AmeriCorps Grant Application Process

Is your organization looking for a way to expand service in your community?
A Virginia AmeriCorps State program may be just what you're looking for!

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, and public agencies. Grants assist these groups in recruiting, training and placing members to meet critical community needs in Education, Economic Opportunity, Veterans and Military Families, Healthy Futures, the Environment, and Disaster Services.

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. 

Want to learn more? Here are some quick links to help you learn more:

The Virginia Department of Social Services, Office on Volunteerism and Community Services accepts responses to Request for Proposals for AmeriCorps State Formula and Competitive programs. 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 Samantha Lukasiewicz at 804-726-7925.

Learn More About AmeriCorps Planning Grants 
Informational Webinar RecordingLink
Informational Webinar SlidesLink
Frequently Asked QuestionsPDF
2020-21 AmeriCorps State Formula Grant Process (CLOSED) 
Release of Formula InstructionsDecember 12, 2019
Optional Pre-Application Conference/Technical Assistance CallJanuary 3, 2020
Powerpoint PDF
Final Submission
Alternative RFA Checklist
Data Collection & Management Plan Template
Data Security Checklist
Certification of Availability of Matching Funds
Certification of Approval of Use of Federal Funds
Certification of Organization Authorization
Certification Regarding Lobbying
FFATA Form
COVA W-9 Form
State Corporation Form
Budget Worksheet
January 22, 2020
Evaluation Committee to Review Applications and Oral Presentation (if applicable)Early March 2020
Formula Clarifications due to Applicants from Virginia Service CommissionMarch 2020
2020-21 AmeriCorps State Competitive Grants (CLOSED) 
Competitive Grants: Mandatory Pre-Application MeetingOctober 15, 2019
Deadline for Applications to VDSS (Submission in eGrants and submission to VDSS)November 4, 2019
VDSS Application Review Panel Convenes and Recommends PortfolioEarly December 2019
Technical Enhancements to Successful Applications (VSC Staff with Applicants)Mid-December 2019
CNCS Application Clarification Period: March 20-April 3, 2020
CNCS Award Notifications May 1, 2020
VDSS Initiates Subaward Process Early May 2020
Subaward Performance Period Begins September 1, 2020

 

  • 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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