Top 5 Reasons Why Organizations Don’t Apply for AmeriCorps Funding and Why Your Organization Should

Every day across the nation AmeriCorps members are making a powerful impact on the most critical issues facing our nation. AmeriCorps provides opportunities for more than 80,000 Americans to give back in an intensive way to their communities and country each year. Grants are funded through Nevada Volunteers (a nonprofit 501(c)3) and the Governor’s Commission on Service. Nevada Volunteers reviews, selects, awards, and administers AmeriCorps*State funds throughout Nevada. Thinking about applying?  Letters of Intent are due November 2, 2018.  Don’t let the below reasons deter you!

  • We don’t have the capacity to manage a federal grant

The policies and procedures needed to manage federal grants strengthen organizations.  Don’t have them in place yet?  Apply for a planning grant.  Nevada Volunteers will provide funding of up to $75,000 for your organization to spend up to 12 months developing these policies and procedures.

  • The risk is too great

Tax payers are understandably concerned that federal tax dollars are used effectively and efficiently, but the biggest disallowances possible come from failure to comply with policies designed to protect the most vulnerable populations we serve.  Protecting these clients is incredibly important and your organization should have these protections in place regardless of if you manage federal funds or not.

  • We don’t have the match

New AmeriCorps programs are required to match federal funds at 24% but there are many ways to achieve this match.  AmeriCorps State funds can be matched with cash, including funds from others federal grants, or in-kind contributions.  Think strategically about how to leverage the assets you already have to meet the match for an AmeriCorps program.

  • Volunteers are just as reliable as AmeriCorps Members

AmeriCorps members are people who have decided to dedicate up to a year of their life specifically to the service of their community.  They are a devoted, dedicated group of people, and while all volunteers are great, bringing their time, talent and treasure to or communities, very few of them have the kind of drive that AmeriCorps members bring to service.

  • AmeriCorps is too complicated —VISTA, NCC AmeriCorps State

We know that national service can be complicated!  Below we have broken down two types of AmeriCorps programs.

  • AmeriCorps State programs are for organizations who want members to engage in direct service focusing on a community need. Usually program have at least 10 members. (Smaller programs require approval from Nevada Volunteers).
  • AmeriCorps VISTA programs are for organizations who want at least three members for capacity building only.

Visit the Notice of Funding Opportunities page on our website to learn more and sign-up to receive future Notice of Funding Opportunities by subscribing to our newsletter at www.nevadavolunteers.org

Courtesy: Laura Dickey

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