AmeriCorps offers individuals and organizations flexible ways to make a local impact through the following programs: State and National, VISTA, and NCCC.
AmeriCorps State programs are managed through the Virginia Service Commission and the Governor-appointed Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism. Grants are awarded to public and nonprofit organizations that sponsor service programs throughout Virginia, including faith-based and community organizations, higher education institutions, and public agencies. These organizations assist in recruiting, training and placing AmeriCorps members to meet critical community needs in education, economic opportunity, veteran and military family services, health, the environment, and disaster services across Virginia. Find out more about the AmeriCorps State grant application process.
AmeriCorps National programs are supported by grants going directly to national public and nonprofit organizations that sponsor service programs, Indian tribes, and consortia formed across two or more states. Grants assist these groups in recruiting, training and placing AmeriCorps members to meet critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. For the 2021 consultation process, organizations need to complete a consultation form from America's Service Commissions by January 6, 2021. Upon completing this form, you may be contacted for additional information by and will receive an email acknowledging receipt from the Virginia State Service Commission (and any other State Commissions in states where your members will serve).
- 2021 AmeriCorps National Direct Consultation Form & Process
- Informational Webinar, 4-5pm, Wednesday, November 18, 2020
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) was founded in 1965 as a national service program to fight poverty in America. VISTA provides full-time members to nonprofit, faith-based and other community organizations, and public agencies to create and expand programs that bring low-income Virginia individuals and communities out of poverty. For more information on VISTA in Virginia, contact Lora Grady, VA@cns.gov, 202-815-4983.
AmeriCorps NCCC engages teams of members in short-term (6-8 weeks) projects in communities across the United States. Projects address critical needs relating to: Environmental Stewardship, Urban and Rural Development, Energy Conservation, Infrastructure Improvement, and Disaster Response & Rebuilding. Members construct and rehabilitate low-income housing, respond to natural disasters, clean up streams, help communities develop emergency plans, and address countless other local needs. Organizations apply through a simple two-step process. The first step is submitting a Project Concept Form to firstname.lastname@example.org in September. After review, eligible organizations will complete the full Service Project Application. The campus can provide support in project development and preparing the sponsor for hosting a team. There is no cost to host an AmeriCorps NCCC team nor does AmeriCorps NCCC provide financial support.
AmeriCorps Seniors invites seniors to make an meaningful difference through Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP.
Americorps Seniors is a network of programs that tap the experience, skills, and talents of older citizens to meet community challenges. More than 3,400 seniors in Virginia serve in one of the three AmeriCorps Seniors programs:
Foster Grandparents serve one-on-one as tutors and mentors to 3,000+ young people with special needs.
Senior Companions help 330+ homebound seniors and other adults maintain independence in their own homes.
RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) volunteers conduct safety patrols for local police departments, participate in environmental projects, tutor and mentor youth, respond to natural disasters, and provide other services through 1,200+ groups across Virginia.
For information on AmeriCorps Seniors contact Lora Grady, VA@cns.gov, 202-815-4983.