AmeriCorps State programs operate through the Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services, which serves as the Virginia Service Commission. Additional AmeriCorps funding is available through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and is distributed directly to state, multi-state, and national organizations through a competitive grants process. For AmeriCorps State grants, OVCS accepts applications from:

  • Faith-based organizations
  • Community organizations
  • Higher education institutions
  • Public agencies

Grants assist these groups in recruiting, training and placing members to meet critical community needs in education, economic opportunity, veteran and military family services, health, the environment, and disaster services across Virginia.

Local programs design service activities for their team of members serving full- or part-time for one year or during the summer. Sample activities include tutoring and mentoring youth, assisting crime victims, building homes, and restoring parks. AmeriCorps members also mobilize community volunteers and strengthen the capacity of their organizations. For more information on National Service in Virginia, contact AmeriCorpsInfo@dss.virginia.gov.

AmeriCorps State Application Process

The Virginia Department of Social Services, Office on Volunteerism and Community Services (which serves as the Virginia Service Commission for the Commonwealth of Virginia), accepts responses to Request for Proposals for AmeriCorps State Formula and Competitive programs. In 2019 the Virginia Service Commission will only be accepting proposals from Continuation Programs and not be accepting new program proposals until 2020. Stay up-to-date on the latest information by signing up for email alerts. Sign up

Have more questions about AmeriCorps? Email us at AmeriCorpsInfo@dss.virginia.gov or call 804-726-7931.

Virginia AmeriCorps Informational Conference Calls

The Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services offers regularly-scheduled informational conference calls for the general public to learn more about AmeriCorps and the RFP process in Virginia. Telephone Number:  1-866-842-5779; Conference Code:  8047267911. Stay tuned for the dates of the next calls.

 

More Helpful Information

 

  • Notice of Non-Discrimination
    This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or, in most instances, religion. It is also unlawful to retaliate against any person who, or organization that, files a complaint about such discrimination. In addition to filing a complaint with local and state agencies that are responsible for resolving discrimination complaints, you may bring a complaint to the attention of the Corporation for National and Community Service. If you believe that you or others have been discriminated against, or if you want more information, contact: Amanda Healy, AmeriCorps Program Manager, Office on Volunteerism and Community Services, Virginia Department of Social Services, 801 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, 804-726-7072 Phone; 800-828-1120 TDD, 800-638-3839 Toll Free; 804-726-7088 FAX or Office of Civil Rights and Inclusiveness, Corporation for National and Community Service, 1201 New York Avenue, NW; Washington, DC 20525, 800-833-3722 (TTY and reasonable accommodation line), 202-565-3465 FAX, eo@cns.gov

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