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AmeriCorps National Planning and Tribal Planning Grants

Post Date

October 27th 2008

Application Due Date

November 5th 2008

To submit your application, access eGrants (, the Corporation’s integrated, secure, web-based system for applications. See the 2009 Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity for more information, found here: http://www.ame

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Funding Activity Categories

Community Development
Employment, Labor and Training
Food and Nutrition
Law, Justice and Legal Services
Natural Resources

AmeriCorps grants are generally awarded to eligible organizations to recruit, train, and manage AmeriCorps members who address community needs. An AmeriCorps member is an individual who is enrolled in an approved national service position and engages in community service. Members may receive a living allowance while serving. Upon successful completion of their service members receive an education award from the National Service Trust. If your organization is developing a program where members will be serving in more than one state, you are eligible to apply for a National Planning grant. You will apply directly to the Corporation. If your organization is an Indian Tribe you may apply through your state commission, or directly to the Corporation.

Eligibility Categories

State Governments
County Governments
City or Township Governments
Special District Governments
Independent School Districts
Public and State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
Federally Recognized Native American Tribal Governments
Public Housing Authorities or Indian Housing Authorities
Non-Federally Recognized Native American Tribal Organizations
Non-Profits With 501 (c) (3) Status With The IRS (Except Higher Education Institutions)
Non-Profits Without 501 (c) (3) Status With The IRS (Except Higher Education Institutions)
Private Institutions of Higher Education

Public or private nonprofit organizations, including labor organizations; faith-based and other community organizations; institutions of higher education; government entities within states or territories (e.g., cities, counties); Indian Tribes; or a partnership or consortia consisting of the aforementioned are eligible to apply. Intermediaries are encouraged to apply.


  • Award Range:

    $None - $50000

Grant Description

What are AmeriCorps State and National grants? Subject to the availability of appropriations for fiscal year 2009, the Corporation for National and Community Service (the Corporation) announces the anticipated availability of approximately $21,288,000 to award new and re-competing AmeriCorps State and National grants. The grants in AmeriCorps State are: State Competitive, Territories Competitive, States without Commissions, and State Education Award Program (EAP). The grants in AmeriCorps National are: National EAP, National Direct, National Professional Corps, National Planning, and Indian Tribes. Is my organization eligible and to whom do we apply? If your organization works in just one state, please contact your state commission, which can be found here: You will apply to them. If your organization works in more than one state, you are eligible to apply for a national grant. You will apply directly to the Corporation. If your organization is an Indian Tribe you may apply through your state commission, or directly to the Corporation. See the 2009 Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity for more information, found here: If you are submitting a request for continuation in 2009, please see the Application Instructions, which include information for continuation applications, found here: Notice of Intent to Apply: In order to help us gauge the number of applications we are likely to receive, please send an e-mail prior to the deadline to, for National applicants. National applicants should state the competition for which you will be applying. Although submission of the notice of intent to apply is not mandatory, your e-mail will help the Corporation to plan more efficiently for review. More Information on AmeriCorps State and National For more than a decade, the Corporation for National and Community Service—through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve programs—has mobilized a new generation of engaged citizens. This year, more than 1.8 million individuals of all ages and backgrounds will serve through these programs. They will help thousands of national and community nonprofit organizations, faith-based groups, schools, and local agencies meet local needs in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security, and other critical areas. Roughly three quarters of all AmeriCorps grant funding goes to Governor-appointed state service commissions, which award subgrants to nonprofit organizations in their states. These organizations recruit AmeriCorps members to respond to local needs. The Corporation distributes most of the remainder of the grant funding directly to organizations operating in more than one state. The Corporation’s mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. In the FY 2009 competition, the Corporation will give special consideration to projects that address one or a combination of five strategic initiatives, listed below, that meet critical needs of our nation, achieve national service goals, and address community problems. 1. Mobilizing more volunteers. 2. Ensuring a brighter future for all of America’s youth. 3. Engaging students in communities. 4. Harnessing Baby Boomers’ experience. 5. Helping communities recover from and prepare for disasters. In 2009, the Corporation will also give special consideration to programs designed to engage veterans as service recipients or providers. The Corporation reserves the right to re-focus program dollars in the event of disaster or other compelling need. Additional programs and program models that may receive special consideration in the selection process are described in the AmeriCorps regulations Section 2522.450. You can find the regulations here: You are encouraged to integrate the priorities and initiatives into your program design, where they logically align with your organizational mission and objectives. For more information contact your state commission, which you can find here if you are interested in the State grant program. Contact (202) 606-7508 if you are interested in the National grant program.

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