AmeriCorps Request for Proposals 


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Project Period 2014-2017

*Notice of Correction: At the bidders confernce, the maximum grant amount per MSY was listed as $13,600. The updated federal NOFA has the maximum listed at $13,300.  $13,300 is the correct amount.*

*Notice of Correction: On page 6 of the original Request for Proposal, the number of pages for a Narrative was reported incorrectly. Note, Applications may not exceed 15 pages for the Narrative including the Executive Summary and Cover page, as the pages print out from eGrants. A revised RFP has been posted, see below.*

*Special Note: All applicants must attend one of the four bidders conferences*

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Serve Illinois Commission (Serve Illinois), in cooperation with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is now accepting applications for the “AmeriCorps*State” grant.

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations for the purpose of supporting AmeriCorps members and addressing community needs. An AmeriCorps member is an individual who is enrolled in an approved national service position and engages in community service. Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service members receive an education award from the National Service Trust.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) awards AmeriCorps State Formula funds to Governor-appointed state service commissions. The Serve Illinois Commission is responsible for administering these funds and overseeing all of the AmeriCorps grants awarded to the state.

All applicants must apply to IDHS via the Serve Illinois Commission through the eGrants system (see attached application instructions). An applicant must attend one of the four scheduled bidders conferences. An application will not be considered for funding if an applicant did not attend the required bidders conference. It is at the discretion of the applicant to determine the location to attend.

Please RSVP your bidders conference attendance by emailing us or calling us at 800-592-9896.

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, September 24, 2013
    1:00- 4:00 pm
    Sauk Valley Community College
    173 IL Route 2
    Dixon, IL 61021
  • Wednesday, September 25, 2013
    1:00- 4:00 pm
    Southwestern Illinois College
    2500 Carlyle Ave.
    Belleville, IL 62221
  • Monday, September 30, 2013
    10:00 am- 1:00 pm
    American Red Cross
    2200 W. Harrison St
    Chicago, IL 60612
  • Wednesday, October 2, 2013
    1:00 - 4:00 pm
    Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA)
    2200 S Dirksen Parkway
    Springfield, IL 62703
  • November 22, 2013 (no later than 5:00 pm) – Applications due to Serve Illinois via eGrants
  • December, 2013 – Peer Review
  • December, 2013 and January, 2014 – Competitive Application Technical Assistance and Submission
  • June 2014 – Competitive and Formula Award Notification
  • July 1, 2014 – Earliest Program Start Date

For detailed instructions refer to the attached federal Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity, Application Instructions, and the Request for Proposals.

» Illinois Request for Proposals 2014 (Illinois Department of Humans Services Site)

» Federal NOFA Revised (11/7/13) [PDF, 876KB]

» Federal NOFA Revised (11/7/13) (with track changes from previous version) [PDF, 1.00MB]

» Federal Application Instructions Revised [PDF, 687KB]

» Managing AmeriCorps Documents (Serve America Act, Provisions, Etc.)

» AmeriCorps Illinois Program Directors Manual

» Bidders Conference Presentation [PDF, 11MB]

» Frequently Asked Questions

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