Research Grant Program

CNCS’ mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. Through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, CNCS has helped engage millions of citizens in meeting community and national challenges through service and volunteer action.

Research shows civic engagement is important for the civic health of a community:

  • Civic engagement promotes the quality of life in a community
  • Communities with strong citizen participation enjoy positive economic, social and health outcomes
  • Communities with strong civic infrastructure and civic health can resolve challenges and become more sustainable and vibrant places to live

CNCS strongly believes in the importance of building scholarly research on civic health in order to address gaps in knowledge and provide new ideas and methodological approaches.

In order to conduct credible and meaningful research, CNCS’ Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE) engages the broader community of academic researchers by offering research grant competitions to institutions of higher education that support scholars (i.e., academics, researchers and post-doctoral fellows) and dissertators.  

ORE research grant competitions to date include:

2015, National Service and Civic Engagement Research Competition

  • 7 awardees (6 Scholars and 1 Dissertator)

2017, National Service and Civic Engagement Research Competition

  • 13 awardees (9 Scholars and 4 Dissertators)

2018, Community Conversations Research Competition

  • 16 awardees (all Scholars)


Learn more about the grantees and their research here.

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