AmeriCorps Education Presentation FY2011


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AmeriCorps State and National presentation providing important information about the Education focus area as a funding priority for 2011 grants

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AmeriCorps Education Presentation FY2011

  1. 1. AmeriCorps State and National FY2011
  2. 2. Agenda Speaker Introductions What is AmeriCorps? 2011 AmeriCorps Funding Priorities How to Apply for an AmeriCorps Grant Next Steps for You Additional Resources
  3. 3. What is AmeriCorps? Maximizes the power of service and volunteering to improve lives in communities across the country Provides grants to organizations to operate AmeriCorps programs that engage individuals in service as AmeriCorps members. Funds high-quality programs that are developed by an applicant who designs a set of activities that demonstrate an evidence-based approach to creating community impact and solving community problems.
  4. 4. AmeriCorps Members Individuals enrolled for an intensive term of service (300-1700 hours per year) in an AmeriCorps program U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States At least 17 years of age (no upper age limit) Not a volunteer or a staff person Receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for successful completion of a term of service Some AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance and are eligible for health and childcare benefits
  5. 5. AmeriCorps State and National Grant Funds Provide partial funding to support AmeriCorps programs Require recipients to contribute match funding Include an allotment of AmeriCorps member positions Are directly tied to a specific number of member positions Are solely for program-related expenses
  6. 6. AmeriCorps State and National Grant Funds are NOT Used to duplicate or supplant pre-existing activities, staff, or volunteers. For general organizational expenses. Enough to support all program-related expenses.
  7. 7. Benefits of an AmeriCorps Grant Expands the capacity of organizations to meet critical community needs Provides funds to support program administration, access to training and technical assistance resources, and entrance into a national network of organizations Allows organizations to recruit individuals from the community to serve as AmeriCorps members Community members who serve as AmeriCorps members gain skills, experience, and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to be used to further their education or repay student loans
  8. 8. Eligible Grant Applicants Non-profit organizations Institutions of higher education Government entities within states or territories Indian tribes Non-profit or higher education partnerships or consortia Intermediaries that provide support to organizations with limited organizational capacity are encouraged to apply
  9. 9. EDUCATION Environmental Stewardship Healthy Futures Economic Opportunity Disaster Services Veterans & Military Families 2011 Funding Priorities
  10. 10. Education Focus Area The Corporation seeks to fund research- and evidence-based programs that improve academic outcomes for young children, youth, and young adults by helping them:  Prepare for school  Perform at grade level  Graduate from high school ready for college, work and life  Succeed in college and university Emphasis on the lowest-performing schools
  11. 11. General Education Outcomes, including mentoring and tutoring Improved academic performance Improved school attendance Decreased disciplinary referrals and suspensions Decreased substance abuse, arrest, or gang involvement Increased graduation rates and GED acquisition Entrance into post-secondary institutions Attainment of a post-secondary degree
  12. 12. Teaching Outcomes Improved academic performance Individuals continuing to teach after their term of service Individuals remaining in the education field in a non- teaching role Impact on student learning Certification to teach after term of service
  13. 13. Early Childhood Outcomes Demonstrated gains in school readiness in terms of:  Social and emotional development  Literacy skills  Numeracy skills
  14. 14. Education Program Activities might include Providing counseling or programming that improves social and emotional development for young children Teaching or assisting teachers in the lowest-performing schools Tutoring, mentoring, or counseling students to improve academic achievement or classroom engagement. Increasing participation in post secondary enrollment options, early- college high school, and other alternative credit-accumulation strategies. Assisting economically disadvantaged students in navigating the college admissions process.
  15. 15. AmeriCorps State (single-state) Formula Competitive AmeriCorps National (multi-state) Indian Tribes Applying for an AmeriCorps Grant
  16. 16. How to Apply for an AmeriCorps Grant Organizations proposing to operate within one state only must apply through their State Service Commission. Commissions have two ways of awarding AmeriCorps funds:  Formula  Competitive State Service Commissions have earlier deadlines and may have additional requirements for applicants. Organizations proposing to operate in more than one state apply directly to the Corporation. Indian tribes may apply through their State Service Commission or directly to the Corporation. The Corporation sets aside 1% of competitive funding specifically for Indian Tribes.
  17. 17. Application Materials AmeriCorps Regulations: 45 Code of Federal Regulations Sections 2520-2550 ( are the rules governing AmeriCorps programs and includes important topics such as matching requirements and program management requirements. 2011 Notice of Funding Opportunity ( Outlines the available grant opportunities, maximum allowable program costs, funding priorities and other information pertinent to the year’s competitions. Application Instructions: Each section contains a description of the information that is to be addressed in that section of the application narrative. eGrants account: Applications are submitted via eGrants and applicants must create an account.
  18. 18. Next Steps for You Participate in the AmeriCorps State and National Outreach Call Series:  Introductory call: Provides specific information about the various types of AmeriCorps grants and the roles and responsibilities of an AmeriCorps grantee  Next Steps call: Reviews the materials needed to apply for a grant and discusses the application content selection criteria  Budget Calls: Reviews the components of an AmeriCorps budget and fiscal responsibility of an AmeriCorps grantee  Go to and search for AmeriCorps to register for an upcoming call or visit: Review this online presentation in lieu of the Intro Call:  AmeriCorps Grants 101 slide presentation:
  19. 19. Important Dates for 2011 Applicants Fall 2010 – State Service Commission deadlines vary, if you are a single-state program, contact your State Service Commission now! January 25, 2011 – Multi-State and Indian tribes applications due to CNCS June 2011 – Award Announcements
  20. 20. Resources to Assist Programs with the Application Process Click on: How to Apply / Eligibility Which takes you to: Link to State Competition information: Link to National Competition information: .asp Link to eGrants
  21. 21. Additional Resource
  22. 22. Getting Things Done for America