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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Each year, Serve Kentucky grants and administers $10-15​ 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 Request for Applications (RFA) for AmeriCorps State on this webpage, typically in the fall and 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 towards qualified student loans. For more information, contact Alexis Matthews.

Current Grant Opportunities

2024-25 AmeriCorps State and National Grants

Please note that the AmeriCorps federal agency documents list the due date as January 4, 2024. This is the national due date for competitive applications and national direct programs. Kentucky competitive applications must be submitted to Serve Kentucky by October 4, 2023. The RFA process for formula applications will be released in early spring 2024. Please contact Alexis Matthews to be added to the grant distribution list.

​Serve Kentucky Competitive Request for Applications (RFA) Timeline

  • Aug. 21: Serve Kentucky RFA and Guidance​ released
  • Aug. 25: Technical assistance pre-recorded webinars released
  • Sept. 15: Notification of Intent to Apply due to Serve Kentucky via online survey
  • Oct. 4: Grant application, additional documents, and match waiver requests due to Serve Kentucky via eGrants
  • Oct. 5-Nov. 7: Internal and External Grant Review
  • Nov. 8: Applications in eGrants will be returned to applicants for revisions and/or clarifications
  • Nov. 21: Revisions due to Serve Kentucky, applications still pending Board of Commissioners approval
  • Dec. 14: Notification of Serve Kentucky Board of Commissioners' decision to submit applications to the AmeriCorps federal agency competition
  • By Jan. 4, 2024: ​Board of Commissioners-approved applications due to AmeriCorps
  • Mid-April 2024: Notification of awards
  • Summer 2024: Successful competitive applicants will be issued grant awards

FY24 Kentucky AmeriCorps RFA Documents