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1 Corporation for National & Community Service, Missouri Community Service Commission and AmeriCorps

2 The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.

3 The Corporation is the nations largest grant maker supporting service and volunteering. Through their Senior Corps and AmeriCorps programs, they provide opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to express their patriotism while addressing critical community needs. The Corporation is the nations largest grant maker supporting service and volunteering. Through their Senior Corps and AmeriCorps programs, they provide opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to express their patriotism while addressing critical community needs.

4 Structure of Oversight of Programs Federal Agency headquartered in Washington, D.C. Federal Agency headquartered in Washington, D.C. Corporation State Offices and State Service Commissions coordinate the resources of the Corporation at the state and local levels. Corporation State Offices and State Service Commissions coordinate the resources of the Corporation at the state and local levels.

5 Corporation State Offices VISTA and Senior Corps VISTA and Senior Corps AmeriCorps*Vista provides full- time members to community agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income communities out of poverty. AmeriCorps*Vista provides full- time members to community agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income communities out of poverty.

6 AmeriCorps*VISTA members spend at least one year in full-time service addressing the needs of low-income communities. All projects focus on building permanent infrastructure in nonprofit organizations to help them more effectively bring individuals and communities out of poverty. AmeriCorps*VISTA members spend at least one year in full-time service addressing the needs of low-income communities. All projects focus on building permanent infrastructure in nonprofit organizations to help them more effectively bring individuals and communities out of poverty.

7 Who Can Apply to become an AmeriCorps*VISTA sponsor? Who Can Apply to become an AmeriCorps*VISTA sponsor? Public, private, community or faith- based nonprofit organizations Public, private, community or faith- based nonprofit organizations Local, state, or federal agencies Local, state, or federal agencies

8 Senior Corps Through grants and other resources including the energy and efforts of citizens age 55 and overSenior Corps helps meet the needs and challenges of Americas communities. Grants administered through Senior Corps provide funding for three special programs: Through grants and other resources including the energy and efforts of citizens age 55 and overSenior Corps helps meet the needs and challenges of Americas communities. Grants administered through Senior Corps provide funding for three special programs: Foster Grandparents connects volunteers age 60 and over with children and young people with exceptional needs. Foster Grandparents connects volunteers age 60 and over with children and young people with exceptional needs. Foster Grandparents Foster Grandparents

9 The Senior Companion Program brings together volunteers age 60 and over with adults in their community who have difficulty with the simple tasks of day-to-day living. The Senior Companion Program brings together volunteers age 60 and over with adults in their community who have difficulty with the simple tasks of day-to-day living.Senior Companion ProgramSenior Companion Program RSVP offers "one stop shopping" for all volunteers 55 and over who want to find challenging, rewarding, and significant service opportunities in their local communities. RSVP offers "one stop shopping" for all volunteers 55 and over who want to find challenging, rewarding, and significant service opportunities in their local communities. RSVP

10 ams/vista.asp ams/vista.asp ams/vista.asp ams/vista.asp Michael Laverty Michael Laverty Missouri State Program Specialist Missouri State Program Specialist (816) (816)

11 State Service Commissions State Service Commissions provide Corporation funding to AmeriCorps state programs in their states through annual grant competitions. State Service Commissions provide Corporation funding to AmeriCorps state programs in their states through annual grant competitions.

12 AmeriCorps AmeriCorps, our domestic Peace Corps, engages thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds in community service AmeriCorps, our domestic Peace Corps, engages thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds in community service They tutor and mentor youth, teach computer skills, clean parks and streams, run after-school programs, and help communities respond to disasters. They tutor and mentor youth, teach computer skills, clean parks and streams, run after-school programs, and help communities respond to disasters.

13 AmeriCorps*State AmeriCorps*State works with Governor-appointed State Service Commissions to provide grants to public and nonprofit organizations that sponsor service programs around the country, including hundreds of faith-based and community organizations, higher education institutions, and public agencies. AmeriCorps*State works with Governor-appointed State Service Commissions to provide grants to public and nonprofit organizations that sponsor service programs around the country, including hundreds of faith-based and community organizations, higher education institutions, and public agencies.

