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Managing AmeriCorps Grants

AmeriCorps State and National

Rules, regulations, and provisions

Certain key provisions and rules including the single match are only represented in appropriations language.

Other valuable ASN resources

AmeriCorps VISTA

  • For current AmeriCorps VISTA guidance, please click here.

Grantee Progress Reports

CNCS requires regular reporting of grant activities.

2018 AmeriCorps State and National Member Enrollment

On May 30, 2018, AmeriCorps State and National issued guidance on enrolling AmeriCorps members in the 2018-2019 grant year. The effective date for this policy is July 2, 2018. The policy memo and a presentation to illustrate key changes in 2018 are provided below.

Identity and Citizenship Verification Process

To serve in an approved AmeriCorps position, an individual must be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent alien of the United States (42 U.S.C. 12602(a)(3)).  CNCS provides an automated system through which an individual's information can be verified by the Social Security Administration. 

  • Visit the FAQ page for more details about this system. 

National Service Criminal History Checks

The Corporation for National and Community Service has issued regulations requiring grantees to conduct and document National Service Criminal History Checks on AmeriCorps State and National program participants and staff members, as well as on participants in other Corporation programs.

Financial Management

Federal Financial Management and Grant Administration Requirements

As with all federal grant programs, it is the responsibility of all grantees funded by CNCS to ensure appropriate stewardship of federal funds entrusted to them. Under our regulations, each grantee must maintain financial management systems that provide accurate, current, and complete disclosure of the financial results of its program. To meet this requirement, you must have adequate accounting practices and procedures, internal controls, audit trails, and cost allocation procedures. OMB Circular A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, requires all organizations to have financial audits if they annually expend $500,000 or more under federal awards. Single Audit threshold will change on 12/26/14 – via the OmniCircular to $750,000 (from $500,000). This requirement applies to the organization’s total expenditures each fiscal year under all of its federal awards, not just an AmeriCorps grant.

 Awards made on or after December 26, 2014 will be covered by the new "OminCircular" entitled Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

Federal Financial Report (FFR)

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has implemented the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) new government-wide financial reporting form, the Federal Financial Report (FFR). The new FFR combines data that CNCS grantees report on two separate forms: the Federal Cash Transaction Report to HHS (FCTR, also known as the “272”) and the Financial Status Report to CNCS (FSR, also known as the “269”). The FFR includes data fields to specifically report program income. For more information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions document.

Financial Monitoring

Grantees who are responsible for the financial compliance of subgrantees need to have a clear understanding of the basic concepts of financial monitoring. This interactive 45-minute course provides a high-level overview of the essential components of a financial monitoring plan: assessing risk, selecting monitoring methods, identifying issues, and taking corrective action.

Closeout Documents and Instructions

CNCS grants usually are awarded for a three-year project period, consisting of three yearly budget periods. CNCS direct grantees are responsible for meeting the submission deadlines for closeout. Closeout documents are due to your corporation Grants Officer no later than 90 days after the expiration of the Project Period. Read the Closeout Instructions document to fully understand the requirements.

Grant Management Resources


CNCS uses its own online project management process, eGrants, for AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps VISTA and RSVP applications.  

Learning and Best Practices

The Knowledge Network is the national service hub for sharing training and technical assistance information among CNCS programs. Much of this content has been generated by specialized training and technical assistance providers funded by CNCS to help volunteer and service programs succeed and thrive.

Civil Rights/Equal Opportunity Requirements

As with all federal grant programs, you must ensure that your programs or activities, including those of any sub-grantees, will be conducted, and facilities operated, in compliance with the applicable civil rights statutes and their implementing regulations. You must obtain assurances of such compliance prior to extending federal financial assistance to sub-grantees. For civil rights purposes, all programs and projects funded or receiving service members under the National and Community Service Act, as amended, are programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. Please see the attachment at the end of the Grantee General Terms and Conditions for specific requirements.




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