2022 AmeriCorps State Funding Opportunity

Published: September 30, 2021
Application Due Date: Monday, November 8, 2021
CFDA Number: 94.006
Contact Information: Funding@cv.ca.gov


Grant Description

California Volunteers (CV), the State Service Commission for California, is now accepting applications for 2022-2023 AmeriCorps State funding. Successful applicants receive federal funds and an allotment of full-time or part-time AmeriCorps member positions to help address community problems through service and volunteer action. 

AmeriCorps members dedicate a year of their life to intensive community service in exchange for a modest living stipend and Segal Education Award.  The experience often leads to a life enriched by meaningful service and in many cases, a career in the non-profit sector or public service. 

AmeriCorps programs address critical community needs including education, disaster services, economic opportunity, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. Sample member activities include tutoring and mentoring youth, job training/placement, home visitation, response to local disasters, restoring natural habitats, organizational capacity building, and supporting and connecting high-need populations to critical services and resources. AmeriCorps members also mobilize community volunteers and strengthen the capacity of the organizations where they serve.

Eligible Applicants

Nonprofit organizations and state and local government agencies are eligible to apply. All applicants must have active registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) at https://www.sam.gov/SAM/. 

Funding Priorities

The following priority areas will receive preference in the California Volunteers grant selection process:

  • Efforts to help local communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may propose programming to aid communities in their efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, including outcomes of COVID-19 on student subgroups described in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. 
  • Climate change and environmental stewardship including urban greening, food recovery and sustainable food systems, wildfire mitigation, renewable energy and energy efficiency, building community resilience, and conservation and habitat preservation. 
  • Educational opportunity and economic mobility for communities experiencing persistent unemployment or underemployment, and students experiencing homelessness or those in foster care. 
  • Programs that address food insecurity. 
  • Programs that foster community engagement and social cohesion. 

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications to the 2022 AmeriCorps State Funding Opportunity is Monday, November 8, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. All application components must be received by that deadline. See Application Instructions for submission guidelines. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions received by email or in any technical assistance opportunities will be collected and answered on a weekly Frequently Asked Questions document posted below. 

Technical Assistance Opportunities

AmeriCorps State Funding Opportunity Overview 

This session will introduce the AmeriCorps State grant, including its purpose and requirements, provide an overview of the Request for Applications (RFA), and the application process and timeline. All re-competing applicants are highly encouraged to attend this session due to the new changes in the application submission process. 

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AmeriCorps State Funding Application Forms and Selection Criteria 

This session will go over the application components and the scoring criteria in greater detail. The information from this session will help applicants in producing a complete and competitive application. 

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Demonstrating Evidence 

In this session, participants will learn how to identify their program’s level of evidence and how to support it with relevant data, studies, and/or evaluation reports. Prior to attending this session, participants should review the Request for Applications and the Mandatory Supplemental Guidance section on Evidence Base and Evidence Tiers. 

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AmeriCorps Budget Development 

This session will provide guidance about how to create a compliant grant budget for an AmeriCorps program. Participants should review the Budget Instructions section of the Application Instructions as well as resources available on the CNCS Knowledge Network Financial and Grants Management webpage, prior to attending this session. 

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