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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 is the national due date for competitive applications and national direct programs. Kentucky competitive applications must be submitted to Serve Kentucky by Oct. 14, 2022. The RFA process for formula applications will be released in Spring 2023. Please contact us to be added to the grant distribution list.

Serve Kentucky Competitive and Public Health AmeriCorps Request for Applications (RFA) Timeline

  • Aug. 22: Serve Kentucky Competitive and Public Health AmeriCorps RFA Guidance released
  • Sept. 16: Intent to Apply due to Serve Kentucky via an online survey
  • Oct. 14: Grant application, additional documents, and match waiver requests due to Serve Kentucky
  • Oct. 17-Nov. 18: Internal and External Grant Review
  • Dec. 2: Grant review feedback provided to applicants
  • Dec. 9: Revised competitive and PHA grant applications due to Serve Kentucky via eGrants
  • Dec. 15: Notification of Serve Kentucky Commission's decision to submit applications to the AmeriCorps federal agency competition
  • By Jan. 4, 2023: Kentucky competitive and PHA applications submitted to the AmeriCorps federal agency​
  • Mid-April 2023: Notification of awards

2023 Kentucky AmeriCorps RFA Documents

2023 Kentucky AmeriCorps Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Resources
2023 AmeriCorps State and National Resources