America's Service Commissions is pleased to support the national service field by providing one form for multi-state applicants (National Directs) applying for an AmeriCorps grant to initiate their consultation with participating state service commissions.
Why Consultation? 
As part of the Serve America Act, National Direct Consultation was established to help increase collaboration and coordination among national service programs, which in turn supports the efficient use of national service funds in each state.

Consultation is a requirement outlined in the FY20 AmeriCorps NOFO for new, recompete and continuation applicants.

State service commissions use the information provided through the National Direct Consultation process to provide input to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) on funding decisions that may impact their state, as well as provide feedback/recommendations to the National Direct applicant. CNCS asks each commission to provide their input on each National Direct applicant proposing to place members in the state by selecting “support,” “neutral,” or “do not support,” along with any comments associated with the opinion submitted.

This form and the accompanying requested documents are due in advance of the FY20 AmeriCorps NOFO application deadline established by the Corporation for National and Community Service, January 8, 2020. Consultation requirements may vary by state. Consultation is not completed unless you meet all the requirements by an individual state service commission. Upon completing this form, you may be contacted for additional information. When possible, it is encouraged that applicants initiate consultation with state service commissions as soon as possible.

Instructions for completing National Direct Consultation Form:
Please fill out all sections to the best of your ability.
In the provided section, select the states/territories you are planning to request/place members in your AmeriCorps National application. By submitting this form you are initiating the consultation process as outlined in the FY20 AmeriCorps State/National NOFO for all states/territories with the exception of Guam, Hawaii, Missouri, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Tennessee. Contact these commissions directly for instructions on initiating and completing consultation. For all other states, you only need to submit this form once to initiate consultation.

The state service commissions in the states/territories you selected will review the information you provided and may reach out with follow up questions or additional requirements to complete consultation. Please be responsive to any questions, as they will use the information provided in this form, along with additional information requested, to complete their required feedback to the CNCS regarding your application. 

Form Completion 
Upon successful completion of this form you will see "Thank you for initiating consultation for the selected state service commissions."

You should receive an email acknowledging receipt from the state service commission(s) you selected to initiate consultation in the coming weeks.