As part of Operation AmeriCorps, CNCS is seeking to partner with governments of U.S. cities, counties, or towns; federally-recognized Tribes; Territories, and school boards to engage AmeriCorps members as the transformative catalyst to address a pressing problem. Leaders (a tribal leader, mayor, county executive, or other chief executive of a locality) will identify a high priority local issue that AmeriCorps members can address and solve in a comprehensive way and a relatively short period of time (no more than two years). The solution must be place-based and ambitious in order to succeed in the competition. The solution may be a new initiative or it may use AmeriCorps to scale up an existing successful effort.
Applicants will engage AmeriCorps members to achieve a dramatic and measurable improvement in the lives of community members that could be replicated in other localities across the country. Applicants will be asked to provide evidence that their proposed intervention will lead to the outcomes identified in their theory of change. Applicants are expected to contribute and engage significant community support and resources for the transformative effort including funds and other types of support and engagement from public, private, non-profit, and community partners.
CNCS is soliciting ideas and informal feedback for this future grant competition. A formal version of this concept will be published in the federal register shortly. If you are interested in providing comments or sharing your specific project ideas as a way to improve the future competition, please email OperationAmeriCorps@cns.gov. CNCS encourages organizations that have never received funding from CNCS or AmeriCorps to comment on the proposed initiative.
To read a draft of the initiative summary for public comment please click here.