AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations that identify an unmet need in their community that will be addressed by AmeriCorps members that the organization recruits, trains, and manages. An AmeriCorps member is an individual who is enrolled in an approved national service position and engages in community service. Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service, members receive an education award from the National Service Trust. AmeriCorps grant funding is distributed to Governor-appointed State Commissions and multi-state grantees. State Commissions award subgrants to organizations in their states, and the multi-state grantees work through operating sites in more than one state. These organizations recruit AmeriCorps members to respond to local needs.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Corporation For National and Community Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, Public Law 111-13, 42 U.S.C. 12501 note.
The National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended, Statute 42,12501 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Use of assistance must be consistent with the funded approved grant application. See program's Notice of Funding.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiaries must be identified within application for assistance.
Various records and forms required for first time applicants, as well as a copy of the applicant's last audit, may be requested. First time applicants must certify financial systems.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. See program's Notice of Federal Funding and application instructions for information on other application procedures.
Award Procedure
See program's Notice of Federal Funding and application instructions for information on other award procedures.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
CNCS does not offer an appeals process.
See program's Notice of Federal Funding.
How are proposals selected?
Proposal selection criteria are described in the program's Notice of Federal Funding.
How may assistance be used?
Funds must be used to operate or plan national and community service programs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: CNCS and its grant recipients are required to practice risk-based monitoring and routine field and desk-based oversight of all grant awards and expenditures.
CNCS grants are subject to audit by CNCS employees, the CNCS Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office, and auditors contracted by CNCS.
Grant recipients must maintain all grant financial and program records for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final Federal Financial Report for the award. This includes but is not limited to all financial records including receipts, disbursements, and vouchers for federal and non-federal costs; time cards, copies of all contracts, personnel records, and job descriptions; program execution and performance records, criminal history checks, and similar records to reflect all activities and spending performed under the award. Note that all individuals receiving a salary, living allowance, stipend, National Trust Education Award or similar compensation through a national service program funded by CNCS must first clear a National Service Criminal History Check and those check records must be maintained within grant records.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. Match is 24 percent for the first three-year funding period. Starting with year four, the match requirement gradually increases every year to 50 percent by year ten and beyond.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is usually awarded for project periods of three years; funding must be obligated during the award project period and liquidated by the end of the closeout period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
A list has been included in Appendix IV of the Catalog. State Commissions should also be contacted.
Headquarters Office
Arminda Pappas
250 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20525 USA
Phone: 202-606-6659
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$387,399,162.00; FY 19 est $412,107,589.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$228,723,609.00; FY 16$229,068,630.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
See Notice of Federal Funding.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See the Notice of Federal Funding.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 Most AmeriCorps grants are operational grants made on a standard cost reimbursement basis. Some of the CNCS grants or state subgrants are awarded for a fixed amount per full-time AmeriCorps member (with the amount of funds being contingent on how many members are enrolled and complete their terms of service). In addition, some AmeriCorps grantees or subgrantees receive Education Award Program (EAP) grants of a small fixed-amount for each member enrolled or no operational funding (CNCN provides only the Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards to AmeriCorps members who successfully complete their terms of service). Under each form of grant, organizations receive only a portion or none of the total funding needed to operate the program (which may include the member’s living allowance and other program costs). The organization must use other resources to cover the costs for operating the AmeriCorps program. A copy of submitted applications can be found on the website


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