AmeriCorps State Grants

Posted by on October 29, 2012

PennSERVE: The Governor’s Office of Citizen Service announces the 2013-2014 grant competition for the operation of AmeriCorps national service programs. AmeriCorps grants support the efforts of organizations to recruit and deploy AmeriCorps members and the volunteers with whom they work to address unmet community needs. AmeriCorps State Program grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to eligible organizations that identify a problem(s) and persuasively demonstrate how deploying AmeriCorps members and community volunteers will produce significant positive impact.

Eligible applicants include public or private nonprofit organizations, including labor organizations, community and faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, government agencies, and partnerships or consortia. Subject to the availability of federal appropriations for Federal Fiscal Year 2013 (FY2013), applicants with high-quality proposals may compete with other State and National programs for AmeriCorps State program funding made available through PennSERVE and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). To be considered, an application must request not less than ten (10) Member Service Years, and the total grant amount request must not exceed $13,300 per Member Service Year. For Professional Corps, an application must request not less than ten (10) Member Service Years, and the total grant amount request must not exceed $2,500 per Member Service Year.

Following the initial review of all applications, a decision will be made as to which programs will be recommended by PennSERVE to CNCS for Competitive funding consideration. The remaining applications, and those not selected by CNCS for Competitive funding, will be considered for Formula funding. Notification of grant awards should occur in the Spring of 2013, with program start dates of August 20, 2013.

AmeriCorps is a national service network that provides full- and less than full-time opportunities for participants, called members, to serve their communities and build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to meet local human needs. Programs may submit proposals that address specific problems of local communities within or among identified issue areas.

All eligible applicants must meet all of the applicable requirements contained in the Request for Applications (RFA). The RFA, which will contain additional information and instructions, is expected to be available in late October 2012 on the PennSERVE website at or at the PennSERVE office.
The deadline for submission is Monday, December 17, 2012, by 5p.m.

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