AmeriCorps State and National Competitive Grants
Application Deadline: Jan 6, 2021
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 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.
Funding priorities are identified in the yearly funding announcement. Reducing and/or preventing prescription drug and opioid abuse has been a competitive funding priority for the past several years. 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.
Grant awards typically cover a three-year project period. An initial award is made for the first year of operation, based on a one-year budget. Continuation awards are made for subsequent years and are not guaranteed; they depend upon availability of appropriations and satisfactory performance.
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. The general practice is to award no more than 50 member positions to organizations receiving an AmeriCorps grant for the first time.
There are two 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 or territory 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 one 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.
Tribes may apply under this funding opportunity or may apply for tribal set-aside funds under a separate funding opportunity for Indian tribes to be released in the fall of 2020.
Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process are available on the program website.
2021 State and National Grant Competition technical assistance webinars
- Best Practices in Developing Performance Measures webinar
- Best Practices in Demonstrating Evidence webinar
- Best Practices in Budget Development webinar
- Best Practices in Writing an Evaluation Plan webinar recording and slides
- Best Practices in Evaluation Reporting webinar recording and slides
For questions and technical assistance regarding
national direct applications:
For questions and technical assistance regarding
Contact your State Service Commission
Examples of past awards communities have received are described on the program website.
Rural communities who have received funding include:
- The Rural Alaska Community Action Program's Resilient Alaska Youth project in Anchorage, Alaska
- Hindman Settlement School's ReadingCorps program in Hindman, Kentucky
- Healthy Acadia's Maine RecoveryCorps Program in Ellsworth, Maine
- High Rocks Educational Corporation's Educating Youth, Enriching Communities program in Hillsboro, West Virginia
- Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council's Chippewa Fresh Start YouthBuild project in Independence, Wisconsin
Topics This Program Addresses
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 • Treatment • Women