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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 Proposals (RFP) 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 Public Health AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps, the federal agency for volunteering and national service, has launched Public Health AmeriCorps, a new partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support the recruitment, training, and development of a new generation of public health leaders who will be ready to respond to the nation’s public health needs.

The program, which is supported by a $400 million investment from the American Rescue Plan Act, is anticipated to fund up to 5,000 AmeriCorps positions over the next five years and comes as part of a larger $7 billion investment in the public health workforce announced by the Biden-Harris Administration.

Potential applicant organizations are encouraged to fully review the information posted on the AmeriCorps funding opportunities webpage. The deadline for applications is Monday, November 8, 2021, at 5 p.m. ET.

Please complete the National Direct Consultation Form online no later than November 8, 2021.

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 Proposals (RFP) Timeline

  • October 1, 2021: Serve Kentucky Competitive RFP Guidance released
  • October 28, 2021: Intent to Apply due to Serve Kentucky via online survey
  • November 10, 2021: Grant application and additional documents due to Serve Kentucky via email
  • November 12-December 3, 2021: Internal and External Grant Review
  • 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 RFP Documents

Documents will be posted by October 1, 2021. To join the Kentucky AmeriCorps grant email distribution list, please email Serve Kentucky.

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.

American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Funding