Each year Serve Kentucky grants and administers $6-9 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 Applications (RFA) for AmeriCorps State on this webpage, typically in the fall and again in early spring. Kentucky's application materials are based on the federal agency's 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 eligible host agencies (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
2022 AmeriCorps State and National Grants
Please note that the AmeriCorps federal agency documents and eGrants lists the due date as January 5, 2022. This is the national due date for competitive applications and national direct programs. Kentucky competitive applications must be submitted to Serve Kentucky by
November 10, 2021. The process for formula applications will be released in spring 2022.
Serve Kentucky Competitive Request for Applications (RFA) Timeline
October 12, 2021: Serve Kentucky Competitive RFA Guidance released
October 28, 2021: Intent to Apply due to Serve Kentucky via
November 10, 2021: Grant application, budget, and related templates due to Serve Kentucky via email
November 12-December 3, 2021: Internal and External Grant Review
- December 6, 2021: Additional documents due to Serve Kentucky via email
December 8, 2021: Grant review feedback provided to applicants
December 14, 2021: Revised competitive grant applications due to Serve Kentucky via eGrants
December 17, 2021: Notification of Serve Kentucky Commission decision to submit applications to the AmeriCorps federal agency competition
December 23-30, 2021: Serve Kentucky Resolution period
January 3-4, 2022: Kentucky competitive applications submitted to the AmeriCorps federal agency via eGrants
Mid-May 2022: Notification of awards
2022 Kentucky AmeriCorps RFA Documents
2022 AmeriCorps State and National Resources
National Direct Applicants
If you are a multi-state program that plans to apply directly to the federal AmeriCorps agency, please complete the National Direct Consultation Form online no later than January 5, 2022.
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