2022 AmeriCorps State Funding Opportunity
Published: September 30, 2021
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.
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/.
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.
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.
The following documents are required to complete the 2022 AmeriCorps State Grant Application:
- Request for Applications
- Mandatory Supplemental Guidance
- 2022 Application Instructions
- 2022 National Performance Measure Instructions
- Application Forms
- Proposed Site Locations List
- California Performance Measurement Worksheets
- Labor Organization Certification Form
- Operational and Financial Management Survey
- Diversity Questionnaire
- AmeriCorps Organizational Self Assessment
- Evaluation Plan Template
- AmeriCorps Budget Worksheet
- Request for Alternative Match Schedule
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.
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.
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.
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.