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AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants


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Application Deadline: Jul 23, 2021

Sponsoring Organization



Awards funding to Indian tribes and tribal organizations to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions and practices to strengthen tribal 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 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.

Funding priorities for AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants include:

  • Helping local communities recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Programs that actively work on removing structural racial inequities, advancing racial equality and increasing opportunities to achieve sustainable change in communities
  • Economic opportunities
  • Education
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Programs that reduce child poverty
  • Healthy Futures as a program model to reduce and/or prevent prescription drug and opioid abuse

Additional information for funding priorities can be found in the funding announcement. Examples of substance use prevention and recovery projects could 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.

Awards typically cover a three-year project period. An initial award is made for the first year of operation, based on a one-year project period. Continuation awards for subsequent years are not guaranteed and depend upon the availability of appropriations and satisfactory performance.

Who Can Apply

Only federally recognized Indian tribes, as defined in 2 CFR §200.1, and tribal organizations controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by Indian tribes are eligible to apply.

Tribal organizations controlled or chartered by one or more federally recognized tribes must provide documentation demonstrating tribal control or charter. Similarly, tribal organizations sanctioned by one or more federally recognized tribes must submit a sanctioning resolution adopted by the Tribal Council or comparable tribal governing body of each Indian tribe.

AmeriCorps encourages new applicants that have not received prior funding to apply. The general practice is to award no more than 50 member positions to organizations receiving an AmeriCorps grant for the first time.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

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

Application Process

Applicants must submit applications electronically through the eGrants web-based management system.

The 2021 AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Mandatory Supplemental Guidance offers additional information on preparing and submitting applications for this funding opportunity.

Additional information about funding priorities, deadlines, and the application process is available in the AmeriCorps Indian Tribes funding announcement on the AmeriCorps State and National program website.

2021 Indian Tribes Grants technical assistance presentation
Best Practices in Budget Development recording, slides, and transcript


For AmeriCorps Indian Tribes application questions:
Live chat

Rural Awards

Past awards communities have received are described on the program website.

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • Chinle Chapter Government in Chinle, Arizona
  • Red Lake Tribal Council in Redlake, Minnesota
  • Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, North Dakota
  • Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment in Gallup, New Mexico
  • Chickasaw Nation in Ada, Oklahoma

Topics This Program Addresses

American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Community Planning and Coalition Building • COVID-19 Response • Economic Development • Health and Wellness • Health Education for Community and Patients • Opioids • Prevention • Recovery • Schools • Substance Use Disorder • Suicide and Suicide Prevention • Treatment • Veterans