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AmeriCorps Grant Application Info

2018/2019 Funding Cycle TimelineAmeriCorps Utah logo

 

  • RFP notification info to stakeholders — February 7, 2018
  • RFP outreach workshops — statewide — March 19 – March 30, 2018
  • Submit notice of intent to apply by email to Corynn Benoit at cbenoit@utah.gov — April 13, 2018
  • Submit formula concept paper by email to Corynn Benoit at cbenoit@utah.gov — May 6, 2018, by 5:00 p.m. (MST)
  • Formula review for submitted applications — May 11, 2018 – June 13, 2018
  • Final decision letters to applicants — June 14, 2018
  • Successful applicants complete full online application — June 20, 2018
  • Selected programs begin operations — Late Summer/Early Fall 2018

2018 AmeriCorps Funding Opportunity

UServeUtah, the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism, 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. New programs selected through this process will begin operation in the fall of 2018.

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

March 19 – Provo, UT
1:00 – 4:00 PM @ Provo City Library Rm 309, 550 North University Ave.

March 22- Salt Lake City, UT
1:00 – 4:00 PM @ Utah State Library Rm 219, 250 North 1950 West

March 28 – Ogden, UT
1:00 – 4:00 PM @ Pleasant Valley Branch Boardroom, Weber County Library,
5568 South 500 East

March 30 – Webinar – If Needed
1:00 – 4:00 PM
RSVP for Webinar information

To reserve a space for any these meetings, please contact Corynn Benoit at cbenoit@utah.gov.

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Instructions for submitting the General Assessment Questionnaire
Organizations and agencies that have not previously received AmeriCorps grant funding from UServeUtah must complete the General Assessment Questionnaire. This certification is to assure UServeUtah that the contracted agency has adequate administrative procedures in place to ensure that funds disbursed by UServeUtah will be safeguarded as required by federal regulations. UServeUtah 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 to Corynn Benoit at cbenoit@utah.gov by May 6, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. (MST).
    • 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

Welcome Friends in Service

Dear Friends in Service,

It is inspiring to hear stories from all around the state of Utahns’ commitment and passion for serving their friends, families, neighbors, and communities. This spirit of service has earned Utah the #1 ranking in the nation for volunteerism and civic engagement for nine consecutive years! Volunteerism helps meet critical needs in Utah and provides significant economic and social value for our citizens and communities. Each year Utah volunteers dedicate millions of hours of service. Last year alone that service was estimated to be worth $3.5 billion.

The poet, Henry Longfellow said: “No man or woman is so poor as to have nothing worth giving.” This is the vitality of volunteering; it is something that anyone can do – no matter where they live, their age, income, religious or cultural affiliation. Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity that is open to all of us and there is a vast range of possibilities for volunteerism in Utah. I invite you to join with us as we focus on making a difference.

Yours in Service,

Lt. Governor Spencer Cox

Holiday Service Pledge Drive

Join UServeUtah’s Holiday Service Pledge Drive to commit to help meet community needs long after the holidays have passed.

Get Involved

Follow the simple steps below to participate in the Holiday Service Pledge Drive.

In 2017:

  1. Pledge to volunteer during 2018 by completing this Google Form. You decide how many hours to pledge and when you would like to serve, and UServeUtah will help you fulfill your commitment.
  2. If you wish to honor a loved one with your service, download and print a Certificate of Service to present to him or her as a gift.
  3. Share the Holiday Service Pledge Drive with your friends on Facebook. Copy and paste this page’s URL into a Facebook post or click the Facebook logo at the top of this page to announce on Facebook that you pledged. Please use #UTServicePledge.

In 2018:

  1. Receive a reminder via email to volunteer as well as some resources for finding a volunteer project.
  2. Choose a volunteer opportunity in your community!
  3. Share your service story at UServe.Utah.gov/service-story.

Why Should I Participate?

Giving the gift of time during the holidays is a hallmark of the season, but the need for kind hearts and an extra pair of helping hands is here all year long.

The goal of this campaign is to create an awareness that organizations are in need of volunteers throughout the year and to collect pledges from people who will provide service during the slower months of the year.

If you are interested in helping promote the Holiday Service Pledge Drive, please contact Kate Hulme at katelewis@utah.gov or (801) 245-7281.

Philanthropy Day Announces 2017 Award Honorees

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Philanthropy Day Steering Committee, chaired by Mike Washburn of Thanksgiving Point with honorary chair Davis Smith of Cotopaxi, is excited to announce the 2017 Utah Philanthropy Day honorees. Utah Philanthropy Day is hosted collaboratively by the Utah Nonprofits Association, Association for Fundraising Professionals Utah Chapter, and UServeUtah.
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Corporate Social Impact

Businesses in Utah are thriving, adding jobs and resources to the economy. Some companies have started Employee Volunteer Programs to further give back to the community. An Employee Volunteer Program (EVP) is an organized effort to motivate and encourage employees to volunteer their time and skills to the community. UServeUtah has compiled a few resources to help you develop your own EVP. We will continue to add to these resources in order to support your efforts in engaging employees in volunteerism.

Please take our survey of Utah companies and organizations about Employee Volunteer Programs.

Businesses with an employee volunteer program, please use this link.
Businesses without an employee volunteer program, please use the this link.

Employee Engagement Tools

How to Start an Employee Volunteer Program
How to Get Employees Engaged in Volunteer Work
The 7 Practices of Effective Employee Volunteer Programs
How to Pledge 1% of Employee Time
How to Pledge 1% of Product
Points of Light Resources for Companies