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$5M Available to Support School Turn-around Efforts

Posted By Volunteer Louisiana, Thursday, March 7, 2013


Last week, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), in a collaborative effort with the US Department of Education (ED), released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $5 million in CNCS/ED funds to conduct a School Turnaround AmeriCorps initiative. 

This initiative seeks to use AmeriCorps members to increase educational achievement, high school graduation rates, and college readiness for students in out nations lowest performing elementary, middle and high schools, and is targeted specifically to schools that receive School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds from the federal government. 

Grants will be awarded to organizations that implement programs that utilize AmeriCorps members to engage in evidence-based interventions to increase educational achievement, high school graduation rates, and college readiness for students in our nation’s lowest-performing elementary, middle, and high schools.

Grants will fund projects that address multiple student needs and are aligned with comprehensive school turnaround plans.   


The NOFO and Application Instructions may be found at this site.


The Volunteer Louisiana Commission in the Office of the Lt. Governor encourages all eligible organizations to strongly consider this opportunity to bring much-needed funding to our state. 

This is a very short application window and there are two important deadlines to note:

  • A Notice of Intent to Apply is due Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 5 pm EST. Failure to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply will render an applicant ineligible to apply.
  • Applications are due Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 5 pm EST.

Successful applicants will be notified no later than mid-July.  Applicants will apply directly to the CNCS through its eGrants web-based application system. 

eGrants may be accessed at, and applicants will choose the AmeriCorps State Competitive Direct NOFO option. While Volunteer Louisiana will not have a direct role in the application process, we are committed to giving Louisiana applicants the best possible chance for success.  We will be hosting two informational webinars about the NOFO, key details and a brief overview of how to access eGrants. 

These dates are:Tuesday, March 19 at 1 pmMonday, March 25 at 9 am 

The links to participate will be posted on our website within the next 24 hours at

Staff is also available to answer any questions you may have as you complete your application.  Questions should be submitted by email to

All questions will be posted to at




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