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Serve Wisconsin AmeriCorps RFP                                                                      National Direct Consultation Form

2017-2018 AmeriCorps*State Formula 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 grant-making 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.

Competitive awards for funding under the 2017-2018 AmeriCorps*State RFP #1718WNCSB-AC are pending.  This RFP is requesting new applications for consideration for funding under the State's Formula funding allocation.  Proposals will be for new AmeriCorps programs operating in the State of Wisconsin.  A mandatory Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI) was due May 3, 2017 by Midnight Central. 


Applications will not be accepted from organizations that did not submit an NOI.  Proposals and additional documents from eligible applicants (those who submitted a Notification of Intent to Apply by the deadline) are due Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by 4:30 PM Central.  See RFP #1718A-WNCSB-AC (below) for more details.


Note:  The RFP and Instructions on this page are for AmeriCorps Program Grant proposals.  If you are interested in applying for an AmeriCorps Planning Grant, please see the information on this page instead:  http://servewisconsin.wi.gov/Funding/AmeriCorps-Planning-Grant-RFP/.


2017-2018 RFP and Application Instructions

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

Appendix A: Application Peer Review Form  

Appendix B: Formula Funding Process 

Appendix C: Formula Selection Criteria 

2017-2018 AmeriCorps*State Formula Application Instructions and Attachments - Corrected Due Date on Page 11 - Posted May 1, 2017  

Required Additional Checklist A - Additional Documents Checklist (Formula).pdf  & Word )

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

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

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


2017 National Performance Measure Instructions

Budget Worksheet 

How to Apply

All applicants were required to submit a Notification of Intent to Apply for 2017-18 AmeriCorps Formula funding by Midnight, May 3, 2017.  Applicants 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:  17AC194559

Grant ID:  15AFHWI001


Fixed-Amount Programs, Including EAP

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

Grant Application ID:  17ES194567


Technical Assistance and Informational Sessions

You may access past 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


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 May 15, 2017, to the RFP Manager.  Questions via telephone will not be accepted.


Wisconsin National & Community Service Board; ATTN:  AmeriCorps Formula RFP Manager; 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 May 16, 2017.  After May 15th, only specific eGrants technical assistance may be given.  Formula & Planning Grant RFP Q&A - 2017-18 


You may also want to review the Q&A from the previous competition:  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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