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Each year Serve Kentucky grants and administers around $7 million of AmeriCorps State funding in Kentucky through a competitive grant process. Programs may be awarded funding at the national level (through competitive funding) or state level (through formula funding).

Serve Kentucky posts its Requests for Proposals (RFP) for AmeriCorps State on this webpage, typically in the fall and again in the spring. Kentucky's application materials are based on the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) AmeriCorps State and National notices of funding opportunity and application instructions, but organizations that wish to operate an AmeriCorps program solely within Kentucky must follow the Serve Kentucky application process.

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions/practices to strengthen communities. An AmeriCorps member is an individual who engages in community service through an approved national service position. Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service, members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust that members can use to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans.

Learn more about the Kentucky AmeriCorps Grant Process and/or send an email to join the grant information distribution list.

Requirements of AmeriCorps State Grantees

  • Applicants must be an eligible host agency (nonprofit, government agency, etc.).
  • New or entry-level grant proposals are encouraged to request the equivalent of eight full-time members to be cost-effective.
  • Programs must address a demonstrated community need. Federal and/or state-level priority areas are established each year in the Request for Proposals.
  • Applicants must propose program designs that are either evidence-based or evidence-informed.
  • Applicants are required to demonstrate community support and the ability to provide cash and/or in-kind match for a percentage of the grant funds.
  • Programs must have a plan to engage community volunteers.

Current Grant Opportunities

No current AmeriCorps grant opportunities are available at this time.

Documents and Resources

2020 Serve Kentucky Request for Proposals Guidance--Formula
2020 CNCS AmeriCorps State and National NOFO
2020 CNCS Mandatory Supplemental Guidance (MSG)
2020 CNCS Application Instructions
2020 CNCS Performance Measures Instructions
2020 CNCS Budget Narrative SAMPLE
2020 Grant Budget Narrative Worksheet and Instructions
2020 Serve Kentucky Organization Readiness Assessment
2020 Serve Kentucky Grant Review Tool - Fiscal
2020 Serve Kentucky Grant Review Tool - New or Recompete
2020 Serve Kentucky Grant Review Tool - Formula Continuation
2020 KY Planning Grant Application
Planning Grant Budget Worksheet SAMPLE
Performance Measures Instructions for Planning Grant Applicants

AmeriCorps Regulations 45 CFR Sections 2520-2550
Uniform Guidance Resources
National Service Knowledge Network
AmeriCorps Performance Measure Resources
Other Performance Measure Resources (including Logic Models and Evaluation)
Evaluation Resources for AmeriCorps State and National
How to Develop a Logic Model
Intro to AmeriCorps State and National
AmeriCorps Key Terms
Intro to AmeriCorps Members
AmeriCorps Program Management and Design
AmeriCorps State and National Grants FY 2020 (includes federal NOFO and Application Instructions)
Managing AmeriCorps Documents (CFR, Provisions, etc.)
CNCS Financial Management Survey