Contact the NJ Commission on National and Community Service
NJ Commission on National and
Community Service
P.O. Box 456
Trenton, NJ 08625

Tel: (609) 633-9627
Fax: (609) 777-2939

Email: Feedback@sos.nj.gov
Grant Opportunities

Americorps LogoAmeriCorps Competitive Grants

2018/2019 New Jersey AmeriCorps Competitive Notice of Funding Opportunity

Application Instructions

The NJ Commission on National and Community Service, NJ Department of State, announces funding opportunities for 2018 AmeriCorps Competitive grants. AmeriCorps, sometimes called the “Domestic Peace Corps” is a national service program funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), the NJ Commission seeks to identify projects that it can submit for award consideration by the CNCS. These projects will deploy Ameri-Corps participants or “members” effectively to solve significant community problems. In return for their service, members benefit from a living allowance of up to $13,732 (F/T) and an educational award linked to the value of the Pell Grant which is held in trust for college cost of attendance or to pay back existing federal loans.

The CNCS strategic plan has highlighted the following focus areas: Education, including STEM; Environmental Stewardship; Healthy Futures; Economic Opportunity, Veterans and Military Families; and, Disaster Services. Additional funding priorities in-clude: Rural Intermediaries, Safer Communities, Planning Grants and Encore Programs. Eligible agencies include public or private non-profit organizations, community and faith-based organizations; local education agencies including charter schools; local, coun-ty or state government; and, colleges. Competitive applications are due to the Commission on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 and are reviewed at both the state and national levels.

Attendance at a technical assistance session is mandatory in order to be considered for funding. Three technical assistance sessions are scheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday, October 17, 10:00 a.m., Camden County College, Rm. RCCRETC 157 Regional Emergency Training Center, 420 Woodbury Turnersville Rd., Blackwood, NJ
  • Friday, October 20, 10:00 a.m., Passaic County Community College Public Safety Academy, 300 Oldham Road, Wayne, NJ
  • Monday, October 23, 10:00 a.m., The College of NJ, Education Building (Central) Room 115, 2000 Pennington Rd., Ewing, NJ.
  • In addition to the general technical assistance sessions, there will be a session on Theory of Change and Evidence. Attendance is optional, but highly recommended for agencies seriously planning to apply. It will be held on Thurs-day, November 2, 10:00 a.m., The College of NJ, Trenton Hall, Room 123, 2000 Pennington Rd., Ewing, NJ.

Call 609-633-9627 to register for a technical assistance session or if you have any questions. Contact Rowena Madden: Rowena.Madden@sos.nj.gov or Ivette Ramos: Ivette.Ramos@sos.nj.gov

Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Americorps LogoSafer Communities: Strengthening Law Enforcement and Community Relations

AmeriCorps is a national service network that provides full- and part-time opportunities for participants, called members, to serve their communities and build the capacity of organizations to meet local needs. The New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service, New Jersey Department of State, seeks to fund a local initiatives and utilize the AmeriCorps model to increase civic engagement and improve New Jersey’s communities by deploying AmeriCorps members to provide services focused on Safer Communities: Strengthening Law Enforcement and Community Relations. Applicants will develop a Theory of Change, logic model and performance measures utilizing AmeriCorps members in at least two (2) of the following activities or interventions identified by the Commission:

  • Facilitating assessments of community resources; determining potential impact in communities of interest, via asset mapping, needs assessments, surveys of attitudes on law enforcement/community relations;
  • Training youth and adults on how to respond during motor vehicle stops by: organizing and facilitating community, faith-based or school-based forums where law enforcement and community can exchange ideas, conduct pre-and post-tests about the rights, responsibilities, and safe procedures during stops; speak with experts; role play motor vehicle stops; create a video on motor vehicle stops;
  • Creating a brochure on proper civilian motor vehicle stop conduct and how to address improper conduct post-incident, with information distributed to the community;
  • Conducting door-to-door surveys to poll the community on a variety of law enforcement-related issues to guide future programming activities; serve as a quantitative basis for evaluating program success; implement models that include AmeriCorps members serving on teams, as ambassadors with clergy/chaplains and police; grow local community block watch groups;
  • Hosting of, or participating in, impartial forums or other non-confrontational settings for the police and community to: share both concerns and ideas on what the police are doing right; interact in non-confrontational settings such as community cookouts, sports events, school activities; assist in implementation of Police Athletic Leagues to offer an array of activities and services; general programming that supports out of school time for youth;
  • Assisting Office of the Attorney General to develop or expand Youth Policy and Planning Boards in their work to build partnerships and strengthen relationships;
  • Deploy members with County Prosecutors’ Offices or other law enforcement agencies to assist their initiatives on law enforcement/community relations.
  • Developing or supporting nonprofit group initiatives in this subject matter area;
  • Partnering with re-entry programs to smooth prisoner transition back to society by: assisting with resume building; internet job searching; and teaching interview techniques;
  • Implementing/managing a statewide internet clearinghouse of best practice on police/community relations by: researching best practice on initiatives that are successful in addressing grievances and other issues with local law enforcement; creating a database of active community groups to partner with, and, if none exist, advise on starting at least one functional group; compiling a county-wide or statewide exchange to help individuals access services in their communities;
  • Working with groups that are providing or expanding station house adjustment.

Application Deadline: The application deadline for AmeriCorps Competitive Grants has passed. Please check back for information about future grants.

Americorps LogoNew Jersey AmeriCorps Formula Operating and Planning Grants

AmeriCorps is a national service network that provides full- and part-time opportunities for participants, called members, to serve their communities and build the capacity of organizations to meet local needs. The New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service (hereinafter “the Commission”), New Jersey Department of State, seeks to fund local initiatives and utilize the AmeriCorps model to increase civic engagement and improve New Jersey’s communities by deploying AmeriCorps members to provide services in the six focus areas identified in the Serve America Act.

Through this AmeriCorps Formula Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), the New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service seeks:

  1. Operational grant applications that demonstrate that they will engage AmeriCorps members in an evidence-informed and evidence-based approach to providing a service intervention that will result in intended solutions to community problems (e.g., based on proposed program’s performance and evaluation data or research demonstrating the effectiveness of a similar intervention).
  2. Planning grant applications that support the development of AmeriCorps programs so applicants are better prepared to compete for an AmeriCorps program grant is the following grant cycle. While there is no guarantee of future funding the Commission will offer these planning grants to enable successful applicants to receive technical assistance and training and to build an infrastructure that might enhance their ability to run a successful AmeriCorps program in the future. Planning grants may not be used to support AmeriCorps members.

Applicants will be awarded points for providing evidence that their proposal intervention will lead to the outcomes identified in the theory of change (logic model). Applicants shall provide evidence that the proposed intervention is effective for the proposed population and community challenge.

Application Deadline: The application deadline for AmeriCorps Formula Operating and Grants has passed. Please check back for information about future grants.