Group Project Proposal

CLOSED: ALL PROJECT DAYS FOR THE REMAINDER OF YEAR 18 HAVE BEEN FILLED!

The project proposal will reopen for Year 19 in August 2017.  As a reminder, members are not available for service during the months of August and September while we transition program years and train new members.

After reading through the RFP, at the bottom of the page, you may accept to these terms and conditions to continue to our project proposal form.

Group Service Project Criteria

Please read the following to be sure this type of project is best suited for your needs.

Group service projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Scheduled on a Monday, Thursday or Friday (and/or potentially weekends).
  • Available project days begin the week of October 24, 2016
  • Leverage the abilities/skills of a large group (7-14) of AmeriCorps Cape Cod members over the course of a single day.
  • Projects must have a clear goal in mind which will be communicated to the members.
  • The service partner must at least be present for the beginning and end of project days.

Past project examples:

  • Trail construction and maintenance
  • Invasive species removal
  • Herring runs and inland waterway restoration
  • Support for local disaster simulations
  • Assistance with Town shellfish propagation and research

 

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Please read before accepting at the bottom of the page

Project Proposal Guidelines

While filling out the AmeriCorps Cape Cod Project Proposal, please use the guidelines below to ensure your project is eligible for consideration.

Contact Information:

  1. Provide the name and contact information for the designated project coordinator. This person will be contacted for additional information and scheduling.
  2. The agency submitting the proposal must be a public, non-profit, or community-based organization.

Project Description:

  1. Projects should be described briefly and put into a larger context. How is this project a part of your town or organization’s larger community plan?
  2. Projects should be broken out into individual tasks. These are the outlined tasks and goals members will be working towards on the service day(s). Tasks should be focused and tangible. Group projects can vary greatly in size and scope, allowing partnering organizations to utilize a small or large number of AmeriCorps Cape Cod members.
  3. Your project should demonstrate a natural resource management or disaster preparedness need within the community and be an opportunity for AmeriCorps Cape Cod members to meet that need.
  4. Is there an opportunity to involve additional community volunteers on this project?  Projects that do allow for community volunteer involvement will be given special consideration.

Project Logistics: 

  1. Indicate how many members you are requesting and how long you estimate needing them.
  2. Indicate the time of year, specific months, or season that best suit this project. Additionally, please list any conditions that may complicate project scheduling.
  3. Members come to projects with basic training related to their service and the Cape Cod community. Basic hand tools and chainsaws including safety equipment can be provided for projects.  Indicate on your proposal if there is specialized training or tools needed for the project.

Prohibited Activities

By submitting a proposal, you agree to have read the following list of prohibited activities. AmeriCorps Cape Cod members and staff are prohibited from participating in the following activities:

  1. Engaging in any activity that is illegal under local, state or federal law
  2. Engaging in any activity that pose a significant safety risk to others
  3. Any activity involving attempting to influence legislation or an election or aid a partisan political organization
  4. Helping or hindering union activity
  5. Engaging in religious instruction
  6. Conducting worship services
  7. Providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship
  8. Constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship
  9. Maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship
  10. Engaging in any form of religious proselytization
  11. Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes
  12. Impairing existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements
  13. Participating in, or endorsing, events that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation or elected officials
  14. Providing a direct benefit to a for profit entity, a labor union, a partisan political organization, a religious organization, and a non-profit entity that fails to comply with the restriction contained in section 501c(3) of Title 26
  15. Providing abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services

PLEASE NOTE: Individuals may exercise their rights as private citizens and may participate in the above activities on their own initiative and on non-AmeriCorps time. Neither the AmeriCorps logo nor uniform may be worn.

Dress Code

AmeriCorps Cape Cod member attire reflects directly upon the AmeriCorps member as well as the partnering organization. Members are directed to wear neat, clean clothes that are conducive to their working environment, and to follow the dress code of the partner site. Members are expected to look professional and be able to perform their duties proficiently and safely in their attire. Because we are role models to children and their families, it is important that members present themselves positively.

Member Coaching

An important part of our AmeriCorps program is the emphasis on member development. We provide members with a variety of service opportunities and trainings, as well as team building sessions. We ask that each Service Partner also remembers to think of these members as professionals-in-training, and use appropriate moments to teach, coach, mentor, or inspire. Their interactions with Service Partners are keenly noticed and some projects often become the highlight of their year. Please offer constructive feedback when appropriate and take time to reflect with members on their service with your organization.

Proposal Process, Selection, and Agreement

Proposal:

  1. Organizations or Departments must submit one Project Proposal per project to the AmeriCorps Cape Cod office to be considered for project selection. Project proposal forms can also be found at www.americorpscapecod.org.  Proposals will be accepted and filled according to program availability.
  2. Once a proposal has been submitted to the AmeriCorps Cape Cod office, Service Partners will be contacted by AmeriCorps Cape Cod Staff for confirmation within two weeks.  If you do not receive a follow up call from a Program Staff within two weeks please contact the office directly to make sure your proposal was received.

Selection:

  1. Proposals will be considered by the Program Staff and Advisory Board based on the “Project Guidelines” listed previously as well as time availability.
  2. Service Partners will be contacted regarding selection status.
  3. A site visit may be scheduled in order to gather more information. Service Partners will be asked to provide information regarding the purpose, importance, and history/background of the project as well as any specific site rules, safety hazards, and tool/equipment needs.

Agreement:

  1. Members must be supervised at all times in accordance with our grant and for their safety. Service Partners are required to provide supervision if AmeriCorps Cape Cod staff cannot be present at the project site. However, AmeriCorps Cape Cod staff will attempt to provide supervision.
  2. Members will be coordinated and supervised by program staff. Clear objectives and expectations must be laid out for program staff when a Service Partner is not present.
  3. As a follow up, Service Partners must be prepared to discuss the Corps’ effectiveness and sign off on a “projects completed” form.
  4. Barnstable County AmeriCorps Cape Cod Program must be recognized accurately if published on Service Partner web sites, brochures and all other publications and press releases.
  5. As a Service Partner with the Barnstable County AmeriCorps Cape Cod program you agree to attend every meeting broadcasted to program Service Partners throughout the year. This includes: Service Partner Orientation, new member pledge ceremony, site visits and member graduation.

 

If you are ready to continue to our proposal, please read the statement below:

You confirm that you have read the RFP Terms and Conditions, that you understand them and that you agree to be bound by and adhere to them. If you accept to this statement, please click “I Accept” below to be transferred to our project proposal. If you do not accept the above statement, please click “I Decline” below to be transferred back to our home page.

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AmeriCorps Cape Cod is funded by Barnstable County and through grants from the Massachusetts Service Alliance and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Program housing is provided by Barnstable County and the Cape Cod National Seashore and the program is operated out of the Barnstable County Resource Development Office.