2017-18 West Virginia AmeriCorps Funding Announcement

Can you use a team of at least five people to help create solutions to West Virginia's most pressing challenges? Are you interested in providing hope, professional development, and opportunity to West Virginians ready to work hard and make a difference? Are you interested in expanding the capacity of your community to solve problems by mobilizing volunteers? AmeriCorps may be a great fit for your organization!

Volunteer West Virginia announces two (2) distinct opportunities for program funding via AmeriCorps State grants. These opportunities are designed for organizations interested in applying for and managing a full reimbursement-based project for a three-year grant period. Organizations interested in a different national service opportunity (a single AmeriCorps member, AmeriCorps VISTA or Senior Corps member) should call 304-558-0111 for more information. Click here to read the full 2017-18 West Virginia AmeriCorps Funding Announcement.


Funding Opportunity #1: WV AmeriCorps Targeted Communities Competition*

An Intent to Apply is required and is due via e-mail by March 24, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Applicants applying under this Funding Opportunity are interested in utilizing AmeriCorps members in innovative ways to:

  1. promote safer communities and/or
  2. address the state's opioid and substance abuse epidemic.

Volunteer West Virginia intends to submit up to three applications to a national competition. Final funding decisions are determined by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Eligible organizations are asked to propose innovative pilot projects to engage AmeriCorps members as part of a strategy to improve communities.

Programs may choose to focus on any aspect of substance abuse: prevention, treatment, or recovery. Programs may also choose to propose projects that address issues of public safety, especially projects that engage community members in improving community-police relations, reducing blighted properties, providing youth with economic opportunity, or creating prisoner and addict re-entry and support programs. Programs may address one of the two issues or a combination.




Funding Opportunity #2: WV AmeriCorps Formula Competition*

An Intent to Apply is required and is due via e-mail by March 24, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Continuation programs entering Year 2 or Year 3 do not need to submit an Intent to Apply.

Applicants applying under this Funding Opportunity are interested in utilizing AmeriCorps members to address one of the five key focus areas in the West Virginia Unified State Service Plan. Those areas are Education, Healthy Futures, Community Investment, Disaster Services, and Veterans. Programs may also propose to place AmeriCorps members in priority geographies identified within the State Service Plan. Geographies include the southern coalfield counties and north central West Virginia counties. Other applications which propose innovative ideas to strengthening communities through AmeriCorps will also be considered. All programs should articulate a clear and complete theory of change, logic model and performance measurement system.

The number of new awards available is dependent on federal funding. Volunteer West Virginia may have the ability to fund 1-3 new programs. Applications enter an in-state competitive process and funding decisions are based on the quality of application, the fit within the West Virginia AmeriCorps portfolio and other factors. Volunteer West Virginia's funding and selection process is available on our website at www.volunteerwv.org.

*Applications not funded in either Opportunity #1 or #2 may be considered for future funding or planning grant funding based on the desire of both Volunteer West Virginia and the applicant.



General Grant Resources

Not sure where to look for the information you need to successfully submit your Targeted Communities or Formula Grant application? Volunteer West Virginia has created this Application Resources Fact Sheet to help you find what you are looking for.
  • Eligibility Fact Sheet
  • Application Instructions
  • Performance Measure Instructions
  • Performance Measure Checklist
  • Performance Measure Template
  • 2016-18 West Virginia Unified State Service Plan
  • Technical Assistance (TA)



  • About Volunteer West Virginia and AmeriCorps:

    Volunteer West Virginia, the state's Commission for National and Community Service, challenges West Virginians to strengthen their communities through service and volunteerism. The Commission administers West Virginia's direct service AmeriCorps programs along with additional programming to help meet the state's volunteer and community service needs. Programs focus on Educational Support, Community Investment (service projects, historic and cultural preservation, and community development), Healthy Futures, Veterans and Military Families, Training (including Grantwriting) and Disaster Services. For more information about Volunteer West Virginia programming, view our 2016 annual report at http://www.volunteerwv.org/2/about/assets/downloads/2016AnnualReport.pdf.

    The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic participation through service and volunteering. AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. An AmeriCorps member is an individual who engages in community service through an approved national service position. Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service, members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust that members can use to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans.

    For more information on the different types of AmeriCorps grants or if you need additional assistance, please contact an AmeriCorps program officer at 304-558-0111.

    Quick Reference: Criteria for Appropriate Grant Opportunity

    Competitive
    Formula
    Education Award Only Planning Grant
    What organizations can apply? Public or private nonprofit organizations, faith based organizations, institutions of higher education, government entities, individually or in partnership, who have received AmeriCorps funding previously. Public or private nonprofit organizations, faith based organizations, institutions of higher education, government entities, individually or in partnership. Public or private nonprofit organizations, faith based organizations, institutions of higher education, government entities, individually or in partnership. Public or private nonprofit organizations, faith based organizations, institutions of higher education, government entities, individually or in partnership who have not received AmeriCorps funds in the past.
    How many members can be requested? Minimum member request of 20 members. Minimum member request of at least 5 members. Minimum combination of members equal to at least 5 full time. Grantees will be expected to apply for Formula program. See Formula criteria.
    Program Experience Strong experience in program delivery and design. Strong program design. New program or existing program - addition of AmeriCorps adds program reach or value to services provided. New program with strong concept of program design.
    Can existing programs apply? Existing or past programs can apply. All can apply. All can apply. Existing programs are NOT eligible to apply.
    Supervision Capabilities Ability to supervise 20+ members. Ability to supervise 5+ members. Ability to supervise a combination of members equal to at least 5 full time. Grantees will be expected to apply for Formula program. See Formula criteria.
    Organization Capabilities Experience or familiarity with National Service. Organizational ability to handle program requirements and measure impact. Organizational ability to handle program requirements and measure impact. Organizational ability to handle member files and time records. Organizational ability to handle program requirements and measure impact.
    Fiscal Capabilities Organizational ability to handle Federal fiscal requirements. Organizational ability to handle Federal fiscal requirements. Organizational ability to handle Federal fiscal requirements.