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AmeriCorps 2020 grant applications

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The Arizona Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism (GCSV) is pleased to provide information about the availability of competitive funds in the form of AmeriCorps grants through the Corporation for National and Community Service’s annual competitive round of funding.  The CNCS will evaluate all applications received and make award determinations at the national level. 

Arizona organizations that seek to propose an AmeriCorps program to operate within the state are encouraged to apply.

Applicants will apply for funding directly to the CNCS.  The total amount of federal funds available for this national competition through the CNCS will depend on annual agency appropriations.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity and all related application materials can be found on the AmeriCorps website.

Applications will be due to the Arizona Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism on December 2, 2019.

National Focus Areas

1Disaster Services

Grant activities will provide support to increase the preparedness of individuals for disasters, improve individuals’ readiness to respond to disasters, help individuals recover from disasters, and/or help individuals mitigate disasters.

2Economic Opportunity

Grants will provide support and/or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to the improved economic well-being and security of economically disadvantaged people; help economically disadvantaged people, to have improved access to services that enhance financial literacy; transition into or remain in safe, healthy, affordable housing; and/or have improved employability leading to increased success in becoming employed.

3Education

Grants will provide support and/or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to improved educational outcomes for economically disadvantaged children; improved school readiness for economically disadvantaged young

children; improved educational and behavioral outcomes of students in low-achieving elementary, middle, and high schools; and/or support economically disadvantaged students’ preparation for success in post-secondary educational institutions.

4Environmental Stewardship

Grants will support responsible stewardship of the environment, while preparing communities for challenging circumstances and helping Americans respond to and recover from disruptive life events: programs that conserve natural habitats; protect clean air and water; maintain public lands; support wildland fire mitigation; cultivate individual and community self-sufficiency; and provide reforestation services after floods or fires.

5Healthy Futures

Grants will provide support for activities that will address the opioid crisis; increase seniors’ ability to remain in their own homes with the same or improved quality of life for as long as possible; and/or increase physical activity and improve nutrition with the purpose of reducing obesity.

6Veterans and Military Families

Grants will positively impact the quality of life of veterans and improve military family strength; increase the number of veterans, wounded warriors, military service members, and their families served by CNCS programs; and/or increase the number of veterans and military family members engaged in service through CNCS programs.

2020 Funding Priorities

In the FY 2020 AmeriCorps competition, CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in:

OR      

Increasing economic opportunities for communities by preparing people for the workforce. 

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Reducing and/or preventing prescription drug and opioid abuse.

  • Veterans and Military Families – positively impacting the quality of life of veterans and improving military family strength.
     
  • Rural intermediaries – organizations that demonstrate measurable impact and primarily serve rural communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure. 
     
  • Faith-based organizations.

To learn more about AmeriCorps programs in Arizona, visit http://americorps.az.gov/americorps/programs.

For more information about AmeriCorps funding opportunities, contact Randy George, AmeriCorps Training Administrator at randy.george@asu.edu.

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