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AmeriCorps Texas Planning Grant 2020-2021

AmeriCorps is a national service program designed to improve lives and foster civic engagement utilizing AmeriCorps Members in full- or part-time terms of service. Members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more.

This Notice is for AmeriCorps Texas Planning Grants. A planning grant provides financial support to organizations that will be developing an AmeriCorps program that will place AmeriCorps members in service solely within Texas. Grant recipients are awarded up to $75,000 for a 12-month planning period to start no earlier than September 1, 2020 and are expected to be better prepared to compete for an AmeriCorps program grant in the following grant cycle, 2021-2022. A planning grant will not be used to support AmeriCorps members.

Important Dates

Application Due

April 23, 2020

Applications are due in eGrants and additionally required documents are due via email to grants@onestarfoundation.org by 10:59:59 PM Central on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Hold for Clarifications

May 7 – 28, 2020

Upon review, an application may require clarification or correction. Individuals with knowledge of the application and ability to submit the application in eGrants must be available.

Notification of Selection

May 29, 2020

All applicants will be notified if they have been selected no later than 5:00 PM on May 29, 2020.

Budget Period

September 1, 2020

Applicants may propose a budget period start date of September 1, 2020 or later. The planning grant period is for 12 months.


Planning Grant Notice and Instructions 

Submission Requirements

Electronic Application Submission in eGrants
Applicants must submit applications electronically via eGrants, CNCS’s web-based system.

Submission of Additional Documents
Applicants are required to submit additional documents by the application submission deadline. Additional Documents must be emailed to grants@onestarfoundation.org.

Do not submit other items not requested in the Notice. OneStar will not review or return them.

Resources

Informational Sessions

OneStar will host an informational webinar session covering introductory information related to the AmeriCorps*Texas Planning Grant opportunity. Time will be allotted at the end of each session for participant questions. You must pre-register to attend the webinar of your choice by clicking on the date/time below. Attendance on the calls is encouraged but not required to submit an application. The call will be recorded; the recording and PowerPoint presentation will be available for download after the call. 

Contact Information

All communication relating to this Notice must be directed to the contact person named below. 

Kailee Selzer
Program Specialist
Email: kailee@onestarfoundation.org
Phone consultations available by appointment only. Email Kailee to schedule.

All emails and phone calls will be returned within a reasonable amount of time. Applicants are encouraged to submit their questions well in advance of the deadline as OneStar is not obligated to respond to questions that are received 48 hours prior to the due date.


AmeriCorps State 2020-2021

This Notice is for AmeriCorps*Texas (AmeriCorps State) grants. These grants are awarded to organizations that propose to place AmeriCorps members in service solely within Texas. Selected organizations will receive grants to support AmeriCorps member positions that engage members in service to meet critical needs in Texas.

Eligible applicants have the option of submitting in the fall of 2019 for Competitive funding consideration or submitting in the spring of 2020 for Formula funding consideration (see Mandatory Supplemental Guidance for definitions).

Competitive Funding Consideration
To be considered for Competitive funding, a Legal Applicant Organization must have successfully administered an AmeriCorps State grant through OneStar Foundation for at least one three-year project period. Additionally, the Legal Applicant Organization must meet all eligibility criteria as outlined in the Eligibility Information section of this Notice. An applicant that is being considered for Competitive funding will also be considered for Formula funding if they are unsuccessful in the National competition for Competitive funding.

Formula Funding Consideration
To be considered for Formula funding, a Legal Applicant Organization must meet all eligibility criteria as outlined in the Eligibility Information section of this Notice.

Continuation Funding Consideration
AmeriCorps State programs administering a 2019-2020 AmeriCorps State program through OneStar Foundation that are in the first or second year of their three-year project period are required to submit a Continuation application in order to continue operation for 2020-2021.

Important Dates

 

Competitive

Formula

Notice of Intent to Apply Form

October 17, 2019

All interested applicants are required to submit this Notice of Intent to Apply online form by 10:59:59 PM Central on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

February 17, 2020

All interested applicants are required to submit this Notice of Intent to Apply online form by10:59:59 PM Central on Monday, February 17, 2020.

