Each year, Serve Kentucky grants and administers $10-14 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 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 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
2023-24 AmeriCorps State and National Grants
Please note that the AmeriCorps federal agency documents and eGrants lists the due date as January 4, 2023. This was the national due date for competitive applications and national direct programs. Kentucky formula applications must be submitted to Serve Kentucky by March 22, 2023.
Serve Kentucky Competitive and Public Health AmeriCorps Request for Applications (RFA) Timeline
Serve Kentucky Formula RFA Guidance released
March 6: Intent to Apply due to Serve Kentucky via an
March 22: Grant application templates, additional documents, and
match waiver requests due to Serve Kentucky via
March 27-April 14: Internal and External Grant Review
April 19: Grant review feedback provided to applicants
April 26: Revised competitive and PHA grant applications due to Serve Kentucky via
May 9: Notification of Serve Kentucky Commission's decision to submit applications to the AmeriCorps federal agency competition
May 12-17: Kentucky formula applications submitted to the AmeriCorps federal agency
Late July 2023: Notification of awards
2023 Kentucky AmeriCorps RFA Documents
2023 Kentucky AmeriCorps Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Resources
2023 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 4, 2023.