR members tutor in area schools, support community service agencies, and enroll in courses reinforcing the service-learning experience. More than 500 AmeriCorps Promise Fellows are spearheading community efforts to provide young people with the five fundamental resources identified at the Presidents' Summit for America's Future: caring adults in their lives as parents, mentors, tutors, and coaches; safe places with structured activities in which to learn and grow; a healthy start; an effective education that equips them with marketable skills; and an opportunity to give back to communities through service. In California, 22 Fellows serve on projects that promote increase use of health screening and immunization services in underserved areas, that expand the number of after-school programs, and that create job shadowing and community service activities for youth. In New York, 12 Fellows coordinate technology-based Family Learning Centers that train children to be peer tutors and enable students to achieve grade-level skills in reading and math. In Maryland, a Fellow is creating a national mentoring program for first-time juvenile offenders.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Varies by program. Specific criteria is published in the Federal Register through a Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) when appropriate. The Corporation is looking for high quality programs that have the potential to be replicated and which provide meaningful service activities for Americans of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.