AmeriCorps State and National Native Nations Grants
Application Deadline: Apr 5, 2024
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 that can be used to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans.
Funding priorities include:
- Programs that prioritize civic engagement/social cohesion, and youth mental health
- Environmental stewardship, including water/wastewater projects, community resilience, sustainable food systems, and food sovereignty
- Education to improve academic performance in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and serving students at Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Indigenous Teacher Preparation, and GED support programs
- Economic Opportunity, including digital skills; access to broadband; infrastructure/transportation assistance; financial readiness; training and access to financial resources for home buying; or college; and college access programs
- Healthy Futures, a program that provides services to historically underserved individuals both on and off reservation lands, including but not limited to people with disabilities, people who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, people with arrest and/or conviction records
- Veterans and Military Families, Caregivers, and Survivors program model
- Programs that provide additional benefits to AmeriCorps members aimed at enhancing member experience and bolstering member recruitment and retention such as paying more than the minimum living allowance, transportation, housing, food, and more
- Programs that create workforce pathways for AmeriCorps members, including deliberate training, certifications, and hiring preferences or support
- Programs promoting the preservation and teaching of traditional native languages and cultural practices
Amount of Funding
Grant awards can be on a cost reimbursement or fixed amount basis. Matching funds requirements vary depending upon the type of grant award, see the funding announcement for more details.
Awards typically cover a 3-year project period. An initial award is made for the first year of operation, based on a 1-year project period. Continuation awards for subsequent years are not guaranteed and depend upon the availability of appropriations and satisfactory performance.
The period of performance may not be before July 1, 2024, and applicants should not plan to start their AmeriCorps program prior to August 15, 2024.
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, authorized, or chartered by 1 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 funding from AmeriCorps to apply.
What This Program Funds
Capacity Building • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers
Application instructions, requirements, and other information can be found in the funding announcement.
Applicants must submit applications electronically through the eGrants web-based management system.
The 2024 AmeriCorps State & National Mandatory Supplemental Information offers additional guidance on preparing and submitting applications for this funding opportunity.
2024 State and National Native Nation Grant Competition
technical assistance webinars:
- AmeriCorps State and National 2024 Funding Opportunities Overview recording
- AmeriCorps State and National 2024 Native Nations Operational and Planning Grant NOFOs recording
- Best Practices for Performance Measures #1 recording
- Best Practices for Performance Measures #2 recording and slides
- Best Practices in Demonstrating Evidence recording and slides
- Theory of Change and Logic Model recording
Past awards communities received in fiscal year 2023 can be found on the program website.
Rural communities who have received funding include:
- Chinle Chapter Government in Arizona received funds for AmeriCorps members to support housing construction and improvement efforts and community education about obesity and diabetes in the Chinle, Nazlini, Tselani/Cottonwood, Many Farms, and Tsaile/Wheatfields areas.
- Families Working Together, Inc. in Wanblee, South Dakota was awarded funds to engage AmeriCorps members to serve as reading tutors and promote the importance of strong reading skills among school-aged tribal children and youth in the community.
- Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians in Red Lake, Minnesota used funding for 12 AmeriCorps members to work as classroom assistants in 5 pre-K and elementary schools on the Red Lake Reservation, with the goal of increasing school readiness and test scores among students, as well as raising funds for education supplies.
- Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, North Dakota received an award for 9 AmeriCorps members to provide GED preparation, academic coaching, and testing services at the primary campus and two satellite locations on/near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The program will produce 20 GED graduates in the first year.
Topics This Program Addresses
American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Community Planning and Coalition Building • Economic Development • Education and Training • Health and Wellness • Health Education for Community and Patients • Infrastructure • Mental Health • Parents, Families, and Children • Schools • Veterans • Youth