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Contracts for Services to Delaware Nonprofits, IHEs, Agencies, and Tribes to Address Community Needs

AmeriCorps State Competitive Grant

Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) - Division of State Service Centers


Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #206268

Grant Description

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Contracts for services to Delaware nonprofit organizations, IHEs, government agencies, and Tribes to address community needs. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Eligible local service programs should address one of the focus areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.

Scope of Services: AmeriCorps State grants support a broad range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive service to meet critical community needs. Applicants should respond to at least one of the Focus Areas (as outlined in the 2020 Corporation for National and Community Service’s Notice of Funding Opportunity), which are:

  • Disaster Services: Grant activities will provide support to increase the preparedness of individuals for disasters, improve individuals’ readiness to respond to disasters, help individuals recover from disasters, and/or help individuals mitigate disasters. Grantees also could respond to national disasters under CNCS cooperative agreements and the Federal Emergency Management Agency mission assignments.
  • Economic Opportunity: Grants will provide support and/or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to the improved economic well-being and security of economically disadvantaged people; help economically disadvantaged people, to have improved access to services that enhance financial literacy; transition into or remain in safe, healthy, affordable housing; and/or have improved employability leading to increased success in becoming employed.
  • Education: Grants will provide support and/or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to improved educational outcomes for economically disadvantaged children; improved school readiness for economically disadvantaged young children; improved educational and behavioral outcomes of students in low-achieving elementary, middle, and high schools; and/or support economically disadvantaged students prepare for success in post-secondary educational institutions.
  • Environmental Stewardship: Grants will support responsible stewardship of the environment, while preparing communities for challenging circumstances and helping Americans respond to and recover from disruptive life events: programs that conserve natural habitats; protect clean air and water; maintain public lands; support wildland fire mitigation; cultivate individual and community self-sufficiency; provide reforestation services after floods or fires; and more. AmeriCorps programs support activities, such as conservation and fire corps, which may also help veterans and others learn new job skills through conservation service.
  • Healthy Futures: Grants will provide support for activities that will improve access to primary and preventive health care for communities served by CNCS-supported programs; increase seniors’ ability to remain in their own homes with the same or improved quality of life for as long as possible; and/or increase physical activity and improve nutrition in youth with the purpose of reducing childhood obesity.
  • Veterans and Military Families: Grants will positively impact the quality of life of veterans and improve military family strength; increase the number of veterans, wounded warriors, military service members, and their families served by CNCS-supported programs; and/or increase the number of veterans and military family members engaged in service through CNCS-supported programs. 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, an organization must be:
A public or private nonprofit organization - including labor organizations, faith-based and other community organizations; an institution of higher education; a government entity within the State of Delaware; an Indian Tribe; or a partnership or consortia.

Any individual, business, organization, corporation, consortium, partnership, joint venture, or any other entity including subcontractors currently debarred or suspended is ineligible to bid. Any entity ineligible to conduct business in the State of Delaware for any reason is ineligible to respond to the RFP.

Pre-Application Information:

The proposed schedule of events subject to the RFP is outlined below:
- Public Notice Date: October 10, 2022
- Deadline for Questions Date: October 17, 2022
- Response to Questions Posted by: Date: October 31, 2022
- Deadline for Receipt of Proposals Date: November 30, 2022 at 11:00 AM EST
- Estimated Notification of Award Date: April 14, 2023

It should be noted that this solicitation is part of a two-step process to apply for AmeriCorps Competitive grant funds. The successful RFP applicant will be eligible to apply for the AmeriCorps funding through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity: https://www.americorps.gov/sites/default/files/document/ASN_FY2023_Competitve_Notice_508_072722.pdf.

Applicants must attach a PDF of the sam.gov entity registration.

All proposals must be submitted online. Responses submitted by hard copy, mail, facsimile, or e-mail will not be accepted.

Contact Information:

Apply Online:
https://dhss.bonfirehub.com.

All requests, questions, or other communications about this RFP shall be made through Bonfire.

For Communications in writing to the State of Delaware. Address all communications to the person listed below; communications made to other State of Delaware personnel or attempting to ask questions by phone or in person will not be allowed or recognized as valid and may disqualify the vendor. Vendors should rely only on written statements issued by the RFP designated contact.
John Sullivan
Charles Debnam Building
1901 N. DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720
john.sullivan@delaware.gov

Contracts, Management and Procurement Contact:
Eddie Mui
Management Analyst III
DHSS_DMS_dmsprocure@delaware.gov

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