CaliforniaVolunteers Now Accepting AmeriCorps Planning Grant Applications

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One-Year Grants with up to $75,000 in Funding Available 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – CaliforniaVolunteers announced today that it is now accepting applications for 2016-17 AmeriCorps state planning grant funding in support of community partnerships that will engage AmeriCorps members to meet state and local challenges through service and volunteer action.

“CaliforniaVolunteers is committed to helping communities with the power and talent of AmeriCorps members,” said Chief Service Officer Karen Baker.  “This new round of federal planning grant funding will allow for organizations to create new and innovative AmeriCorps programs to address challenges within their neighborhoods.”

The AmeriCorps planning grants provide funding to design and develop new AmeriCorps programs that can address community problems and demonstrate significant impacts. A one-year planning grant can support staffing costs, travel, materials, and other costs necessary to conduct a community needs assessment, bring together community partners to help design appropriate service activities to address community needs identified, develop financial plans to support cost share, and develop high quality plans for managing program implementation.

The optional Notice of Intent to apply is due May 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm and the hardcopy application deadline is June 3, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

Informational call-in sessions will be held on both May 13 and 19, 2016, where interested applicants can learn more about the application process.

For more information, please visit www.californiavolunteers.org and click the “2016 AmeriCorps Planning Grant Applications” link under “Highlights.”

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CaliforniaVolunteers Now Accepting 2016 AmeriCorps Grant Applications for State Priorities, Including Drought Efforts

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CaliforniaVolunteers announced today that it is now accepting applications for 2016-17 AmeriCorps state grant funding in support of community partnerships that will engage AmeriCorps members to meet state and local challenges through service and volunteer action. This year’s grant program will add drought relief efforts as a funding preference priority.

“CaliforniaVolunteers is committed to supporting partnerships that effectively engage AmeriCorps members to address community problems,” said Chief Service Officer Karen Baker.  “With California entering its fourth year of extreme drought conditions, we felt it necessary to add drought efforts as an additional priority for funding, as this is one of the biggest challenges California is currently facing.”

Today’s Request for Applications comes about six months earlier than normal to give applicants additional time to prepare a well-thought-out and complete application. The extended timeline also allows CaliforniaVolunteers extra time to work with applicants to strengthen their proposals, if funded, for successful implementation and to be more competitive in securing federal grants.

Informational sessions will be held in the month of May, where interested applicants can learn more about the application process, as well as more about the specific priorities for funding, including drought relief.  For more information, please visit www.californiavolunteers.org.

For more than two years, California has been dealing with the effects of drought. To learn about all the actions the state has taken to manage our water system and cope with the impacts of the drought, visit Drought.CA.gov.

Every Californian should take steps to conserve water. Find out how at SaveOurWater.com.