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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

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
Volunteerism and its Influence on Employee Engagement

Resources

Click the image to download a PDF.

Sample Volunteer Job Description

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Developing New Volunteer Opportunities

Staff Assessment of a Volunteer Program

Assessment of Volunteer Programs (Staff)

Assessment of Volunteer Programs (Admin)

Volunteer Assessment

Assessment of Volunteer Programs (Volunteer)

Volunteer Assessment

Motivational Analysis Quiz

Engaging Underrepresented Populations Toolkits

Reasons to Recruit Senior Volunteers
Reasons to Recruit Youth Volunteers
Reasons to Recruit Family Volunteers
Reasons to Recruit Ethnic Minority & Refugee Volunteers
Supporting Family Volunteering
Supporting Senior Volunteering
Why Should I Volunteer With My Family?
Why Should Youth Volunteer?
Why Should Ethnic Minorities & Refugees Volunteer?
Why Should Seniors Volunteer?
Self-Assessment Tool for Engaging Underrepresented Populations in Volunteerism
Obstacles & Solutions: Youth Volunteering
Obstacles & Solutions: Rural Volunteering
Obstacles & Solutions: Ethnic Minority & Refugee Volunteering

General Toolkits

Utah: A Culture of Volunteerism
Starting your own Service Project
Advocating for Volunteer Management
National Preparedness Month Presentation (PowerPoint presentation)
Volunteering your Business Skills at a Nonprofit
Toolkit for Program Sustainability
Engaging Youth Volunteers
Degrees for the Greater Good, How Training & Education Can Prepare You for Nonprofit Careers & Skills-Based Volunteerism

Employee Engagement Toolkits

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
Volunteerism and its Influence on Employee Engagement

National Days of Service and Organized Service Project Toolkits

MLK Day Funding Guide
MLK Day Toolkit
Self Organizing MLK Day Project Ideas
Communicating through Digital and Social Media
Recruiting Boomers and Seniors for Volunteer Projects
Retaining Boomer Volunteers
Volunteer Recruiting
Tips for Retaining Volunteers
Retaining Student Volunteers

Youth and Families Service Toolkits

Youth Service Project Ideas
Family Service Guide

Engaging Youth in Service
GYSD Project Planning Toolkit
GYSD General Project Press Template (Word document)
55 Environmental Service Projects
Template Letter to State Farm Agents (Word document)

Disaster Services Toolkits

How to Prepare Your Home
How to Donate Responsibly
How to Do the Greatest Good in a Disaster
55 Ways to Re-Purpose Material Donations

Research

Research shows that volunteerism can make you happier, more fulfilled and make your community stronger. Want to see the research on why you should volunteer? Here’s some:

Webinar Resources

Utah’s Opioid Crisis: An Analysis of the Landscape, Cicero Social Impact

Outside Websites

National Service-Learning Clearinghouse

National Service Knowledge Network

How Volunteering Can Help You Get a Job

Volunteering Can Help Your Career

Foundation Center Annual Report

The Community Foundation of Utah

Value of Volunteer Time

A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family and Community Connections on Student Achievement

Parent Involvement in Schools

Connecting Youth and Strengthening Communities

http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/volunteer-and-nonprofit-careers/

PDF Resources on Volunteer Management

Managing Volunteers: Balancing Risk and Reward

UPS Volunteer Resource Management

Adult Volunteerism Outcomes

Family Volunteering

How Volunteerism Shapes Professional Success

Is Volunteering Rewarding In Itself?

Managing Spontaneous Volunteers

Measuring Volunteerism

Skilled Based Volunteerism by Occupation

PDF Resources on AmeriCorps Service

Effects of AmeriCorps on Participant Readiness

AmeriCorps Service: Personal and Professional Boost

PDF Resources on Disaster Service

Concept of Volunteers Evolving

Please do not send your old shoes

Disaster Volunteers Curb Your Enthusiasm

 

Post Volunteer Opportunities

We’re excited to introduce a new online resource for finding and posting volunteer opportunities!

