Managing Your AmeriCorps Program

AmeriCorps is a wonderful, but complex grant, combining both national service members (people) and funding (federal dollars) to allow for impactful program development. It requires careful planning, awareness of federal requirements, and devoted staffing & partners to implement well. California Volunteers wants to work with you to create a successful program.

The resources here cover the major areas of AmeriCorps Program Management.  You should start with our Managing Your AmeriCorps Program Handout, which is a one-stop place for key resources you’ll need from pre-launch to the end of your program year!  Beyond that, explore the folders below for additional resources.  You’ll find training presentations, checklists, templates and samples from currently operating AmeriCorps programs.  We do our best to ensure they are up to date, but welcome your feedback if you see something that needs updating or wish to contribute a resource of your own!

Also, as part of our annual contracting process, programs submit evidence of program readiness found on our Program Readiness Checklist.  It contains links to helpful resources in the folders below.  Continuing Programs (year 2+) have a shorter checklist.

AmeriCorps also has a website with resources and important regulations and updates. Many of these are in our folders below, but you should regularly check there as well.

COVID-19 UPDATE: To support you through this time, we’ve created a separate webpage to host special content and updates. Access our COVID webpage.

Member Recruitment

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Find resources needed to build your Corps

Member Onboarding

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Establishing eligibility to serve, enrollment, pre-service orientation and more

Criminal History Checks Webpage

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Learn more about these important steps in the member selection and enrollment process. 

Member Management

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From member development to performance improvement plans find resources to support your members well.

Member Benefits

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Living allowance, Segal Education Award, loan deferral, healthcare, childcare and more

Member Training 

Member Training

Member Training is an important part of AmeriCorps! Check here for training resources and sample plans.


Site & Partner Management

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Your partners are key to program success – find resources for building strong partnership here

Showing Your Impact

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Resources for measuring and reporting your impact. Includes our Progress Report form, Data Collection training, and Evaluation resources.

Fiscal Management

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Careful fiscal management of your program is critical. Check here for helpful resources.

Additional Resources

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Check here for additional resources

CV Support & Training


Includes our Monthly Call Recordings, Boot Camp Trainings and more


CV Monitoring & Procedures

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CV Monitoring Forms: Contracting, Readiness Review, Member File Checklist, MSA Template & more