AmeriCorps VISTA for Project Sponsors
Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2024
Provides nonprofits, state and local public agencies, schools, and Native American tribes with an opportunity to engage AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) members in anti-poverty projects at local, regional, and national levels. Sponsor organizations are responsible for recruiting, training, and managing VISTA members who commit to 1 year of full-time, volunteer service. Projects focus on building capacity, sustainability, and community empowerment to help people raise their standard of living and emerge from poverty.
For fiscal year (FY) 2024, AmeriCorps VISTA prioritizes projects in 5 focus areas:
Economic Opportunity: Addresses
poverty and provide opportunities for persons with
low-income related to workforce training, education,
and other employment skills, including:
- Employment or workforce development
- Federal benefit access
Healthy Futures: Seeks to meet the
health needs of economically disadvantaged individuals
in the community being served, including:
- Access to healthcare
- Food security
Education: Improves access to services
and resources focused on improving educational outcomes
for economically disadvantaged children, specifically
targeting projects in communities with large
populations of students from families with low-income.
Priority areas include:
- School readiness and learning loss
- K-12 success
- Career and technical education
- College access and success
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs
Veterans and Military Families:
Supports veterans and military families with
low-income. Priority areas include:
- Economic opportunity
- Healthy Futures
Environmental Stewardship: Supports
initiatives to address environmental stewardship and
climate change for populations with low-incomes.
Priority areas include:
- Energy efficiency
- Awareness and stewardship
Within the focus areas described above, AmeriCorps VISTA encourages new FY 2024 project development with specific populations and geographic areas in:
- Rural communities
- Native nations and tribal communities
- Areas experiencing deep poverty, which is defined as household income below 50% of the federal poverty line.
Priority consideration will be given to projects that proposed serving populations experiencing deep poverty in Puerto Rico or states in AmeriCorps Midwest, Southeast, South Central, or West regions.
Amount of Funding
Sponsoring organizations provide funds for local operating and logistical costs such as office space, computers, equipment, and training for VISTA members. AmeriCorps provides VISTA members with a modest living allowance and other important benefits, including:
- In-person and virtual professional development training opportunities
- Segal Education Award or end-of-service stipend upon successfully completing their service obligation
- 1 year of non-competitive eligibility for federal employment after successfully completing the service obligation
Who Can Apply
Private or public nonprofit organizations, Native American tribes, tribal organizations, public and nonprofit schools, and state, and local government agencies are eligible to apply to be a VISTA Project Sponsor.
Sponsors must operate and direct the project, recruit and supervise AmeriCorps VISTA members, and complete the necessary administrative support activities to meet the project goals. Sponsors must also develop and implement projects with meaningful involvement of project beneficiaries.
Organizations with a principal purpose or activity that includes electoral activities, voter registration, or transportation to polls are not eligible.
Only current sponsors are eligible to participate in the Summer Associates program, pending the availability of resources. To be considered a current sponsor, a memorandum of agreement with any new organization must be in place by March 31, 2024.
What This Program Funds
Applicants must complete a 2-step process to apply to become a VISTA sponsor agency:
- Step 1: Applicants must submit an AmeriCorps VISTA concept paper describing the proposed VISTA project. Concept papers are a preliminary screening tool used to determine if the organization would be appropriate for potential VISTA sponsorship and resources. Concept papers must be submitted electronically through the eGrants web-based management system.
- Step 2: If the concept paper is approved, applicants are then invited to submit a full AmeriCorps VISTA project application.
Concept papers are accepted at 3 times during the fiscal year, with the following deadlines:
- November 16, 2023
- February 15, 2024
- March 28, 2024
January 18, 2023
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern
For program questions, technical assistance, or
Contact your Regional AmeriCorps office
Topics This Program Addresses
American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Community Planning and Coalition Building • Education and Training • Employment • Health and Wellness • Health Education for Community and Patients • Housing and Homelessness • Veterans