Recompete/New Application Due in eGrants

November 11, 2019

Applications are due in eGrants and additionally required documents are due via email to grants@onestarfoundation.org by 10:59:59 PM Central on November 11, 2019.

March 9, 2020

Applications are due in eGrants and additionally required documents are due via email to grants@onestarfoundation.org by 10:59:59 PM Central on March 9, 2020.

Continuation Application Due in eGrants

November 11, 2019

Applications are due in eGrants and additionally required documents are due via email to grants@onestarfoundation.org by 10:59:59 PM Central on November 11, 2019.

April 13, 2020

Applications are due in eGrants and additionally required documents are due via email to grants@onestarfoundation.org by 10:59:59 PM Central on April 13, 2020.

Notification of Selection

May 1, 2020

May 29, 2020

Budget Period Start Date

August 1, 2020

Successful applicants may not propose a budget period start date earlier than August 1, 2020.

August 1, 2020 or September 1, 2020

Applicants that do not have prior history administering an AmeriCorps State program through OneStar may not propose a budget period start date prior to September 1, 2020.

Member Term of Service Start Date

August 10, 2020

Applicants may not propose an AmeriCorps Member term of service start date earlier than August 10, 2020 without special written approval from OneStar.

August 10, 2020

Applicants may not propose an AmeriCorps Member term of service start date earlier than August 10, 2020 without special written approval from OneStar.

Failure to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply Form will render a New/Recompete applicant ineligible to submit a full application.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Notice of Intent to Apply Form

Application Materials

Application materials are made available from documents provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). If CNCS makes any updates to their materials, OneStar documents will also be updated and reposted with the date that the update was made.

Submission Requirements

Electronic Application Submission in eGrants (https://egrants.cns.gov/).
Applicants must submit applications electronically via eGrants, CNCS’s web-based system.

Submission of Additional Documents
Applicants are required to submit additional documents by the application submission deadline. Additional Documents must be emailed to grants@onestarfoundation.org. See Submission of Additional Documents section of the Notice.

Do not submit other items not requested in the Notice or Application Instructions.
OneStar will not review or return them.

Resources

CNCS Resources

Informational Sessions

OneStar will host a series of informational webinar sessions covering a variety of introductory information related to managing an AmeriCorps program. A copy of each session’s presentation will be available on this website at the conclusion of the session as well as the audio recording. Time will be allotted at the end of each session for participant questions. You must pre-register to attend the webinar of your choice by clicking on the date/time below. Attendance on the calls is encouraged but not required to submit an application.

AmeriCorps National Direct Consultation

OneStar is pleased to welcome National programs looking to place AmeriCorps members in Texas as part of their AmeriCorps National Direct application to CNCS.

To comply with the National Consultation process, OneStar Foundation requests that all National Direct applicants looking to place members in Texas submit the Consultation Form. Following notification of selection, we ask that you follow-up to let us know if your program has been selected for a 2020-2021 AmeriCorps program, how many members will be placed in Texas and the cities where they will be placed. OneStar will include any applicable staff members (local or national as requested) on our Newsletter distribution list and they will be invited to all Commission sponsored events (ex: Swearing in Ceremony, New AmeriCorps Staff Orientation, AmeriCorps Grantee Meeting, etc.).

For additional information on National Consultation, please visit OneStar’s AmeriCorps National page here.

Contact Information

All communication relating to this notice must be directed to the contact persons named below.

Taylor Wolter
OneStar Foundation
Email: taylor@onestarfoundation.org
Phone consultations available by appointment only. Email Taylor to schedule.

Communication related to this application shall be directed to the contact persons named above. All emails and phone calls will be returned within a reasonable amount of time. Applicants are encouraged to submit their questions well in advance of the application deadline as OneStar is not obligated to respond to questions that are received 48 hours prior to the due date.


To view past AmeriCorps*State funding opportunities, click here.