14 Grants assist these groups in recruiting, training and placing AmeriCorps members to meet critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Grants assist these groups in recruiting, training and placing AmeriCorps members to meet critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.

15 Who May Apply for AmeriCorps*State? State and local nonprofit organizations State and local nonprofit organizations Community and faith-based organizations Community and faith-based organizations State, local, and higher education institutions State, local, and higher education institutions State and local governments State and local governments U.S. Territories U.S. Territories

16 AmeriCorps*State Program Types of projects include… Types of projects include… Education Education Health Health Public Safety Public Safety Environmental Environmental Homeland Security Homeland Security Other Unmet Human Needs Other Unmet Human Needs

17 AmeriCorps*State Program Examples... Examples... Tutoring and mentoring youth Tutoring and mentoring youth Fighting illiteracy Fighting illiteracy Disaster relief Disaster relief Cleaning parks and streams Cleaning parks and streams Managing or operating after-school programs Managing or operating after-school programs Unmet human needs Unmet human needs

18 AmeriCorps*State Program Benefits to Communities Benefits to Communities AmeriCorps members serve in communities in areas of education, health, public safety and environment. Citizens of communities benefit from receiving these services AmeriCorps members serve in communities in areas of education, health, public safety and environment. Citizens of communities benefit from receiving these services Benefits to Applicants Benefits to Applicants Projects that apply for AmeriCorps funds benefit from the manpower or members that enable them to get the jobs done in their communities and neighborhoods. Projects that apply for AmeriCorps funds benefit from the manpower or members that enable them to get the jobs done in their communities and neighborhoods.

19 Grant Period Organizations selected through this funding round are generally granted a three-year project period. Applications should include proposed activities and a detailed budget for the first year of operation and program objectives for a one year period. Organizations selected through this funding round are generally granted a three-year project period. Applications should include proposed activities and a detailed budget for the first year of operation and program objectives for a one year period.

20 Funding for the second and third years of an approved program is contingent upon satisfactory progress in relation to the approved objectives, submission of proposed changes in activities or objectives and a detailed budget and budget narrative for the applicable program year, the availability of funds, and any other criteria established in the award agreement. Funding for the second and third years of an approved program is contingent upon satisfactory progress in relation to the approved objectives, submission of proposed changes in activities or objectives and a detailed budget and budget narrative for the applicable program year, the availability of funds, and any other criteria established in the award agreement.

21 Grant Size Limitations There is a minimum (as set by the Commission) of 5 Member Service Years (MSYs) for all programs and a maximum of 10 MSYs for new programs. The maximum of 10 MSYs is just for the first year of the 3 year cycle. There is a minimum (as set by the Commission) of 5 Member Service Years (MSYs) for all programs and a maximum of 10 MSYs for new programs. The maximum of 10 MSYs is just for the first year of the 3 year cycle. (Maximum $13,300 per MSY) (Maximum $13,300 per MSY)

22 Match Requirements Programs must provide and account for matching funds (24% for each of the first three years.) All programs are required to raise some funds from the private sector, e.g., corporations, foundations, individuals, local businesses, and non-profit organizations. Programs must provide and account for matching funds (24% for each of the first three years.) All programs are required to raise some funds from the private sector, e.g., corporations, foundations, individuals, local businesses, and non-profit organizations.

23 The match for member support costs (excluding health insurance) must be in non-federal cash. Programs may provide matching funds for operating costs in cash or in-kind, and may use non- Corporation for National and Community Service federal funds as match if permitted by the rules governing those federal funds. The match for member support costs (excluding health insurance) must be in non-federal cash. Programs may provide matching funds for operating costs in cash or in-kind, and may use non- Corporation for National and Community Service federal funds as match if permitted by the rules governing those federal funds.

24 Terms of Service Full-time At least 1700 hours Full-time At least 1700 hours Half-Time At least 900 hours Half-Time At least 900 hours Reduced Half-Time At least 675 hours Reduced Half-Time At least 675 hours Quarter-Time At least 450 hours Quarter-Time At least 450 hours Minimum-Time At least 300 hours Minimum-Time At least 300 hours

25 AmeriCorps Member Benefits Living Allowances: Living Allowances: Generally, all AmeriCorps programs must provide a living allowance as specified below. The living allowance is considered taxable for FICA and income tax. The allowance is between $12,100 and $ per year for full-time members. Generally, all AmeriCorps programs must provide a living allowance as specified below. The living allowance is considered taxable for FICA and income tax. The allowance is between $12,100 and $ per year for full-time members.

