AmeriCorps awards grants to organizations to implement programs that utilize AmeriCorps members to engage in evidence-based interventions to strengthen communities. In the 2012 competition CNCS expects to invest a significant amount of available funding to programs working in the six Focus Areas of Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures, and Veterans and Military Families.
In particular, CNCS seeks to target its AmeriCorps grantmaking in the Education, Disaster Services and Veterans and Military Families Focus Areas.
An AmeriCorps member is an individual (recruited by an AmeriCorps grant program) who is enrolled in an approved national service position and engages in community service. Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service members receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust.
Applications are due January 18, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Successful applicants will be notified by May 31, 2012.
Intent to Apply
State commission, multi-state and Indian Tribe applicants are encouraged to send an e-mail by December 15, 2011 to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating intent to apply. Commission sub-applicants should not provide this information.
Although submission of the Notice of Intent is not mandatory, submitting it will help CNCS plan more efficiently for external and internal review. Include the name of the applicant organization, address, contact person, and phone number in the Notice of Intent. Applicants should state category of funding. State Commissions are encouraged to include an estimate of the number of programs planned for submission. Providing an e-mail address will also allow CNCS to contact applicants directly if application materials are updated.
Applicants must review the Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity (Notice), the Application Instructions, and the National Performance Measures Instructions in order to fully understand the application requirements.
Applicants must apply using eGrants, our web-based application system.
- Click here to access eGrants
- Click here to view the Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity (PDF)
- Click here to view the Application Instructions (PDF)
2012 National Performance Measures Instructions
- 2012 National Performance Measures Instructions – Disaster Services
- 2012 National Performance Measures Instructions – Education
- 2012 National Performance Measures Instructions – Capacity Building
- 2012 National Performance Measures Instructions – Economic Opportunity
- 2012 National Performance Measures Instructions – Environmental Stewardship
- 2012 National Performance Measures Instructions – Healthy Futures
- 2012 National Performance Measures Instructions – Veterans and Military Families
If your proposed grant will be used to develop a program that will operate solely within one state or territory, and you are not an Indian Tribe, you must apply through your state service commission for funding. The state service commission (commission) will provide you with the appropriate application materials and inform you of its application deadline.
A list of all State Service Commissions can be found here: http://www.americorps.gov/about/contact/statecommission.asp.
Commissions do not currently exist in American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, South Dakota, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Applicants proposing a program that would operate solely within one of these locales should use the application materials found on this page.