Sponsor a VISTA Member

How Do I Apply for an AmeriCorps VISTA Project?

Public, private, or faith-based nonprofit organizations as well as local or state agencies can become an AmeriCorps VISTA sponsoring organization. 

The application process is conducted at the state level to ensure local community needs are being met. The application process is a two-phase process with concept paper and full application.  Download the application materials below and contact your Corporation for National and Community Service State Office to learn more about the application timeline.


View our annual Impact Report.


Watch the short tutorial below to see whether AmeriCorps VISTA is the right fit for your organization.

VISTA 101

Three members of an AmeriCorps VISTA team

Sponsor requirements:

  • Project sponsors must be able to direct the project, supervise the AmeriCorps VISTA members, and provide necessary administrative support to complete the goals and objectives of the project.  The goals and objectives must be clearly defined and directed towards alleviating problems of low-income communities, and meet the regulations of the AmeriCorps VISTA program.
  • One consistent goal for every AmeriCorps VISTA project must be the sustainability of the project by the sponsoring agency and low-income community after AmeriCorps VISTA project sponsorship ends.
  • Please note: the AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps State/National application process are two separate and different applications and processes. 

Applying for an AmeriCorps VISTA Project

Contact the CNCS State Office covering the area in which the proposed project would be located to discuss application timeline, requirements and procedures. State Office contact information can be found here.

The CNCS State Office will provide technical assistance during the application process. The length of the application process varies, but the average time from the initial contact to a final decision is 3 to 5 months.  

AmeriCorps VISTA uses eGrants, the CNCS online application system.

Already a VISTA Sponsor? 

Promote your program, learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA, catch up with our VISTA newsletter, or recruit future VISTAs.

Marketing Materials (Print & Digital)

Brochure

Program Brochure

  • Order recruitment brochures in packs of 100, or download as a PDF. 

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Spanish Language Brochure

  • Download a 2-sided PDF version of the recruitment brochure in Spanish.

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Postcards

Features:

  • 4 Designs
  • Place for stamp (on back)

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Posters

  • 2 sizes available (11"x17" & 18"x24")
  • 4 designs, comes in packs of 24

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Fact Sheets

Benefits of AmeriCorps VISTA

  • Quick double-sided reference of the AmeriCorps VISTA benefits and application instructions. Size: 8.5"x11"

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Impact Fact Sheet

  • Annual impact of AmeriCorps VISTA. Size 8.5"x11"

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AmeriCorps One-Pager

  • Great for potential candidates trying to decide which program is right for them.

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VISTA Personalities Flyer 

  • Promotional flyer demonstrating a breadth of motivations for joining VISTA. 

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Non-Competitive Eligibility Fact Sheet

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VISTA Review (Newsletter) 

Read our quarterly national publication, The VISTA Review.

The Impact Edition (Spring 2018):

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Fall 2017 Issue:

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Summer 2017 Issue:

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Customizable Recruitment/Outreach Flyers

Customizable Flyer (Version 1)

  • Download and customize this flyer with your program's information. Use for outreach at recruitment events.

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Customizable Flyer (Version 2)

  • Download and customize this flyer with your program's information. Use for outreach at recruitment events.

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Customizable Flyer (Version 3)

  • Download and customize this flyer with your event information.

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Customizable Flyer (Version 4)

  • Download and customize this template to spotlight a VISTA member or project.

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Customizable Flyer (Version 5)

  • Download and customize this flyer with your program's information. Use for outreach in your community and on college campuses.

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Customizable Flyer (Version 6)

  • Download and customize this flyer with your program's information. Use for outreach in your community and on college campuses.

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Customizable Flyer (Version 7)

  • Download and customize this flyer with your program's information. Use for outreach in your community and on college campuses.

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Customizable Flyer (Version 8) 

  • Download and customize this flyer with your program's information. Use for outreach in your community and on college campuses.

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Recruitment/Promotional Items

AmeriCorps VISTA recruitment gear is government property and can only be distributed to the public for recruitment and outreach purposes such as at: career fairs, community events, information sessions, and conferences.  Items are only available for distribution to the public by the following individuals: CNCS Staff, AmeriCorps VISTA Sponsors, and Supervisors. By requesting/receiving these items, you expressly agree to use them solely for the recruitment and outreach of, by and to the public for the benefit of the AmeriCorps VISTA program.  Any excess items not used should be returned to AmeriCorps VISTA at: 250 E St. SW, Washington, DC 20525.

Digital Resources

Logos

All official logos can be found here. Refer to our branding guidance (below) prior to use.

Photos

Discover hundreds of AmeriCorps VISTA photos on our AmeriCorps VISTA Flickr

Collection of AmeriCorps VISTA member photographs.

For agency wide photos, visit the National Service Flickr

Videos

It's never too late to serve. (:30 seconds)

It's never too late to serve (Benefits version, :30 seconds)

Turning Coal Miners into Coders (3:19)

Supporting Veterans (3:02)

Workforce Development (3:09)

Mentoring Youth (3:07)

What is AmeriCorps? (2:18)

AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary (3:24)

War on Poverty (LBJ State of the Union) (1:40)

AmeriCorps Is... (:47 seconds) 

For more, visit the National Service YouTube.

Vintage Posters

Download your favorite vintage VISTA poster here.

Impact Graphics

  • Download and share topline impact numbers from AmeriCorps VISTA. Current data is from fiscal year 2016.
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Find our latest social media graphics at Facebook.com/AmeriCorpsVISTA

Radio PSAs

Coming soon. 

Branding Guidance

AmeriCorps & Senior Corps Official Branding Guidance (2017)

Go Where You're Needed Style Guide

Refer to our "Go Where You're Needed" campaign style guide to customize your own advertisements and promotions using our new tagline.

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