AmeriCorps Volunteer Generation Fund 94.021


The Volunteer Generation Fund focuses on investments in volunteer management practices that strengthens nonprofit organizations and other entitys ability to increase recruitment and retention of volunteers to meet critical community needs through service. AmeriCorps seeks to fund effective approaches that expand volunteering, strengthen the capacity of volunteer connector organizations to recruit and retain skill-based volunteers, and develop strategies to use volunteers effectively to solve community problems.

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
Fiscal Year 2022 The Volunteer Generation Fund, authorized in 2009 under the Edward M Kennedy Serve America Act, supports organizations to boost the impact of volunteers on critical community needs by strengthening their recruitment and retention of volunteers. In Fiscal Year 2022, Volunteer Generation Fund grantees and subgrantees recruited more than 200,000 volunteers who served over 1.5 million hours in their communities.
Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, Public Law 111-13
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Use of assistance must be consistent with the funded, approved grant application.
Beneficiary Eligibility
See application requirements found in the Notice of Federal Funding and application instructions. Various records and forms are required for first time applicants, and a copy of the applicant's last audit may be requested. First time applicants must certify financial systems. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
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 award procedures.
Notice of Funding Opportunities, with important dates and deadlines, are listed here:
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. See program's Notice of Federal Funding.
AmeriCorps 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?
See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity. Restrictions on use of funds are described in the program’s Notice of Funding Opportunity. Use of funds must be consistent with the funded application, and are subject to AmeriCorps’ grants administration laws, regulations, and policies. All appropriated funds awarded under this program are discretionary.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: AmeriCorps and its grant recipients are required to practice risk-based monitoring, and routine field and desk-based oversight of all grant awards and expenditures.
AmeriCorps grants are subject to audit by AmeriCorps employees, the AmeriCorps Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office, and auditors contracted by the AmeriCorps.
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 or similar compensation through a national service program funded by AmeriCorps 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: Title Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act Chapter Subtitle H Part Sec. 1808 Clearinghouses Subpart Sec. 198P Volunteer Generation Fund Public Law 111-13 Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act

Matching is voluntary. See program’s Notice of Federal Funding.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is usually awarded for project periods of three or more 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 sum Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Notice of Funding Opportunities are listed here:
Headquarters Office
Emily Stock
250 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20525 USA
Phone: 202-606-3836
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$6,132,579.00; FY 23 est $8,049,000.00; FY 24 est $8,049,000.00; FY 21$6,150,977.00; FY 20$6,063,277.00; FY 19$5,145,173.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
See program's Notice of Federal Funding for matching information.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See program's Notice of Federal Funding for specific regulations and guidelines.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 Please see the transparency section at for examples of funded projects.
Fiscal Year 2022 Volunteer Generation Fund grantees recruited and managed a total of 202,477 volunteers who served 1,530,719.5 hours in FY 22. VGF grantees also provided capacity-building services to 22,550 organizations, of whom 6,294 increased their efficiency, effectiveness, and/or program reach.
Fiscal Year 2023 HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) leveraged the Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) grant of $534,651 to support 150 organizations in alignment with the VGF focus areas of High Impact Tutoring and Mentoring, Removing Racial Inequities and Increasing Opportunity, Volunteer Capacity Building, Professionalism of Volunteer Engagement, Skills-based & Pro-Bono Volunteerism, and meeting additional pressing community needs. VGF will support increased capacity for volunteer management by providing training, webinars, communities of practice, and technical assistance supporting 150 organizations to increase the effectiveness of volunteer management practices and build organizational capacity. HOSC will support 250 students in improving their academic engagement or social-emotional skills.


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