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AmeriCorps Planning Grant Opportunity - Fireworks image applications due 1/31/2022

Purpose: AmeriCorps Planning Grants enable organizations to plan a proposed AmeriCorps program and develop (or replicate) systems for successful implementation of an AmeriCorps operational grant application. Organizations use planning grants to become better prepared to compete for an AmeriCorps program grant in the subsequent grant cycle (2023-2024). Planning grants MAY NOT be used for costs associated with writing an AmeriCorps application. Planning grants DO NOT receive/provide AmeriCorps members.

Application Materials 

  • Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) 
  • Budget Instruction 
  • Budget Worksheet 
  • Operational and Financial Management Survey
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    Applicants are highly encouraged to review the recording of the technical assistance session via ZOOM that took place on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 to review application instructions.

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    The Commission will make available the following online on-demand courses offered by On3Learn: “Is our Organization a Fit?” Please email AmeriCorps@ksde.org for access code or any other questions. 

    Summary: Organizational leaders will learn if AmeriCorps is a program you can manage and implement; if AmeriCorps is a fit for your organization and what you are trying to do; and if there are other programs instead that might be a resource.


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    The Kansas Volunteer Commission presents five Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) learning sessions intended to provide participants with an introduction to DEI concepts and vocabulary. The course developed by Dr. Bongi Wenyika, addresses the following topics: ​History, Immigration, Assumptions and Myths About What is American; Definition, Dimension and Types of Diversity; Dynamics of Inequality; Understanding Disability by Challenging Ableism Through Inclusive Practices; Raising Awareness of LGBTQIA Challenges in Communities.

    The DEI course will open in Google Classroom on March 29th and participants will have access for one year. This is an on-demand course that participants can progress through at their own pace.

    Each learning session in the course will have a pre-recorded video and a workbook in Google Classroom. The workbooks will contain: activities to be completed while following along with each video; homework and reflective activities to help participants think about what they have learned; resource lists for further learning around each topic.

    In addition, the Google Classroom will have a general DEI resource library with resources that are not specific to the course but are relevant to DEI work and learning.

    The cost for the entire five-part DEI course is $25. Once registered, invoices will be sent the Friday following the registration date. Invoices must be paid before access to the course will be granted. Credit cards are not accepted. Scholarships are available upon request. 

    If you have questions, please email Meg Pearson at mpearson@ksde.org.

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    The Kansas Volunteer Commission has created a Speakers Bureau of talented speakers who are trained and ready to discuss the many ways that our Commission can support you in your community!

    Is your organization able to host a learning meeting where our speakers can share successful service stories, statewide impact statistics, and general information about the many resources our Commission makes available to all the communities in our state? 

    With a goal to present to every county in Kansas by the end of 2022, the Commission is ready to send Speakers Bureau members to answer all your questions about the services we provide.

    We are willing to meet with small groups OR as many government, faith-based, nonprofit, and civic organizational leaders as we can pack in a virtual Zoom meeting! Please let us know when we can meet your community!

    For more information about the Kansas Volunteer Commission's Speakers Bureau and this opportunity, please email Meg Pearson at mpearson@ksde.org.