AmeriCorps State and National Grants
AmeriCorps awards grants to organizations to implement programs that utilize AmeriCorps members to engage in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen rural and urban communities.
For this funding round, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) will prioritize projects with a focus on:
- Efforts to help local communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may propose programming in any CNCS focus area to aid communities as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Programs that actively engage in removing structural racial inequities, advancing racial equality, and increasing opportunity in order to achieve sustainable change in communities
- Economic Opportunity – a program model that increases economic opportunities for communities by preparing people for the workforce
- Healthy Futures – a program model that reduces and/or prevents prescription drug and opioid abuse
- Evidence-based interventions on the CNCS Evidence Exchange that are assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence, including educational interventions
- Veterans and Military Families – a program model that positively impacts the quality of life of veterans and improves military family strength
- Rural intermediaries - organizations that demonstrate measurable impact and primarily serve rural communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure
- Faith-based organizations
- Programs that reduce child poverty
- Environmental stewardship
- Economic Mobility Corps – a joint initiative with the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund to place national service members at Certified Community Development Financial Institutions to enhance their capacity to provide financial literacy, financial planning, budgeting, saving, and other financial counseling activities in distressed and underserved areas
Entities eligible to apply include:
- Nonprofit organizations
- Institutions of higher education
- Local governments
CNCS encourages organizations that have never received funding from the Corporation or AmeriCorps to apply. The general practice is to award no more than 50 member positions to organizations receiving an AmeriCorps grant for the first time.
AmeriCorps grants can be awarded on a cost reimbursement or fixed amount basis. See the application instructions for complete details and award amounts.
A first-time successful applicant is required to match 24% for the first 3-year funding period. Starting with year 4, the match requirement gradually increases every year to 50% by year 10. A table is provided in the application instructions.
Single-state applicant deadlines to State and Territory Commissions may be significantly before the CNCS deadlines, so prospective state applicants should contact the commission in the state or territory where they intend to apply as early as possible. A list of State Commission contacts and deadlines is available on the program website.
Applicants in South Dakota, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands should apply directly to CNCS. Potential applicants should contact email@example.com for additional guidance.
For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.