UServeUtah is partnering with JustServe to connect you to volunteers in your community so you can make a difference wherever you are and however your organization serves. We are excited to team up with nonprofit, faith, and government organizations nationwide to post volunteer needs and opportunities to serve.

Using JustServe

Whether you need volunteers to help at a one-time event or to fulfill an ongoing need, JustServe can help! To post a volunteer opportunity, scroll down to the bottom of the page on JustServe.org and click on “Submit a Project.” Once you submit your volunteer opportunity, it will be sent to the JustServe committee for consideration and approval.

Grants

UServeUtah administers Utah AmeriCorps programs grants. Grant funds are usually for nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, government agencies and schools. Grants are usually meant to be used as “seed money” to enhance the capacity of your organization in creating vibrant productive communities with active, engaged citizens.

We look forward to working with you as you strengthen Utah communities through the power of service and volunteerism!

AmeriCorps Program Grant

AmeriCorps Utah logoThe Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism accepts applications for the operation of Utah States 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 of 2018. The application process will be explained in detail in mandatory AmeriCorps Funding Technical Assistance Meetings. Those interested in applying must attend one meeting. Further information is available on our AmeriCorps Grant Overview page and the 2018 RFP page.

Volunteer Management Training

Learn effective volunteer management and retention practices.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
In this 12-hour professional development course, trainees participate in review of the structure of a successful volunteer management program. The course is based on best practices from the International Council for Volunteer Administration. Learn More

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE
In this 9-hour course, participants dive into 6 key leverage points to efficiently run a volunteer management program. Participating organizations are eligible for a Credential Badge from the Utah Nonprofits Association upon submitting 10 evidence items of implementation. Learn More


Upcoming Trainings


Two-Session Museums Volunteer Management Training
November 29 & December 13 | Location: TBD, 9am-3pm
*Registration will open at a later date


Volunteer Management Training, December 5 – 6, 9am-4pm | Utah County
Mountainland Applied Technology College – Thanksgiving Point Campus
$75 early bird pricing until November 5th,  $100 after November 5th
Register


About our Professional Development Volunteer Management Training

Utah has led the nation in volunteerism for 11 consecutive years. This abundant resource of human capital is a unique and powerful asset in our state that can address critical community needs such as literacy, unemployment, homelessness, healthcare access, and environmental conservation. 

The challenge we face is not a lack of interest in volunteering but a lack of capacity in much of our volunteer infrastructure. Volunteers are often inefficiently managed by the organizations who utilize them. Furthermore, many nonprofit and local government volunteer managers aren’t given the tools necessary to effectively engage and retain volunteers. 

UServeUtah’s Volunteer Management Training was created as a resource for organizations to more effectively and efficiently engage volunteers. Based on international best practice research, this 6-module training walks participants through foundational principles like developing volunteer job descriptions, recruitment, interviewing, placement, orientation & training, retention, and evaluation.

Upon completion of the program, coordinators have the necessary skills to:

  1. Assess volunteer needs and match those needs with the strategic goals of the organization.
  2. Develop relevant, competency-based volunteer roles and opportunities that attract and retain high caliber volunteers to address critical social needs in their communities.

In 2016, seven volunteer management trainings were held across the state from Ogden to St. George–including a customized version for Museum Managers developed in partnership with the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. Over 140 organizations were trained, including nonprofits, foundations, higher education institutions, and local government. 94% of participants reported an increase in both knowledge and skills after attending the training. Additionally, in a survey administered several months after training, over 70% of trained organizations implemented at least 8 of the 13-volunteer management best practices taught in the course. 

2016 attendee comments: 

  • I wish I had known of a training like this when I first started managing volunteers!
  • Our volunteer program looks completely different than it did before I did this training.
  • I had a wonderful time and felt that I got a lot out of my time here. Thank you very much. I will definitely recommend this course!

For more information, please contact Jacob Johnson at jacobjohnson@utah.gov or (801) 245-7289.

Trainings

A primary aim of the Commission is to help organizations effectively use service and volunteerism as a strategy to fulfill their mission and to address critical community problems. UServeUtah does this by providing successful statewide trainings that ensure organizations are prepared to use volunteers effectively.

