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In-Kind Grants of Volunteer Support to USA Nonprofits, Agencies,
Tribes, and Schools to Address Poverty and Related Problems

FY 2022 AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) Program

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AmeriCorps

Conf. Date:

05/05/22

Deadline Date:

06/01/22 5:00 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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In-kind grants of volunteer support to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, Tribes, and schools for projects that serve low-income communities and address problems related to poverty. Focus areas include racial equity; veterans and military families; Indian Country, rural communities, and areas of deep poverty; food security and access to healthcare; education, economic opportunity, and environmental stewardship.

Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) is a federal anti-poverty national service program designed to provide resources to nonprofit organizations and public agencies to address poverty and poverty-related problems in the United States.

Through this opportunity, AmeriCorps seeks concept papers for the AmeriCorps VISTA program from outcome-driven organizations that share the AmeriCorps VISTA mission.

AmeriCorps VISTA supports efforts to address poverty by providing opportunities for Americans, 18 years of age and older, from a diverse range of backgrounds, to dedicate a year of full-time service with a sponsoring organization (“sponsor”) on a project that will create or expand programs designed to empower individuals and communities in overcoming poverty.

An AmeriCorps VISTA project refers to a set of activities, as set forth in a project application, for which a federal award of VISTA resources is made. An AmeriCorps VISTA project is operated and overseen by, and the responsibility of, a sponsor. Projects are carried out by AmeriCorps VISTA members placed at project sites.

Programming Priorities/Priority Populations:

  • Economic Opportunity: Housing, Employment/Workforce Development, and Federal Benefit Access
  • Education: School Readiness and Learning Loss, K-12 Success, Career and Technical Evaluation (CTE), College Access and Success, and STEM, including remote learning in all areas
  • Healthy Futures: Food Security and Access to Health Care particularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and opioid crisis, to include mental health services
  • Veterans and Military Families: Economic Opportunity, Education, and Healthy Futures
  • Environmental Stewardship: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Building Community Resilience, and Conservation and Habitat Preservation
  • Priority Populations: Rural Communities, Indian Country, and areas of deep poverty.
  • Additional Priority Consideration: Projects that work in the above areas and populations that address issues of racial equity.

AmeriCorps VISTA members serve at sponsoring organizations for approximately 40 hours per week and address issues that have been locally identified as community priorities. The project goals and activities are designed to build the sponsor’s capacity to serve low-income communities. AmeriCorps provides a modest living allowance depending on the county in which the VISTA member serves, health benefits, and childcare benefits (if eligible). Members also receive either the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or an end-of-service cash stipend upon successful completion of their full year of service.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186610

Term of Contract:

The duration of projects varies, but typically lasts for three to four years. An AmeriCorps VISTA project may be continued on a year to year basis based upon available resources, performance, and AmeriCorps priorities.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations, Native American Tribes, public and/or nonprofit schools, and state and local government agencies are eligible to apply to be AmeriCorps VISTA sponsors. Sponsorship is not limited to nonprofit organizations designated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) specifically as 501(c)(3).

Nonprofits with other IRS-designated 501(c) statuses that focus on anti-poverty outcomes are eligible to apply.

Organizations that focus solely on advocacy or lobbying are not eligible.

Pre-proposal Conference:

2022 Request for Concept Papers
In this session, we will review what AmeriCorps VISTA is, what is can and can’t do for your organization, and how to begin the application process.
Live Call Dates and Time:
- Cycle 1: Thursday, September 30, 2021, 3:00-4:30 PM ET
- Cycle 2: Thursday, January 6, 2022, 3:00-4:30 PM ET
- Cycle 3: Thursday, February 24, 2022, 3:00-4:30 PM ET
- Cycle 4: Thursday, May 5, 2022, 3:00-4:30 PM ET
Register at https://americorps.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_IcpucSQrR0epXxVw9iOPmw

Please note that local AmeriCorps Regional Offices may conduct additional webinars. To email staff handling programming in your state, email the two-letter state abbreviation followed by @cns.gov (e.g., MD@cns.gov or CA@cns.gov).

Pre-Application Information:

Step 1: AmeriCorps VISTA Concept Paper: Organizations submit an AmeriCorps VISTA concept paper via eGrants. The concept paper is a preliminary screening tool that AmeriCorps uses to evaluate whether the organization would be an appropriate VISTA sponsor and if the proposed project meets core criteria.
Step 2: AmeriCorps VISTA Project Application: If the concept paper is accepted, the organization is invited to submit a full AmeriCorps VISTA Project Application, which includes additional narratives and performance measures.

Concept Paper Deadline
AmeriCorps will accept concept papers at four times during the fiscal year. The deadline for the current cycle is Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Review the Notice, for additional cycles and their corresponding deadlines.

VISTA Program Regulations: http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=760ef90e0dbf5e45c580420bc523bc3b&mc=true&node=pt45.4.2556&rgn=div5

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

If you are having technical difficulties with creating an account or preparing or submitting the Concept Paper in eGrants, please contact the AmeriCorps Hotline at (800)942-2677 or via Questions at https://questions.americorps.gov/app/ask.

For all other application questions, please contact VISTA@americorps.gov.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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