AmeriCorps State and National Grants

Funding Agency:
Corporation for National and Community Service

The mission of CNCS is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. Through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, CNCS has helped to engage millions of citizens in meeting community and national challenges through service and volunteer action.

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.

Deadline: Jan. 6, 2021

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Areas of Interest

CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in the following areas: 

  • 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. 
  • Education – see sixth bullet.
  • 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.

  • 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 FinancialInstitutions 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.

Eligibility Requirements

The following Non-Federal entities (as defined in 2 CFR §200.69) who have DUNS numbers and are registered in System for Award Management (SAM) are eligible to apply:

  • Indian Tribes (2 CFR §200.54)
  • Institutions of higher education (2 CFR §200.54)
  • Local governments (2 CFR §200.64)
  • Nonprofit organizations (2 CFR §200.70)
  • States (2 CFR §200.90) 

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

January 6, 2021