WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF AMERICORPS FUNDING?

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. AmeriCorps grants provide partial funding to support AmeriCorps programs. Grant recipients must contribute match funding to support their program. AmeriCorps grants are solely for program expenses and cannot be used for general organizational operating expenses. AmeriCorps grants include an allotment of AmeriCorps member positions and the funds are directly tied to the specific number of members. Recipient organizations, known as subgrantees, design activities for AmeriCorps Members to solve community problems and demonstrate impact.

WHAT ARE THE THREE MAIN AMERICORPS PROGRAMS?

AmeriCorps State and National: AmeriCorps State and National supports a broad range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive service to meet critical community needs. Learn more about AmeriCorps State and National.

AmeriCorps VISTA: AmeriCorps VISTA provides full-time members to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. Learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA.

AmeriCorps NCCC: The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps is a full-time residential program for men and women, ages 18-26*, that strengthens communities while developing leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. Learn more about AmeriCorps NCCC.

*The CARES Act, passed by Congress in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, increased the upper age limit for participation as an AmeriCorps NCCC Corps Member to 26 years old. Under the CARES Act, Section 3514(d), the upper age limit for AmeriCorps NCCC members is 26.  AmeriCorps NCCC applies the upper age limit at the time a member arrives on campus and is activated as a member. That means individuals must be on campus and activated as members for at least one day before turning 27. The 26-year upper age limit will remain in effect until further notice

There are two opportunities for applicants to be funded through AmeriCorps. Approximately one-third of AmeriCorps funds are granted by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) via competitive grants, and two-thirds of grant funding goes to Governor-appointed state service commissions, which award formula grants in their states. Both of these application processes originate with Kansas Volunteer Commission. Regardless of the type of funding an applicant receives, the state commission is responsible for fiscal and programmatic monitoring.

HOW DO I DETERMINE WHICH AMERICORPS PROGRAMS WILL FIT OUR ORGANIZATION?

An organization must have the staff, organizational, and financial capacity to manage an AmeriCorps State grant prior to applying. Organizations are encouraged to review the Organizational Fit Finder and to contact the Commission at volunteer@ksde.org to discuss further.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR AMERICORPS STATE FUNDS?

Kansas Volunteer Commission administers a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) process to solicit applications from eligible organizations. The NOFO is available in September/October of each year and provide details on the application requirements and submission details. To receive notice of grant opportunities, join our contact list by emailing volunteer@ksde.org.  Visit our Grants and Funding page for more information.