The United Way Association of South Carolina, serving as the State’s Commission on National and Community Service (SC Commission), is pleased to announce the opportunity of federal funds to support organizations wishing to host an SC AmeriCorps program for the 2017-18 grant year.
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 is recruited by the host organization and engages in community service through an approved national service position. Members may receive grant-supported living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service, members receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust.
In alignment with the Serve America Act, the SC Commission will focus AmeriCorps grant making in six Focus Areas identified by the Act:
Veterans and Military Families
The SC Commission will seek to build a diversified portfolio and is willing to fund applications that propose to provide services under any of the six focus areas and within any South Carolina community, but specifically seeks to receive applications representing the following:
Evidence-Based or Evidence-Informed Priority Consideration
In order to maximize the impact of the public investment in national service, The SC Commission will provide grants to programs that demonstrate that they will engage AmeriCorps members in an evidence-based or evidence-informed approach to providing a service intervention that will result in intended solutions to community problems (e.g., based on proposed program’s performance and evaluation data or research demonstrating the effectiveness of a similar intervention).
Underrepresented Populations Priority Consideration
The SC Commission believes that all Americans should have opportunities to participate in national service, including those that have been traditionally underrepresented in national service, such as rural residents, people with disabilities, veterans/military families, and Native Americans. Additionally. The SC Commission also specifically seeks applications focused on the following demographics:
Programs that engage a significant number of participants age 55 or older.
The one in six young people (ages 16-24) who are disconnected from school or work.
The SC Commission accepts and is willing to fund applications that propose to provide services to any South Carolina community, but specifically seeks to receive applications proposing to serve communities located in the following counties.
Disaster Recovery Need
Allendale (Promise Zone), Bamberg (Promise Zone), Cherokee, and Williamsburg.
Colleton (Promise Zone), Barnwell (Promise Zone), Hampton (Promise Zone), Jasper County (Promise Zone), Florence, Chester, Darlington, Dillion, Marlboro, and Marion.
Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillion, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter, and Williamsburg.
Below you will find a selection of key dates for the grant application process. Please note that all new and recompeting applicants must attend a required training in Columbia to receive all application materials. In the NOFO, key policies specific to South Carolina have been highlighted in purple. Please be aware that this is not meant to be exhaustive, but rather, a helpful indication. It is likely that some SC-specifics remain un-highlighted.
Required Training for all new and Recompete applicants.
February 6 at 1 pm
Concept Paper Deadline
March 9 at 5 pm
Notice of Advancement
March 21 by 5 pm
Technical Assistance Webinar (Optional)
March 23 at 3 pm
Full Application + Supplemental Documents Deadline
April 28 by 5 pm
May 12 - 26
Anticipated Award Notification
The SC Commission on National and Community Service looks forward to this grant competition. Please pass this information along to your networks as you see fit. If your organization is interested in applying, please select a training date listed above and RSVP to Carson.Carroll@uwasc.org.