View our calendar for all upcoming trainings.

Volunteer Management Training

Volunteers are the heart of many nonprofits and are often vital to an organization’s success, but many volunteer managers are not given the tools necessary. UServeUtah’s Volunteer Management Training will help you manage your volunteers in a way that brings out the best in them. Attendees will be trained on the “how to” of effective volunteer management including recruiting, interviewing, training, motivating, and recognizing volunteers.

Spontaneous Volunteer Management Training

The purpose of the Spontaneous Volunteer Management Training is to provide local municipalities with best practices and materials, in order to prepare local communities to handle the management of spontaneous or unaffiliated volunteers in times of disasters (SVM). This training will also allow local municipalities the opportunity to self identify with the state those individuals that are prepared to manage spontaneous volunteers if a larger event were to occur where their skill sets could be called upon.

Donations Management Training

Coming soon! Training designed to provide best practices to local municipalities on the effective handling of donations in relation to donations management (DMT) in times of disasters.

Utah AmeriCorps Grant Application Overview

AmeriCorps Utah logoPurpose 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.

Eligible Applicants
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.

Grant Award(s)
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 Award
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 Award
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.

Process

UServeUtah accepts new and continuing applications for formula funding in the spring of each year and uses a multi-step application process which includes:
Applicant must

  • 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.

Spontaneous Volunteer Management Trainings

Volunteers can play a significant role in helping to rebuild lives and communities. It is important that volunteers are given meaningful and constructive opportunities to serve, while not overwhelming the affected community during the response and recovery. UServeUtah works to help local jurisdictions plan for coordination of spontaneous and unaffiliated volunteers during disaster recovery efforts.

UPCOMING TRAINING

WHEN: October 25, 2018
WHERE: Sevier County EMS, 50 Westview Drive, Richfield UT
ABOUT: Participants will have the opportunity to purchase a Spontaneous Volunteer Management Go-Kit that will contain all the materials necessary to initially stage a Volunteer Coordination Center. Supplies are limited. Participants will also become eligible to receive a FEMA certificate.
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About the Course

Volunteers—sometimes hundreds, sometimes thousands—show up to help after a disaster, bringing skills, energy and compassion to the relief effort. Unmanaged, these volunteers can become “the disaster within the disaster.” These trainings seek to help local communities plan for the coordination of spontaneous and unaffiliated volunteers during disaster recovery efforts.

Trainings will provide local muncapture4icipalities with best practices and materials, in order to prepare their communities to handle the management of spontaneous or unaffiliated volunteers in times of disasters. These trainings will also allow local municipalities the opportunity to self identify with the state, those individuals that are prepared to manage spontaneous volunteers if a larger event were to occur where their skill sets could be called upon.

Each municipality in attendance will receive a “Go-Kit” that will contain all the materials necessary to initially stage a Volunteer Coordination/Reception Center or VCC. Local municipalities including towns, cities, and counties should identify key players to serve as VCC Managers as well as VCC team members. Each municipality should send three to five individuals; one of those members needs to be an Emergency Manager or their designee. It is highly recommended that the emergency manager or at least one individual who attends be familiar with the National Information Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) as well as the local emergency plan in order to provide context to the other individuals in attendance from a specific locality. The training materials have recently been revised and should greatly enhance the learning experience.

At the completion of this training, local municipalities will:

  • Learn best practices and materials to handle the management of spontaneous or unaffiliated volunteers in times of disasters (SVM).
  • Self identify with the state that they are prepared to manage spontaneous volunteers if a larger event were to occur where their skill sets could be called upon.
  • Receive a “Go-Kit” that will contain all the materials necessary to initially stage a Volunteer Coordination Center (VCC).
  • Have learned the benefits and challenges associated with management of spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteers.
  • Have the tools necessary to complete a spontaneous volunteer management plan for their municipality.

For more information or to be put on a waiting list for future Spontaneous Volunteer Management Trainings, contact Jacob Johnson at jacobjohnson@utah.gov. These trainings are being conducted in coordination with DEM and the Utah Volunteer and Donations Coordination team (VDCT).