AmeriCorps National Service and Civic Engagement Research Competition 94.026


To further achieve its mission, AmeriCorps has a strong belief in the importance of research in order to identify effective strategies for national service and increase the evidence-base for its programs. This means engaging the broader community of academic researchers involved in studying and evaluating national service, volunteerism, and civic infrastructure. The goal of this competition is to increase the nations understanding and knowledge about the importance and potential of volunteering, national and community service, and/or civic engagement in America. We are seeking applications that build on existing research in the field, address gaps in knowledge, and provide new ideas and methodological approaches to the study of national service.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Corporation For National and Community Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 Grantees continue to collect/analyze data and make presentations. Each grantee will submit a report for Year 2 and 5 of the 7 who received supplemental funding for a secondary research project will submit 2 papers. Grantees are presenting their preliminary findings in CNCS research webinars for internal staff and the public and will present at the Research Summit. A few are finalizing white papers that they are hoping to publish I journals.
Fiscal Year 2019 All of our 2105 grantees finished their studies and are attempting to publish their work in peer reviewed journals and books. Thirteen 2017 grantees are wrapping up their analysis and are now writing up their findings. All of our 2018 grantees have successfully met their workplan objectives and moving into the second year.
Fiscal Year 2022 The National Service and Civic Engagement Research Grant Program sponsors research about motivations for volunteering, who is volunteering, the different ways in which people engage in their communities, social and economic outcomes associated with civic engagement, and volunteer management best practices.
The National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended., Public Law 101-610, 42 U.S.C. 12501
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity.
Beneficiary Eligibility
See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity.
B- Cooperative Agreements Various records and forms required for first time applicants, as well as a copy of the applicant's last audit, may be requested. First time applicants must certify financial systems.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Please contact CNCS Headquarters for Application and Award Information.
Award Procedure
See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity and application instructions for information on award procedures.
Notice of Funding Opportunities, with important dates and deadlines, are listed here:
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity.
Not applicable.
From 60 to 90 days. See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity.
How are proposals selected?
Proposal selection criteria are described in the program's Notice of Funding Opportunity.
How may assistance be used?
See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: AmeriCorps and its award recipients are required to practice risk-based monitoring and routine field and desk-based oversight of all project/grant awards and expenditures.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. AmeriCorps grants are subject to audit by AmeriCorps employees, the AmeriCorps Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office, and auditors contracted by AmeriCorps.
Grant recipients must maintain all grant financial and program records for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final Federal Financial Report for the award. This includes but is not limited to all financial records including receipts, disbursements, and vouchers for federal and non-federal costs; time cards, copies of all contracts, personnel records, and job descriptions; program execution and performance records, criminal history checks, and similar records to reflect all activities and spending performed under the award. Note that all individuals receiving a salary, living allowance, stipend, National Trust Education Award or similar compensation through a national service program funded by AmeriCorps must first clear a National Service Criminal History Check and those check records must be maintained within grant records.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
All the cohorts are eligible for up to 3 years; funding must be obligated during the award project period and liquidated by the end of the closeout period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
AmeriCorps maintains regional offices. Refer to the AmeriCorps website for address and contact information: Notice of Funding Opportunities are listed here:
Headquarters Office
Andrea Robles
250 E St SW
Wahshington , DC 20525 US
Phone: 2026066687
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 22$2,723,511.00; FY 23 est $2,700,000.00; FY 24 est $2,700,000.00; FY 21$0.00; FY 20$1,917,263.00; FY 19$1,552,728.00; FY 18$1,400,000.00; FY 17$1,300,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity for matching information.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2023 The University of Cincinnati with funding from this grant will explore how to create and sustain meaningful and supportive civic engagement infrastructure for diverse refugee and immigrant communities. Utilizing a cycle of action research, local refugees and other stakeholders will provide focus groups, inform collective analysis and reflection, and develop and implement actions. The findings will inform local refugee communities, organizations and government, other organizations interested in civic engagement and/or refugee integration, and various academic arenas focused on community research.


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