AmeriCorps State Formula Grants



Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

Sponsoring Organization



Awards formula grants to organizations proposing to engage and manage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions and practices to strengthen communities. AmeriCorps members engage in community service through an approved national service position. Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon the successful completion of their service, members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust, which can be used to pay for higher education expenses or be applied to qualified student loans.

While funding priorities vary by state, reducing and/or preventing prescription drug and opioid abuse is an important funding priority in many states. AmeriCorps projects across the country address substance use and the opioid crisis by supporting interventions, practices, and program models to reduce substance use and prescription drug misuse through education, prevention, and recovery efforts.

Examples of existing AmeriCorps-funded substance use prevention and recovery projects include:

  • Serving with police departments to prevent overdoses and relapse
  • Providing drug abuse prevention and education
  • Building the capacity of drug treatment and recovery organizations
  • Supporting safe disposal of prescription drugs
  • Serving as recovery coaches
  • Providing substance abuse screening and assessments

Amount of Funding

Grant awards have two components: operating funds and AmeriCorps member positions. Grant award amounts vary – both in the level of operating funds and in the type and amount of AmeriCorps member positions – as determined by the scope of the projects and other requirements specified by the State Service Commission.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include Indian tribes, institutions of higher education, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and states.

AmeriCorps encourages new applicants that have not received prior funding to apply.

To be eligible for an AmeriCorps State Formula award, applicants must apply through the governor-appointed state or territory service commission. Applicants must contact their State Service Commission to learn about their state or territory processes and deadlines.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Organizations must apply for AmeriCorps State Formula funding through the governor-appointed state or territory service commission. Each commission administers its own selection process and submits the applications it selects to AmeriCorps for funding. Applicants must contact their State Service Commission to learn about their state or territory processes and deadlines.


For questions and technical assistance regarding AmeriCorps State Formula applications:
Contact your State Service Commission

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Economic Development • Health and Wellness • Health Education for Community and Patients • Opioids • Prevention • Recovery • Schools • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment • Veterans