Purpose of AmeriCorps State Grants
The purpose is to maximize the power of service and volunteering to improve lives in communities across the country. In the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, Congress directed the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to focus national service in the following areas where service can make a major impact; (1) improving education, (2) energy conservation and the environment, (3) the health of all Americans, (4) economic opportunity for economically vulnerable individuals, (5) increasing service by and for veterans; (6) and providing disaster services.
For each of these priority areas, CNCS has identified specific objectives and, in many cases, standard performance measures that AmeriCorps programs must meet. For extensive information on CNCS funding goals, performance objectives, strategies, and priority measures, read the CNCS Strategic Plan.
The following entities are eligible to apply for, implement, and operate an AmeriCorps program in Utah: non-profit organizations; an institution of higher education; a state agency; a community or faith-based organization; government entities within the state including cities, counties, and municipalities; or a partnership of any of the above entities. All Utah AmeriCorps programs must operate solely in Utah, and all member service activities must take place in-state. Utah AmeriCorps programs are required to use at least 10 member service years, or the equivalent of 10 full-time AmeriCorps members.
The grant award spans a period of three years but is renewable annually subject to performance reviews, availability of federal funds and progress toward sustainability. Programs are funded to begin operations in fall of each year.
Types of Awards
Competitive funds are awarded by CNCS. In the fall of each year, UServeUtah selects programs from the current State Formula Portfolio for recommendation to CNCS for review in competition with proposals from all single- and multi-state applicants. The Corporation runs a Peer and Staff Review to make funding determinations. Current Formula-funded programs who are interested in applying for a Competitive award will submit a request to UServeUtah for recommendation. UServeUtah does not accept new applicants in the fall for the CNCS competitive process.
Formula funds are awarded to programs by UServeUtah. Formula funds are given to UServeUtah based on the federal allocation for AmeriCorps and Utah’s population, which is then “passed through” to programs in the Utah AmeriCorps Portfolio. The amount of funds available to award each year to new and re-applying programs depends federal allocation and the number of Formula-funded programs in continuation (year one or two of the three-year grant cycle). UServeUtah employs a Peer and Staff review to make funding determinations.
UServeUtah accepts new and continuing applications for formula funding in the spring of each year and uses a multi-step application process which includes:
- Attend a mandatory* Technical Assistance and Training Meeting (these are the only opportunities to receive the application)
- Submit a General Assessment Questionnaire
- Submit application based on app instructions
Applications then go through a
- Staff Review
- Full committee review
*The application process will be explained in detail at the mandatory AmeriCorps Funding Technical Assistance Meetings that are taking place in March 2018.
Technical Training Timeline and Locations
For more information about where and when AmeriCorps Funding Technical Assistance Meetings will take place and how to apply, visit our 2018 RFP Process, Timeline, and Locations page.