AmeriCorps State and National Grants
Application Deadline: Jan 4, 2024
Awards competitive 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 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:
- Organizations leading service in communities with concentrated poverty, rural communities, tribal communities, and those organizations serving historically underrepresented and underserved individuals, including but not limited to communities of color, immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities, people who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, people with arrest and/or conviction records, and religious minorities
- Evidence-based interventions on the AmeriCorps Evidence Exchange that are assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence to improve outcomes for individuals living in underserved communities
- Veterans and Military Families, Caregivers, and Survivors program model
- Faith-based organizations
- 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
- Environmental stewardship
- Community-based programs to enhance and expand services for second chance youth and/or to engage them as AmeriCorps members
- Programs to support civic bridgebuilding projects that reduce polarization and community divisions; and providing training in civic bridgebuilding skills and techniques for AmeriCorps members
- Programs that implement or expand access to high-quality early learning and that prepare AmeriCorps members to enter early learning careers
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.
Who Can Apply
Eligible applicants include Indian tribes, institutions of higher education, local governments, school districts, nonprofit organizations, state service commissions, states, and territories.
AmeriCorps encourages new applicants that have not received funding from AmeriCorps to apply.
There are 2 types of applicants:
- Single-State applicants apply through the governor-appointed state or territory service commissions. Each commission administers its own selection process and submits the applications it selects to compete for funding directly to AmeriCorps. Single-State applicants must contact their State Service Commission to learn about their state or territory processes and deadlines.
National Direct applicants apply
directly to AmeriCorps and include:
- Organizations proposing to operate their program in more than 1 state or territory
- States or territories without commissions, including South Dakota, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
- Federally recognized Indian tribes
What This Program Funds
Capacity Building • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers
Single-State applicants must submit applications to the appropriate State Service Commission. State Commission application deadlines may be significantly before the AmeriCorps deadline for this opportunity. Contact the appropriate State Service Commission for details.
National Direct 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 Grant Competition
technical assistance webinars:
- AmeriCorps State and National 2024 Funding Opportunities Overview recording
- AmeriCorps State and National 2024 Competitive NOFO Overview recording
- Best Practices for Performance Measures #1 recording
- Best Practices in Budget Development recording
- Best Practices in Budget Development Office Hour 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
For questions and technical assistance regarding
Contact your State Service Commission
Past awards communities received in fiscal year 2023 can be found on the program website.
Rural communities who have received funding include:
- Christian Appalachian Project, Inc. in Paintsville, Kentucky
- Kennebec Valley Community Action Program in Waterville, Maine
- Purdy R-II School District in Purdy, Missouri
- Peer Support for Chronic Illness Mid-Ohio Valley Appalachia program in Washington County, Ohio
- Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Topics This Program Addresses
Community Planning and Coalition Building • Economic Development • Health and Wellness • Health Education for Community and Patients • Parents, Families, and Children • Schools • Women • Youth