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Serve Wisconsin AmeriCorps RFP                                                                      National Direct Consultation Form

2017-2018 AmeriCorps*State Request for Proposals (RFP)

On August 5, 2016, the Corporation for National and Community Service released its Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the 2017-2018 program year.  The 2017 competition will target AmeriCorps grantm-aking on the six national focus areas identified in the Serve America Act and the agency's five-year Strategic Plan: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.  In order to maximize the impact of the public investment in national service, CNCS will fund programs that can demonstrate community impact and solve community problems using an evidence-based or evidence-informed approach.

Through the 2017 competition, CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in disaster services, economic opportunity, education, the environment, addressing prescription drug and opioid abuse, safer communities, veterans and military families, and the Governor and Mayor Initiative. CNCS will continue to focus on national service programs that improve academic outcomes for children, youth, and young adults. In addition, CNCS seeks to increase its investment in programs that engage a significant number of participants age 55 or older as AmeriCorps members.

All interested applicants were required to submit a Notification of Intent to Apply via Survey Monkey by Midnight on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.  Notifications of Intent to Apply are no longer being accepted, and you will not be able to submit an application if you did not respond to this request.  Please send an e-mail to servewisconsin@wisconsin.gov if you would like to be notified of future opportunities.


Proposals and additional documents from eligible applicants (those who submitted a Notification of Intent to Apply by the deadline) are due Wednesday, November 2, 2016 by 4:30 PM Central.  See RFP #1718WNCSB-AC (below) for details.

2017-2018 RFP and Application Instructions

2017-2018 AmeriCorps*State Request for Proposals #1718WNCSB-AC 

Appendix A: Application Peer Review Form  

Appendix B: Formula Funding Process 

Appendix C: Formula Selection Criteria 

2017-2018 AmeriCorps*State Application Instructions and Attachments  

Required Additional Checklist A:  Additional Document Checklist  (PDF  & Word )

Required Additional Checklist B:  Budget Checklist  (PDF  & Word )

Required Additional Checklist C:  Alignment with State Service Plan  (PDF  & Word )

Required Additional Checklist D:  Financial Management Survey  (PDF  & Word )


2017 National Performance Measure Instructions



How to Apply

All applicants were required to submit a Notification of Intent to Apply for 2017-18 AmeriCorps funding through this survey no later than Midnight, September 28, 2016:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1718WNCSB-ACApplicants that did not submit a Notice are not eligible to apply for funding.


All applicants must use the application materials above to submit a proposal through eGrants, CNCS’s web-based system at https://egrants.cns.gov.   The Application Instructions and Attachments will provide clear guidance on how to create a new or continue an existing application.


When applying to Serve Wisconsin’s Request for Proposals in eGrants, you will need to select the correct Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and its corresponding Grant Application ID number.   


Cost Reimbursement Programs 

NOFA:  FY 2017 AmeriCorps State and Territory Commission (New and Continuations)

Grant Application ID:  17AC188938

Grant ID:  15ACHWI001


Fixed-Amount Programs, Including EAP

NOFA:  FY 2017 AmeriCorps State and Terr Comm Fixed Amount, EAP (New and Continuations)

Grant Application ID:  17ES188948



Technical Assistance and Informational Sessions

You may access the recordings of Technical Assistance Webinars and additional resources regarding the RFP, logic models, evidence base, and theory of change here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7FUCNVwAN3tSzhncXZ1TW1TNm8?usp=sharing


Registration for Upcoming Webinars

October 11, 2016 at 12:30 pm CDT - Webinar on Program Alignment and Logic Models:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5551055254754479108

October 13, 2016 at 12:30 pm CDT - Webinar on Evidence Base:   https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4157840981455353092


Please see below for a webinar on how to use eGrants, the electronic grants management system you will use to submit your proposal.

Link to Recording of 11/27/2012 eGrants Technical Assistance Webinar     Due to technical difficulties, there is an approximately six minute gap in the webinar starting at around 53 minutes; viewers can choose to skip past the gap.


WNCSB RFP - Questions & Answers

All questions regarding the RFP must be submitted in writing by 12:00 Midnight Central on October 27, 2016, to the RFP Manager.  Questions via telephone will not be accepted.

Jessica Kessler, RFP Manager; Wisconsin National & Community Service Board; 1 West Wilson Street, Room B274; Madison, WI 53703; servewisconsin@wisconsin.gov

Questions and answers will be posted here periodically, with the final posting no later than October 28, 2016.  After October 27th, only specific eGrants technical assistance may be given. 

RFP Questions & Answers - 2017-18  


Under the rules of the RFP, once the RFP is released all inquiries related to the RFP and application instructions must go to the RFP Manager.  The rules do not permit other Board staff or Board members to communicate with applicants regarding the RFP process without approval from the RFP Manager.



 Additional Resources for Applicants


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