Program Development and Innovation Grants


Innovation grants support innovative demonstration service programs that build the ethic of service among Americans of all ages and backgrounds. These include the September 11th and Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service grants, and Disability Outreach grants. Additional programs may be added based upon legislation and appropriation.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/27/2024 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Corporation For National and Community Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
The National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended, Public Law 101-610, Nov 16, 1990, Title 1, § 98, as added and amended by Public Law 103 -82, Title 1, § 104 (c), Title IV, § 405 (p) (2), Sept. 21, 1993, 107 Stat. 840, 922; Public Law 103 – 304, § 3 (a), (b) (6), Aug. 23, 1994, 108 Stat. 1566, 1568; Public Law 105 – 354, § 2 (b), Nov. 3, 1998, 112 Stat. 3244; Public Law 111-13, Title I, § 1802, Apr. 21, 2009, 123 Stat. 1552 ( Serve America Act – H.R. 1388), Public Law 110-610
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
See program's Notice of Federal Funding.
Beneficiary Eligibility
See program's Notice of Federal Funding.
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. See program's Notice of Federal Funding and application instructions for information on other application procedures.
Award Procedure
See program's Notice of Federal Funding and application instructions for information on award procedures.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. See program's Notice of Federal Funding.
From 60 to 90 days. CNCS does not offer an appeals process.
From 60 to 90 days. See program's Notice of Federal Funding.
How are proposals selected?
Proposal selection criteria are described in the program's Notice of Federal Funding.
How may assistance be used?
See program’s Notice of Federal Funding.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: CNCS and its grant recipients are required to practice risk-based monitoring and routine field and desk-based oversight of all grant awards and expenditures.
CNCS grants are subject to audit by CNCS employees, the CNCS Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office, and auditors contracted by CNCS.
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 CNCS 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 is voluntary. Matching requirements will vary. Refer to individual program’s Notice of Federal Funding and application instructions.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is usually awarded for project periods of three or more 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
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Lisa Bishop
250 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20525 USA
Phone: 202-606-6869
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17 Estimate Not Available FY 16 est $1,384,482.00; - There will be no future grants for this listing.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
See program's Notice of Federal Funding for matching information.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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