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One-Year Grants with up to $75,000 in Funding Available 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – CaliforniaVolunteers announced today that it is now accepting applications for 2016-17 AmeriCorps state planning grant funding in support of community partnerships that will engage AmeriCorps members to meet state and local challenges through service and volunteer action.

“CaliforniaVolunteers is committed to helping communities with the power and talent of AmeriCorps members,” said Chief Service Officer Karen Baker.  “This new round of federal planning grant funding will allow for organizations to create new and innovative AmeriCorps programs to address challenges within their neighborhoods.”

The AmeriCorps planning grants provide funding to design and develop new AmeriCorps programs that can address community problems and demonstrate significant impacts. A one-year planning grant can support staffing costs, travel, materials, and other costs necessary to conduct a community needs assessment, bring together community partners to help design appropriate service activities to address community needs identified, develop financial plans to support cost share, and develop high quality plans for managing program implementation.

The optional Notice of Intent to apply is due May 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm and the hardcopy application deadline is June 3, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

Informational call-in sessions will be held on both May 13 and 19, 2016, where interested applicants can learn more about the application process.

For more information, please visit and click the “2016 AmeriCorps Planning Grant Applications” link under “Highlights.”