26 Child Care: Child Care: Programs must make child care available to any full-time eligible member who is eligible for and needs such assistance to participate. Programs must make child care available to any full-time eligible member who is eligible for and needs such assistance to participate.

27 The Corporation will fund child care directly and will pay 100%. The Corporation will fund child care directly and will pay 100%. Member eligibility is based on need. Member eligibility is based on need.

28 Health Care for Full-Time Members: Health Care for Full-Time Members: Programs must provide full-time members with a basic health insurance plan at the time of the members acceptance into the program if the member is not otherwise covered by a health insurance policy that provides the minimum benefits required. Programs must provide full-time members with a basic health insurance plan at the time of the members acceptance into the program if the member is not otherwise covered by a health insurance policy that provides the minimum benefits required.

29 If, as a result of participation, or if, during the term of service, a member loses coverage through no deliberate act of his or her own, such as parental or spousal job loss, the program must provide the member with a basic health insurance plan that meets the minimum benefits. If, as a result of participation, or if, during the term of service, a member loses coverage through no deliberate act of his or her own, such as parental or spousal job loss, the program must provide the member with a basic health insurance plan that meets the minimum benefits.

30 Programs may obtain health insurance for members through any provider, as long as the policy provides the minimum benefits and is not excessive in cost. Programs may obtain health insurance for members through any provider, as long as the policy provides the minimum benefits and is not excessive in cost.

31 Health care benefits are for AmeriCorps members only (spousal or dependent benefits cannot be covered using Corporation funds). Health care benefits are for AmeriCorps members only (spousal or dependent benefits cannot be covered using Corporation funds).

32 AmeriCorps Education Awards: AmeriCorps Education Awards: Most AmeriCorps members who successfully complete a term of service will receive education awards for each of up to two terms of service. Most AmeriCorps members who successfully complete a term of service will receive education awards for each of up to two terms of service.

33 1700 hours - $5, hours - $5, hours - $2, hours - $2, hours - $2, hours - $2, hours - $1, hours - $1, hours - $1, hours - $1,175

34 The education award may be used up to seven years from completion of service to pay for any combination of: The education award may be used up to seven years from completion of service to pay for any combination of: (1) the costs of attendance at a qualified institution of higher education; (1) the costs of attendance at a qualified institution of higher education;

35 (2) the costs of approved school- to-work programs; (2) the costs of approved school- to-work programs; or (3) the costs of repaying qualified student loans. The education award is considered taxable income for the year in which it is used. or (3) the costs of repaying qualified student loans. The education award is considered taxable income for the year in which it is used.

36 Members who have outstanding qualified student loans may be eligible to receive forbearance on their payments while they serve, but they need to contact their loan holders to receive this benefit and submit the required forms to the National Service Trust. Members who have outstanding qualified student loans may be eligible to receive forbearance on their payments while they serve, but they need to contact their loan holders to receive this benefit and submit the required forms to the National Service Trust.

37 The Corporation for National and Community Service will make payments for interest that accrues during the period of forbearance upon successful completion of a member's term of service. The Corporation for National and Community Service will make payments for interest that accrues during the period of forbearance upon successful completion of a member's term of service.

38 Applications Application materials will be available in November. There will also be an application webinar in November. Application materials will be available in November. There will also be an application webinar in November. Concept papers will be due in December, with feedback in January. Concept papers will be due in December, with feedback in January. Full application will be due in February. Full application will be due in February.

39 Funding decisions will be announced in early May. Funding decisions will be announced in early May. Training will be provided in June and July. Training will be provided in June and July. Programs may start between August 1 and September 30 th. Programs may start between August 1 and September 30 th.

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41 Kevin W. Edwards Kevin W. Edwards Chief Program Officer Chief Program Officer Missouri Community Service Commission Missouri Community Service Commission 301 W. High Street, Suite W. High Street, Suite 770 Jefferson City, MO Jefferson City, MO (573) (573)


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