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New York State AmeriCorps 2021 Competitive Pool

Grants to New York Nonprofits, IHEs, and Agencies
for Volunteer Programs to Assist Local Communities

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New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and New York State Commission on National and Community Service (CNCS)

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11/24/20 4:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to New York nonprofits, IHEs, state and local agencies, and Tribes for programs that utilize volunteers to meet critical community needs through civic engagement and volunteer efforts. Funding is intended to support volunteer services in the areas of economy, environment, COVID-19 community recovery, advancing racial equality, and more.

The Commission anticipates that the Corporation will be highly selective in choosing the awardees for 2021-2022 AmeriCorps Competitive funding. To maximize the impact of the public investment in national service, the Commision will recommend applications for funding that demonstrate community impact and the ability to solve community problems using an evidence-based or evidence-informed approach (e.g., performance data, research, Theory of Change).

Awards made under this RFP have two components:

  1. Operating funds; and
  2. AmeriCorps member positions

Focus areas include the following:

  1. Disaster services
  2. Economic opportunity
  3. Education
  4. Environmental stewardship
  5. Healthy futures
  6. Veterans and military families

CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in the following areas:

  • Efforts to help local communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Programs that actively engage in removing structural racial inequities, advancing racial equality, and increasing opportunity in order to achieve sustainable change in communities.
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education
  • Healthy Futures
  • Evidence-based interventions on the CNCS Evidence Exchange that are assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence.
  • Veterans and Military Families
  • Rural intermediaries
  • Faith-based organizations.
  • Programs that reduce child poverty.
  • Environmental stewardship.
  • Economic Mobility Corps.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 137645

Term of Contract:

Awards in response to this RFP for new or recompeting grants will result in multi-year contracts for a term of no more than thirty-nine (39) months from the contract start date, which consists of three (3) 15-month contract periods. In approving a multiyear project, the Corporation will approve initial funding for the first 15-month contract period. Continuation funding is not guaranteed.

Anticipated Contract Start Date: No earlier than 8/1/2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

New York State AmeriCorps grants are awarded to public or private nonprofit organizations including, but not limited to, faith-based, other community organizations, institutions of higher education, state agencies or other non-federal governmental entities within states or territories (e.g., cities, counties), Native American tribes, labor organizations, partnerships and consortia, and intermediaries that will operate solely in New York State.

The following items cannot be included as OCFS-funded costs within the project budget:
- Major capital expenditures such as acquisition, construction or structural renovation of facilities;
- Interest costs, including costs incurred to borrow funds;
- Costs for preparation of continuation agreements and other proposal development costs;
- Costs of organized fundraising;
- Legal fees to represent agency/staff;
- Advertising costs, except for recruitment of project personnel, program outreach, and recruitment of participants;
- Entertainment costs, including social activities for program and staff, unless directly associated with the project; and
- Costs for dues, attendance at conferences, or meetings of professional organizations, unless membership or attendance is necessary or beneficial in connection with the project.

New York State governmental entities, not including local governmental entities, applying for AmeriCorps funding may not budget for personal service costs.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Two (2) Informational sessions will be held on 11/4/2020. Please use the following access information to participate:

Programmatic and Evidence Info Session, 11/4/2020 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time

Call in Number: (844) 633-8697
Participant Code: 171 234 5387
Password: AmeriCorps2021

Technical Information Meeting Session, 11/4/2020 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Call in Number: (844) 633-8697
Participant Code: 171 234 5387
Password: AmeriCorps2021

Pre-Application Information:

Calendar of Events:
- Issuance of Request for Proposals: 10/27/2020
- Programmatic and Evidence Informational Meeting Session (optional): 11/4/2020 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time
- Technical Informational Meeting Session (optional): 11/4/2020 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
- Deadline for Submission of Written Questions: 11/5/2020 by 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
- Responses to Written Questions Posted: On or about 11/13/2020
- Recommended Deadline to Prequalify in the Grants Gateway: 11/17/2020
- Deadline for Submission of Proposals in eGrants: 11/24/2020 by 4:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Deadline for Submission of New York State Supporting Documents: 11/24/2020 by 4:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Deadline for Submission of Proof of SAM registration and additional documents required by CNCS: 1/5/2021
by 4:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Anticipated Notification of Award: No earlier than mid-May 2021
- Anticipated Contract Start Date: No earlier than 8/1/2021

All communications to report errors or omissions in the procurement process or to ask questions or to request clarification of this RFP should cite the particular RFP section and paragraph number and must be submitted via email no later than the deadline for submission of written questions. Questions received after the deadline for submission of written questions may not be answered. The comprehensive list of questions and responses will be posted in the solicitation announcement in the New York State Grants Gateway System, on the OCFS
website, the Contract Reporter website, and the Commission website.

- Not-for-profit applicants are strongly encouraged to prequalify in the Grants Gateway by the date specified in the Calendar of Events, and must prequalify by the deadline for submission of proposals in eGrants.
- Government entities are not required to prequalify in the Grants Gateway, but must register in order to submit an application.
- Applicants submitting continuation requests are not required to be prequalified in the New York State Grants Gateway on the application deadline. However, prequalification will still be required at the time of contract.

All proposals must be submitted electronically through the Corporation’s web-based system, eGrants. The Commission recommends that applicants create an eGrants account and begin the application creation process as soon as possible.

All applications must include a DUNS number, an Employer Identification Number, registered with SAM, and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete.

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

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All inquiries concerning this procurement must be addressed to the director of contracts in the RFP unit or their designee(s) at OCFS, via email (preferred) to via hard copy mailed to:

Director of Contracts
Questions for RFP# 1061 NYS AmeriCorps 2021 Competitive Pool
Office of Children and Family Services
52 Washington Street
Room 202S – RFP Unit
Rensselaer, NY 12144

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP # 1061

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