AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations that identify an unmet need in their community that will be addressed by AmeriCorps members that the organization recruits, trains, and manages.

An AmeriCorps member is an individual who is enrolled in an approved national service position

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and engages in community service.

Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving.

Upon successful completion of their service, members receive an education award from the National Service Trust.

AmeriCorps grant funding is distributed to Governor-appointed State Commissions and multi-state grantees.

State Commissions award subgrants to organizations in their states, and the multi-state grantees work through operating sites in more than one state.

These organizations recruit AmeriCorps members to respond to local needs.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Most AmeriCorps grants are operational grants made on a standard cost reimbursement basis.

Some of the CNCS grants or state subgrants are awarded for a fixed amount per full-time AmeriCorps member (with the amount of funds being contingent on how many members are enrolled and complete their terms of service).

In addition, some AmeriCorps grantees or subgrantees receive Education Award Program (EAP) grants of a small fixed-amount for each member enrolled or no operational funding (CNCN provides only the Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards to AmeriCorps members who successfully complete their terms of service).

Under each form of grant, organizations receive only a portion or none of the total funding needed to operate the program (which may include the member?s living allowance and other program costs).

The organization must use other resources to cover the costs for operating the AmeriCorps program.

A copy of submitted applications can be found on the website

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service is the nation's largest grant-maker supporting service and volunteering. Through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs, the Corporation is a catalyst for change and offers every American a chance to contribute through service and volunteering.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

A list has been included in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

State Commissions should also be contacted.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Workforce Solutions, New Mexico Department Of $ 256,898   2022-09-012025-08-31
Health360, Inc. $ 1,438,622   2022-09-012025-08-31
Onestar National Service Commission, Inc., The $ 777,530   2022-09-012025-08-31
New York State Commission On National & Community Service $ 7,076,302   2022-09-012025-08-31
Human Services Vermont Agency Of $ 114,628   2022-09-012025-08-31
Education, Kansas Dept Of $ 216,000   2022-09-012025-08-30
Social Services, Virginia Department Of $ 431,995   2022-08-252025-08-24
Boston Medical Center Corporation $ 57,600   2022-08-062025-08-05
Missouri Department Of Economic Development $ 238,643   2022-08-012025-07-31
Foodcorps, Inc. $ 5,760,000   2022-08-012025-07-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds must be used to operate or plan national and community service programs.

Included in the Notice of Federal Funding and application instructions.

Use of funds must be consistent with the funded application, and are subject to the Corporation for National and Community Service?s (CNCS's) grants administration laws, regulations, and policies.

All appropriated funds awarded under this program are discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Use of assistance must be consistent with the funded approved grant application.

See program?s Notice of Funding.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries must be identified within application for assistance.


Various records and forms required for first time applicants, as well as a copy of the applicant's last audit, may be requested. First time applicants must certify financial systems. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. See program?s Notice of Federal Funding and application instructions for information on other application procedures.

Award Procedures

See program?s Notice of Federal Funding and application instructions for information on other award procedures.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


The National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended, 42 Stat. 12501 et seq.; Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, Public Law 111-13, 42 U.S.C 12501 note.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


CNCS does not offer an appeals process.


See program's Notice of Federal Funding.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: See program's Notice of Federal Funding for matching information. Matching Requirements: Match is 24 percent for the first three-year funding period. Starting with year four, the match requirement gradually increases every year to 50 percent by year ten and beyond. This program does not have MOE requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is usually awarded for project periods of three years; funding must be obligated during the award project period and liquidated by the end of the closeout period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

Cash management reports are required.

CNCS uses the US HHS Payment Management System for payments and cash management reporting.

Progress reporting requirements are described in the awarded grant terms and conditions or provisions.

CNCS collects Federal Financial Reports (FFRs).

FFRs are collected electronically by the HHS Payment Management System for CNCS.

CNCS and its grant recipients are required to practice risk-based monitoring and routine field and desk-based oversight of all grant awards and expenditures.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. CNCS grants are subject to audit by CNCS employees, the CNCS Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office, and auditors contracted by CNCS.


Grant recipients must maintain all grant financial and program records for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final Federal Financial Report for the award. This includes but is not limited to all financial records including receipts, disbursements, and vouchers for federal and non-federal costs; time cards, copies of all contracts, personnel records, and job descriptions; program execution and performance records, criminal history checks, and similar records to reflect all activities and spending performed under the award. Note that all individuals receiving a salary, living allowance, stipend, National Trust Education Award or similar compensation through a national service program funded by CNCS must first clear a National Service Criminal History Check and those check records must be maintained within grant records.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $229,068,630; FY 17 est $228,723,609; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

See Notice of Federal Funding.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

See the Notice of Federal Funding.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. A list has been included in Appendix IV of the Catalog. State Commissions should also be contacted.

Headquarters Office

Jill Graham 250 E Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20525 Email: Phone: 2026066905

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposal selection criteria are described in the program's Notice of Federal Funding.

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