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2013/2014 Funding Cycle Timeline

2013/2014 Funding Cycle Timeline

  • RFP Notification Info to stakeholders — Friday, August 31, 2012
  • RFP Outreach Workshops – Statewide — September 24, 2012 – October 5, 2012
  • Letter of Intent/Concept Paper to Commission  — Friday November 9, 2012 5:00 PM
  • Review Period — November 13, 2012 – November 30, 2012
  • Written Feedback/Notifications of applicant selected — December 2012
  • Applications selected for National Competition submitted via eGrants — January 2, 2013
  • Formula Review for submitted applications — June, 2013
  • Final Decision Letters to Applicants — June 28, 2013
  • Program begin operations — Fall 2013

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Notice of Funding Availability

2013 AmeriCorps Funding Opportunity

The Utah Commission on Volunteers will be accepting applications for the operation of Utah State*AmeriCorps programs. AmeriCorps provides support to nonprofits, community organizations, and public agencies committed to addressing critical issues in areas such as education, public safety, health, economic opportunity, the environment and other human needs. Grantees and sponsoring organizations are responsible for recruiting, selecting, and managing members. Program operation will begin in fall 2013.

 

The application process will be explained in detail in mandatory AmeriCorps Funding Technical Assistance Meetings. Those interested in applying must attend one meeting:

September 24, 2012 – 1:00 – 4:00 @ Utah State Library, 250 North, 1950 West, Salt Lake City, UT

September 25, 2012 – 1:00 – 4:00 @ Weber County Library Auditorium, 2464 Jefferson Ave., Ogden, UT

October 3, 2012 – 1:00 – 4:00 @ Alpine District Offices: Professional Development Center, RM 315, 575 N 100 E, American Fork, Utah

October 4, 2012 – 1:00 – 4:00 @ SE Utah AOG, 375 S Carbon Ave., Price, Utah

October 5 – 1:00 – 4:00 @ Five County AOG: 1070 West 1600 South Building B; St. George, Utah

To reserve a space please contact LaDawn Stoddard @ldstoddard@utah.gov.

 

RFP Training and Guidance Presentation

 

Instructions for submitting the General Assessment Questionnaire
This certification is to assure the Utah Commission on Volunteers, that the contracted agency has adequate administrative procedures in place to ensure that funds disbursed by the Utah Commission on Volunteers will be safeguarded as required by federal regulations.  The Utah Commission on Volunteers reserves the right to conduct on-site monitoring of contracted service providers as it deems necessary.

      • Please complete all questions on the form.
      • The General Assessment Questionnaire must be submitted in electronic format by e-mail toldstoddard@utah.gov by November 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm.
      • Include copies of the following documents:
        • Organizational Chart
        • Resumes and position descriptions for all grant and fiscal management staff to contribute to the AmeriCorps program
        • Financial policies and procedures
        • Confirmation of insurance coverage
        • Most recent audited financial statements

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Governor Calls for More Tutors in Schools

Governor Gary Herbert and the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism announced on Thursday August 29, 2013 a grant the Utah Commission on Service & Volunteerism received to support the Read. Graduate. Succeed. Program, an innovative project focused on improving the education of students across the state.

Register to Volunteer

The grant will allocate $1.2 million to a coalition made up of The Utah AmeriCorps Literacy Initiative, United Way, and other local partners. This coalition has come together to develop this program, which focuses on the goals of the Governor’s “On Pace 66% by 2020” initiative.  The program will provide 165 AmeriCorps members placed in schools, who will leverage at least 5,500 volunteers to support a projected 8,000 students in a cradle-to-career pipeline of literacy tutoring, mentoring, and academic support; ensuring that those elementary students are reading on grade level and participating junior high and high school students have a clear pathway to on-time high school graduation.

Corporate partners Questar and the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, as well as Prosperity 2020, participated in echoing the call for businesses in Utah to support the program by providing employee volunteers.

Volunteers are needed now in local Utah schools. Visit readtoday.com/volunteer to register as a volunteer.

For a promotional video to share with your employees, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXKiRwZc3hI or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_Qa5OduGek.

This video (http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=18823112) shows how students and tutors are benefiting from reading together.

AmeriCorps Program Director Resources

The Program Directors Handbook is instrumental in carrying out a successful and effective grant program. All program directors are required to read this handbook on an annual basis.

Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – National Service

Chapter 3 – Getting Started

Chapter 4 – Member Supervision

Chapter 5 – Managing the Program

Chapter 6 – Program Monitoring

Additional Forms and Documents

3/1 Certification of Sub-grant Closeout Form
Access AmeriCorps Checklist
Federal Standard Form 269A
Fiscal Monitoring Tool
Member File Checklist
Operational Monitoring Guide
Pre-Contract Checklist 13-14
Progress Report Template
Reasonable Accommodation Request Form
Site Accessibility Survey
Risk Assessment Review Form
Corporation Funding Compliance Agreement
Financial Income Report RFR
Request for Reimbursement Spreadsheet
Criminal History Check Requirements

Program Monitoring and Compliance Links

eGrants (Federal Member Management System)
IPT (Member Tracking System)
Program Director Wiki (by invitation only)
WebGrants (Grant Fiscal Compliance System)
AmeriCorps General Provisions (Legal provisions for program)

Volunteer Recognition

The Commission seeks to build and cultivate capacity in the volunteer and service community by recognizing volunteer leaders and inspiring statewide volunteerism through collaboration. Outstanding volunteers are recognized annually through the Lt. Governors Volunteer Awards events. Utah non-profits also have an opportunity to recognize dedicated volunteers through the UServeUtah Volunteer Recognition Certificate program.

