AmeriCorps Grant

What is the aim of the AmeriCorps Grant?

For more than fifteen years, the Corporation for National and Community Service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs has mobilized a new generation of engaged citizens. This year, more than 1.8 million individuals of all ages and backgrounds will serve through the Americorps Grants. They will help thousands of national and community non-profit organizations, faith-based groups, schools, and local agencies meet local needs in education, the environment, health, veterans, economic opportunity, and other critical areas.

Who are Eligible to Apply for the AmeriCorps Grant?

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations that identify an unmet need in their community that will be addressed by AmeriCorps members that the organization recruits, trains, and manages. An AmeriCorps member is an individual who is enrolled in an approved national service position and engages in community service. Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service, members receive an education award from the National Service Trust.

AmeriCorps grant funding is distributed to Governor-appointed State Commissions and multi-state grantees. State Commissions award subgrants to organizations in their states, and the multi-state grantees work through operating sites in more than one state. These organizations recruit AmeriCorps members to respond to local needs. Additional funding opportunities are available to existing AmeriCorps Programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funds to utilize service and volunteerism to stimulate the economy and meet the needs of those negatively impacted by the current economic crisis.

Through AmeriCorps Recovery grants, individuals currently unemployed will gain work experience and valuable skills, and nonprofit organizations and communities negatively affected by the economic crisis will gain critical human resources. Eligible activities include providing job counseling and skills training to the unemployed, constructing or rehabilitating housing, assisting nonprofits facing increased need and decreased resources, recruiting volunteers, making housing resource referrals for and providing legal services to those experiencing eviction or foreclosure, connecting children and families to health care, and allowing after-school centers that have lost funding to stay open.

How to Apply for the AmeriCorps Grant?

Various records and forms required for first time applicants, as well as copy of last audit may be requested. First time applicants must certify financial systems.

How much is the Range and Average of Financial Assistance of AmeriCorps Grant?

$200,000 for state subgrants awarded by State Commissions, to $3,000,000 for National Direct grants.

Where to Apply for the AmeriCorps Grant?

See Regional Agency Offices.

For more information on the AmeriCorps Grant, contact:

Headquarters Office
Amy Borgstrom, 1201 New York Avenue NW , Washington, District of Columbia 20525
Phone: (202) 606-6930
Email: aborgstrom@cns.gov
Web Site Address: http://www.nationalservice.org

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