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AmeriCorps VISTA Sponsoring Agency Request for Concept Papers

Corporation for National and Community Service
Jul 1, 2020

Contact the appropriate state office.


AmeriCorps VISTA is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) that provides resources and staffing for organizations and agencies working to alleviate poverty and address poverty-related problems in local communities.

AmeriCorps VISTA members are placed at sponsoring organizations, and serve approximately 40 hours per week addressing issues which have been locally identified as community priorities. The project goals and activities are designed to build the sponsor's capacity to serve low-income communities.

Priorities include:

  • Economic opportunity: Employment, workforce development, housing, and broadband access in rural and tribal areas
  • Education: School readiness; K-12 success; career and technical education; college access and success; and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs
  • Healthy futures: Access to healthcare; food security; mental health services; and opioid misuse, prevention, intervention, and recovery
  • Veterans and military families: Economic opportunity, education, and opioid prevention/recovery
  • Priority populations: Rural communities, Indian country, and areas of concentrated poverty

Eligible VISTA sponsors include:

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Native American Tribes
  • State, city, and local government agencies
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

In FY 2020, AmeriCorps VISTA plans to support approximately 8,100 full-time VISTA members and Summer Associates who will serve with approximately 850 sponsors.

For placed VISTA members, CNCS provides a modest living allowance depending on the county in which the VISTA serves, health benefits, and childcare benefits if eligible. Members also receive either the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or an end-of-service cash stipend upon successful completion of their full year of service.

Cost sharing by the sponsoring agency is encouraged.

Application process

A link to application instructions is available on the program website.

Submit a concept paper through the eGrants system. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application.

Tagged as
Access · American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians · Broadband · Children and youth · Community and economic development · Educational attainment · Families · Food security and nutrition · Housing and homelessness · Human services · Illicit drug use · Mental health · Poverty · Prescription drug abuse · Schools · Social determinants of health · Substance abuse · Veterans · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

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