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:

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.

2021-22 AmeriCorps State Formula Grant Process (OPEN)Link to RFA in eVA
Release of Formula InstructionsDecember 14, 2020
Optional Pre-Application Conference/Technical Assistance CallJanuary 7, 2021, 1:30-3pm
Applicants must call the following conference number: (US) +1 319-435-1134 PIN: 933 452 454# and/or connect to the presentation at https://meet.google.com/rnn-qimb-run
Responses to Outstanding Questions Issued by VDSS
(if applicable)
January 13, 2021
Deadline for Applications to VDSS
(Submission in eGrants and submission to VDSS)
January 29, 2021
VDSS Application Review Panel ConvenesWeek of March 8, 2021
Governor’s Advisory Board Meeting- Consideration
and approval of Formula Portfolio
April 2021
CNCS Formula Award NotificationsEstimated June 2021
2021-22 AmeriCorps State Competitive Grants (CLOSED) 
CVS-21-030 2021-2022 AmeriCorps State Competitive Grants RFA Link
Competitive Grants: Mandatory Pre-Application MeetingNovember 4, 2020
10:30am-12:30pm
meet.google.com/ntg-uqwg-jsz
(US) +1 260-344-
4335 PIN: 606 420 753#
Deadline for Applications to VDSS (Submission in eGrants and submission to VDSS)November 16, 2020
11:59pm
VDSS Application Review Panel Convenes and Recommends PortfolioEarly December 2020
Technical Enhancements to Successful Applications (VSC Staff with Applicants)Mid-December 2020
CNCS Application Clarification Period: March 20-April 3, 2020March 20-April 3, 2021
CNCS Award Notifications Mid May 2021
VDSS Initiates Subaward Process End of May 2021
Subaward Performance Period Begins September 1, 2021
2020-21 AmeriCorps State Formula Grant Process (Round II Now Closed) 
Release of RFA
https://m.vendor.epro.cgipdc.com/Vendor/public/VBODetails.jsp?PageTitle=SO%20Details&DOC_CD=RFA&Details_Page=VBOSODetails.jsp&DEPT_CD=A765&BID_INTRNL_NO=161745&BID_NO=CVS-21-015&BID_VERS_NO=1
August 20, 2020
Optional Pre-Application Conference/Technical Assistance Call Powerpoint (Aug. 31, 2020)Presentation PDF
Final SubmissionSeptember 17, 2020
2pm
Learn More About AmeriCorps Planning Grants 
Informational Webinar RecordingLink
Informational Webinar SlidesLink
Frequently Asked QuestionsPDF
  • 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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