OTHER NATIONAL GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
2017 AMERICORPS NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
The 2009 Serve America Act set a goal that 10 percent of Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) AmeriCorps funding should support encore service programs (those that engage participants age 55 or older) in service that makes a significant impact in communities through national performance measures.The 2017 AmeriCorps Notice of Funding Opportunity seeks to meet the 10% target by reaching out to more organizations currently focused on engaging age 55+ adults that might be interested in becoming AmeriCorps sponsors. CNCS seeks to invest AmeriCorps funding that engages these adults in the following areas:
- Disaster Services - Concerns regarding the preparation, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts that relate to disaster events
- Economic Opportunity - Addresses unmet needs of economically disadvantaged individuals, including financial literacy, affordable housing, and employment‐related assistance
- Education - Topics related to unmet educational needs within communities, especially those that help at-risk youth to achieve success in school and prevent them from dropping out
- Environmental Stewardship - Matters regarding energy and water efficiency, renewable energy use, at-risk ecosystems, and behavioral change leading to increased efficiency
- Healthy Futures - Addresses unmet health needs, including access to health care, increasing physical activity and improving nutrition in youth, and increasing seniors’ ability to remain in their own homes
- Veterans and Military Families - Addresses unmet needs of veterans, members of the armed forces, and family members of deployed military personnel
CNCS welcomes a broad spectrum of eligible organizations and interventions to apply and propose ways to engage individuals 55 and over in AmeriCorps service that addresses various community needs. They will be hosting a technical assistance call to answer questions about this funding opportunity on Friday, December 2 at 1 p.m. Please register for the call here.
Notifications of Intent to Apply should be filed by Wednesday, December 7, 2016. Applications are due Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA) COMMUNITY FACILITIES DIRECT LOAN & GRANT PROGRAM
This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.
Funds can be used to purchase, construct, and/or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment and pay related project expenses. Relevant examples of essential community facilities include:
- Community support services such as community centers (senior centers)
- Local food systems such as community gardens, food pantries, community kitchens, food banks, food hubs or greenhouses