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Ameri Corps Grant Training Presentation

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Ameri Corps Grant Training Presentation

  1. 1. AmeriCorps Grant Training November 9, 2009
  2. 2. Time Line <ul><li>October 12, 2009 – Request for Proposals opened </li></ul><ul><li>October 30, 2009 – Intent to apply email due to KCCVS </li></ul><ul><li>December 1, 2009 – Proposals due to KCCVS </li></ul>
  3. 3. Time Line <ul><li>December 8-9, 2009 – Proposals reviewed and funding recommendations made by Commission </li></ul><ul><li>December 10-16, 2009 – Feedback returned to approved competitive applicants for revision </li></ul>
  4. 4. Time Line <ul><li>January 8, 2010 – Revised applications due to KCCVS </li></ul><ul><li>June 2010 – Corporation expects to announce grant results of this competition </li></ul>
  5. 5. AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations that identify an unmet need in their community that will be addressed by AmeriCorps members that the organization recruits, trains and manages.
  6. 6. Corporation Funding Priorities <ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Clean Energy/Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy Futures </li></ul><ul><li>Veterans </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity </li></ul>
  7. 7. Funds Available <ul><li>Expect approximately $363 million in funding will be available </li></ul><ul><li>At least 15% will support applicants that have not received an AmeriCorps grant in the last five years </li></ul><ul><li>Efforts will be made to allocate not less than 10% for encore service programs </li></ul>
  8. 8. Fixed Amount Grants Pilot <ul><li>Available to programs that enroll full time members only. </li></ul><ul><li>Approved applicants must agree to participate in evaluations the Corporation conducts to measure success of this pilot </li></ul>
  9. 9. Fixed Amount Grants Pilot <ul><li>Do not require the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Compliance with OMB Cost Principles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Detailed, line-item budgets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporation Federal Financial Reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Documentation of match </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Member Benefits <ul><li>Living Allowance for 2010/2011 - $11,800 minimum and $23,600 maximum </li></ul><ul><li>Education Award - $5350 </li></ul>
  11. 11. Selection Process <ul><li>In addition to the 5 priority areas mentioned before, grant reviewers will assess: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Program Design – 50% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizational Capacity – 25% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost effectiveness – 15% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Budget Adequacy – 10% </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. eGrants <ul><li>Create your eGrants account and begin your application at least three weeks before the deadline. (Today) </li></ul><ul><li>Begin pasting your application into eGrants no later than 10 days before the deadline (November 16) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Narratives – General Recommendations <ul><li>Lead from your program strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Be clear and succinct </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid circular reasoning </li></ul><ul><li>Explain how </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t make assumptions </li></ul><ul><li>Use an impartial proof reader </li></ul>
  14. 14. Narratives <ul><li>In the grant application instructions, beginning on page 10 and going through page 20, the Corporation outlines recommendations on how to best respond to the criteria. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Performance Measures <ul><li>The Corporation does not require you to enter performance measures until the Corporation notifies you that you have been selected for consideration for a grant. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Performance Measures <ul><li>The Serve America Act requires the Corporation design and use national performance measures to collect meaningful data on the critical impact of AmeriCorps across the country. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Performance Measures <ul><li>The process of regularly measuring the outputs and outcomes produced. </li></ul><ul><li>Performance measures track the amount of work done and the impact of that work. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Outputs <ul><li>Refer to the amount of work or products completed and services delivered by your program. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hours served </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students tutored </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Homes weatherized </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Intermediate Outcomes <ul><li>Changes or benefits experienced by your service recipients. Does not reflect the final result you hope to achieve. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improved attitudes towards school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced truancy </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. End Outcomes <ul><li>Positive changes that your program ultimately hopes to achieve for beneficiaries. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Performance Measures <ul><li>Allow you to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clarify the purpose of your program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Document the actual results of program activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve program performance by identifying program success and areas for improvement </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Budgets <ul><li>Should be sufficient to allow you to perform the tasks described in your proposal </li></ul><ul><li>All amounts you request must be defined for a particular purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Present the basis for all calculations in the form of an equation </li></ul>
  23. 23. Budgets <ul><li>Do not include unallowable expenses unless they are justified as an essential component of an activity </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t include fractional amounts (cents) </li></ul>
  24. 24. Budgets <ul><li>Section 1 – Program Operating Costs </li></ul>
  25. 25. Budgets <ul><li>Section 2: Member Costs </li></ul>
  26. 26. Budgets <ul><li>Section 3: Administrative/Indirect Costs </li></ul>
  27. 27. Budgets <ul><li>Fixed Amount Grants </li></ul><ul><li># of full time members x $13,000 </li></ul><ul><li>= Total Grant Amount </li></ul>
  28. 28. Resources <ul><li>http://chfs.ky.gov/dfrcvs/kccvs/americorps/grantinfo.htm </li></ul><ul><li>www.nationalservice.gov </li></ul><ul><li>www.americorps.gov/for_organizations/funding/nofa.asp </li></ul><ul><li>www.gpoaccess.gov/ecfr </li></ul>

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