AmeriCorps supports a wide range of local service programs that engage Californians in intensive community service. We provide grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.
Grants provide assistance to programs to recruit, train, and supervise AmeriCorps members meeting critical community needs in the areas of education, disaster services, health, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, and service to veterans and military families. Grant applicants design service activities for a team of members serving full- or part-time for one year.
Multi-State Applicant Consultation
Prior to submission of a grant application to the Corporation for National and Community Service, an organization proposing to operate an AmeriCorps program in two or more states is expected to consult with the State Commission of the state in which it intends to operate. Multi-state organizations proposing to operate in California must submit an online National Direct Consultation Form to CaliforniaVolunteers.
2016 AmeriCorps State Formula Grant Request for Applications (RFA)
Published: February 29, 2016
Notice of Intent to Apply Deadline:
A Notice of Intent (NOI) is required to apply for this competition. The NOI is due:
Friday, April 1, 2016 at 5:00 P.M.
Notice of Intent to Apply Deadline:
A hardcopy and electronic submission is required by the due date:
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 5:00 P.M.
NOTE: If you participated in the earlier 2016 AmeriCorps competition, you are not eligible to apply for funding for the same program under this RFA. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about your eligibility.
CaliforniaVolunteers (CV) is seeking to fund new programs that engage individuals as AmeriCorps members to address unmet community needs through service and volunteer action.
Through the 2016 AmeriCorps State Formula Grant Request for Applications (RFA), CV will award AmeriCorps grants on a competitive basis to eligible organizations that engage members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. Grants will be awarded by mid-August in 2016 to support service activities during the 2016-17 program year. Successful applicants are expected to start member service activities by mid-October of 2016 and will have 12 months to support AmeriCorps members in completing a term of service.
Desired Priority Areas
CV is seeking to fund programs that can demonstrate community impact and address community problems through an evidence-based or evidence-informed approach and is particularly interested in reaching high-need communities that are currently not leveraging AmeriCorps resources. In addition, CV is interested in service models that address unmet needs for veterans and promote economic opportunities. In the 2016 AmeriCorps grant competition, CV will give priority consideration to programs that address the following:
- Unmet needs in the disaster services focus area, specifically activities relating to drought relief efforts such as:
- Services to improve water efficiency
- Services to mitigate drought-related economic hardships
- Services to educate Californians on water conservation and the drought
- Unmet needs in the bottom five California neighborhood clusters with the lowest American Human Development Index for California:
- Tulare County: Visalia, Tulare, and Porterville
- Los Angeles County: Huntington Park, Florence-Graham and Walnut Park
- Kern County: Bakersfield
- Los Angeles County: Los Angeles City (Southeast/East Vermont)
- Los Angeles County: South Central/Watts
- Unmet needs in counties that currently have no AmeriCorps state presence:
- Lassen, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Plumas, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sutter, and Ventura
- Unmet needs for veterans, including wounded warriors and military families
- Unmet needs in the economic opportunity focus area
NOTE: Applications addressing other pressing community needs outside of the above priority areas are eligible for funding consideration.
Technical Assistance Opportunities
CaliforniaVolunteers will host various Training & Technical Assistance opportunities to support applicants through this process. The dates and times of these opportunities will be posted below. Check back often as we will be adding opportunities throughout this process.
Technical Assistance Webinars
Please use the following call-in information:
Phone: (866) 640-4044
Participant Code: 933450
Past Funding Opportunities
This opportunity is an extension of the 2016 AmeriCorps Grant Request for Applications competition. To view the 2015 AmeriCorps Grant Request for Applications (RFA), visit our past funding opportunities page.
The following documents are required to complete the 2016 AmeriCorps State Formula Grant Application:
Technical Assistance Documents & Resources
Organizations interested in applying for an AmeriCorps grant are encouraged to visit the resources provided below:
- 2016 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- How to Develop a Program Logic Model
- High Quality Performance Measures
- Best Practices for Demonstrating Evidence
- Building Evidence of Effectiveness
- Developing Performance Measurement Worksheets
- Preparing the Grant Budget for AmeriCorps Programs
- National Website for AmeriCorps
- AmeriCorps Regulations 45 CFR Section 2520-2550
- CaliforniaVolunteers AmeriCorps Grantmaking and Program Design Policies