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Funding Opportunities from the Corporation for National & Community Service

Posted By Justin Ruen, Friday, October 19, 2018

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is pleased to announce that several new grant competitions are currently underway for federal FY 2019.


CNCS is the independent federal agency dedicated to improving lives, strengthening communities, and fostering civic participation through service and volunteering. Through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs, CNCS engages millions of Americans in tackling locally-defined challenges in the focus areas of disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. We provide grants and resources to eligible organizations addressing these issues through the hard work and dedication of AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers.

Funding Opportunities and Other Resources

Check out our newest 
funding opportunities below, and please share with constituents interested in accessing our agency’s resources!


FY 2019 Senior Corps RSVP Competition

Application Deadline: November 7, 2018 at 5:00 pm ET.

Eligible Applicants: Non-profit organizations, Indian tribes, institutions of higher education, states, and local governments.

Description: Senior Corps RSVP grants allow organizations to establish Senior Corps RSVP programs that engage volunteers in service to a specific geographic area (click 
here for the full list of available opportunities). Successful applicants will receive funding to recruit, train, and manage volunteers, placing them at organizations addressing critical community needs. Established in 1971 and now one of the largest senior volunteer programs in the nation, Senior Corps RSVP engages older Americans ages 55 and over in a diverse range of volunteer activities. RSVP volunteers mentor and tutor disadvantaged children and youth, renovate homes, feed the homeless, assist victims of natural disasters, provide free income tax assistance, and much more.


FY 2019 AmeriCorps State and National Grant Competition

Application Deadline:
 January 30, 2019 at 5:00 pm ET.

Eligible Applicants: Non-profit organizations, Indian tribes, institutions of higher education, states, and local governments.

Description: AmeriCorps grants provide financial assistance to programs that recruit, train, and supervise AmeriCorps members that tackle critical community needs in the areas of education, disaster services, health, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, and veterans and military families. AmeriCorps members help organizations expand services, build capacity, develop partnerships, leverage resources, create sustainable programs, and recruit and manage other volunteers. Each year, AmeriCorps members serve with thousands of nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations, helping them expand their reach and better meet their mission. Upon successful completion of their service, members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust that can be used to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans.

In this competition, CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in:

  • Economic Opportunity - Engaging Opportunity Youth in workforce development.
  • Education - Evidence-based interventions in one of three categories: 1) school readiness; 2) K-12 success; and 3) post-secondary support.
  • Healthy Futures - Reducing and/or preventing prescription drug and opioid abuse.
  • Veterans and Military Families - Positively impacting the quality of life of veterans and improving military family strength.
  • Rural Intermediaries - Organizations that demonstrate measurable impact and primarily serve rural communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure.
  • Safer Communities - Programs that focus on public safety and improving community-police relations.
  • Faith-based Organizations.

AmeriCorps NCCC - Project Application

Application Deadline: Rolling Deadlines

Eligible Applicants: Non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, Indian tribes, schools, states, and local governments.

Description: AmeriCorps NCCC engages teams of AmeriCorps members in communities across the United States. NCCC service projects, which typically last from six to eight weeks, address critical needs related to natural disasters, infrastructure improvements, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Teams can also mentor students, construct and rehabilitate low-income housing, respond to natural disasters, clean up streams, help communities develop emergency plans, and more.

How to Apply: Click
here to get started. Sponsoring organizations request the assistance of AmeriCorps NCCC teams by submitting a project application to the regional campus that covers that organization’s state. Campuses provide assistance in completing the application, developing a work plan, and preparing the project sponsor for the arrival of the AmeriCorps NCCC team.

AmeriCorps VISTA - Request for Concept Papers

Application Deadline: Rolling Deadlines

Eligible Applicants: Non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, Indian tribes, schools, states, and local governments.


Description: AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed to alleviate poverty in America. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve full-time for one year at non-profit organizations, schools, or local government agencies, multiplying their impact and building their capacity to carry out essential projects. By recruiting and managing community volunteers, fundraising, coordinating projects, and more, AmeriCorps VISTA members make anti-poverty organizations stronger.

How to Apply: Click
here to get started. Interested organizations should contact their CNCS State Office covering the area in which the proposed project would be located to discuss application timeline, requirements and procedures. The CNCS State Office will provide technical assistance during the application process.

Please reach out to or call 202-606-6707 if you have any questions or need any assistance from CNCS.

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