 

The On-Going Volunteer Recognition Certificate Program:
LtGovernorsCertificateThe Lt. Governor’s Volunteer Recognition Certificate program is an opportunity for nonprofit, faith-based, corporate and government agencies to recognize the on-going volunteer efforts their own agencies with a certificate signed by the Lieutenant Governor.

 

 

Utah Philanthropy Day:
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This year, UServeUtah forged a new partnership with The Utah Philanthropy Day Planning Committee Utah’s Philanthropy Day, which is currently hosted by Utah Nonprofits Association (UNA) and the Utah Society of Fundraisers (USFR), is led by a committee of nonprofit, business, and government leaders.

Each November since 1999, the Utah Society of Fund Raisers and the Utah Nonprofits Association have celebrated Utah’s outstanding philanthropists and volunteer leaders at the annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon. Moving forward, Utah Philanthropy Day will honor award recipients for the Governor’s Lifetime Achievement award and the Lieutenant Governor’s Civic Engagement award.

This year Philanthropy Day will present the winners of these awards to an audience of over 700 at the annual luncheon in early November at Little America in Salt Lake.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award:
PresidentsAwardThe President’s Volunteer Service Award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging United States citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States through presidential recognition to live a life of service. Please use Service Key VFT – 30534 to have your hours certified through the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism.

 

AmeriCorps

This year AmeriCorps, the Domestic Peace Corps, will engage more than 80,000 Americans nationwide in intensive, results-driven service in the areas of education, healthy futures, environmental stewardship, disaster services, economic opportunity and veterans and military families. The Commission currently manages 5 programs operating throughout the state with over 1000 members. These members mobilize more than 45,000 volunteers (up from 13,000 in 2010) who tutor and mentor youth, connect under-served populations to health care resources and provide healthcare services to those populations, clean and tend parks and streams, teach environmental stewardship, and operate after school programs. These volunteers gave over 266,000 hours of service with an estimated value of over $4.8 million dollars in 2011.

UServeUtah is designated as the state service commission and administers the AmeriCorps national service portfolio in Utah. UServeUtah works with other National Service programs to provide Utahns of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to strengthen their communities through service.  Through its programs, National Service provides opportunities for Americans to make an ongoing, intensive commitment to service.  National Service Programs Include:

Through its programs, The Corporation for National and Community Service provides opportunities for Americans to make an ongoing, intensive commitment to service.

AMERICORPSsometimes referred to as “the domestic Peace Corps,” engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in results-driven service.  AmeriCorps programs offer full and part-time opportunities for members to serve in their communities through local organizations and agencies.

AmeriCorps*State and National: AmeriCorps supports a broad range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive service to meet critical community needs. UServeUtah administers the AmeriCorps program in Utah. More than three-quarters of AmeriCorps grant funding goes to Governor-appointed state service commissions, such as UServeUtah, which in turn awards and monitor grants to hundreds of nonprofit groups and agencies. The other quarter goes to national nonprofits that operate in more than one state. For further information and/or application materials, please contant UServeUtah at 1-888-755-UTAH (8824).

UServeUtah administers the AmeriCorps*State National Service Portfolio in Utah.  These programs recruit members for a variety of projects in various locations around the state. The AmeriCorps commitment is for up to one year, but varies depending on the program.

AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance or stipend, health coverage, and child care assistance for those who qualify. Participants are also eligible for an educational award of up to $5,645 at the end of their term of service (the actual award amount varies depending on the number of hours served). This award can be used for tuition or past educational loans. The Eli Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is distributed through the national trust. For more information on the education award, visit edaward.org

Each program is responsible for recruiting their own members and each program has its own application process and timeline.

UServeUtah works with other national service programs to provide Utahns a variety of opportunities to strengthen their communities through service.

AmeriCorps*VISTA : For more than 40 years VISTA has provided full-time members to opportunity to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty.  To apply for an AmeriCorps*VISTA grant, please contact the Corporation for National and Community Service Utah State Office at (801) 524-5411.

AmeriCorps*NCCC: The AmeriCorps*National Civilian Community Corps is a full-time residential program for men and women aged 18-24 that strengthens communities while developing leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. The AmeriCorps*NCCC Pacific Region Campus based in Sacramento accepts applications from nonprofit and public agencies to host an AmeriCorps*NCCC team (typically 10-12 members) for 6-8 weeks to assist with high-impact, but short-term projects. For further information and/or application materials, click here.

SENIOR CORPS, offers a network of programs that tap the rich experience, skills and talents of older citizens to meet community challenges. To learn more about Senior Corps and how your organization may be able to partner, contact the Corporation for National and Community Service Utah State Office at (801) 524-5411.

  • Foster Grandparents: Connects volunteers age 60 and over with children and young people with exceptional needs.
  • Senior Companion Program: Brings together volunteers age 60 and over with adults in their community who have difficulty with the simple tasks of day-to-day living.
  • RSVP: offers “one stop shopping” for all volunteers 55 and over who want to find challenging, rewarding, and significant service opportunities in their local communities.

 

Other AmeriCorps Resources

Eli Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Information (external link)

Program Director Resources

Grant Application Overview