Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS)

AGENCY: AmeriCorps State and National Grants 

DEADLINE: A notification of intent to apply is REQUIRED and is due Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 5 p.m. ET. If you did not submit a Notification of Intent to Apply renders an applicant ineligible to apply. 

Applications are due January 20, 2016 by 5pm ET. 

AWARD: The level of funding will be subject to the availability of annual appropriations, which have not yet been made. 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. The grant generally covers a three-year project period. 

ELIGIBILITY: Public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith- based and other community organizations; institutions of higher education; government entities within states or territories (e.g., cities, counties); labor organizations; partnerships and consortia; and federally recognized Indian Tribes. Receiving funding previously from CNCS or another Federal agency is not a prerequisite to apply under this Notice. Organizations that propose to operate in only one state must apply through the Governor-appointed State or Territory Commissions. Each state and territory administers its own selection process and puts forward to CNCS the applicants it selects to compete for funding. State applicants must contact their State Commissions to learn about their state or territory processes and deadlines which may be significantly before the CNCS deadlines and may have additional requirements. The list of State and Territory Commissions can be found here: A single state application submitted directly to CNCS by the applicant rather than the State Commission will be considered noncompliant and will not be reviewed. 

Organizations that propose to operate AmeriCorps programs in more than one state or territory apply directly to CNCS.

A separate Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity for Indian Tribes for either fully operational or planning grants will be released later in the Fall with an application deadline of Spring 2016.

TARGET POPULATION: In the FY 2016 AmeriCorps competition, CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in:

  • Disaster Services – improving community resiliency through disaster preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation
  • Economic Opportunity – increasing economic opportunities for communities, specifically opportunity youth, both as the population served and as AmeriCorps members
  • Education – improving student academic performance in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics (STEM) or addressing student and school needs through School Turnaround AmeriCorps programming
  • Environment – 21st Century Service Corps
  • Veterans and Military Families – positively impacting the quality of life of veterans and improving military family strength
  • Governor and Mayor Initiatives
  • Programming that supports My Brother’s Keeper
  • Multi-focus intermediaries that demonstrate measureable impact and primarily serve communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure. i.e. rural and other underserved communities
  • Safer communities – activities that focus on public safety and preventing and mitigating civil unrest e.g., summer programming or engaging communities that are part of The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention.
  • Elder Justice AmeriCorps

SUMMARY: AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. An AmeriCorps member is an individual who engages 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 from the National Service Trust that members can use to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans. 

CNCS may award a Cost Reimbursement, a Fixed Amount grant, or an AmeriCorps Partnership Challenge grant to any successful applicant, but the availability of a Full Time Fixed Amount grant is limited.