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Each year Serve Kentucky grants and administers around $7 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 an eligible host agency (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: 2021-22 AmeriCorps Grants

Please note that CNCS/AmeriCorps federal agency documents and eGrants lists the due date as January 6, 2020. This was the national due date for competitive applications and national direct programs. Kentucky formula applications must be submitted to Serve Kentucky by April 26, 2021.

Serve Kentucky Formula Request for Proposals (RFP) Timeline

  • January 15, 2021: Serve Kentucky Formula RFP Guidance released
  • March 30, 2021: Intent to Apply due to Serve Kentucky via online survey
  • April 26, 2021: Grant applications due to Serve Kentucky via eGrants; Additional documents due to Serve Kentucky via email  
    • Formula Fixed/EAP eGrants Application ID: 21ES233228
    • Formula Cost Reimbursement (Operational or Planning Grants) eGrants Application ID: 21AC233231
  • April 26-May 20, 2021: Internal and External Grant Review 
  • May 21, 2021: Grant review feedback provided, applications returned via eGrants for revisions
  • May 26-27, 2021: Notification of Commission decision to submit applications to CNCS/AmeriCorps federal agency
  • June 1, 2021: Revised formula grant applications due to Serve Kentucky via eGrants 
  • June 1-4, 2021: Serve Kentucky Resolution period
  • June 4-7, 2021: Kentucky formula applications submitted to CNCS/AmeriCorps federal agency via eGrants
  • June 18-22, 2021: Notification of awards

2021-21 Kentucky AmeriCorps RFP Documents

National Direct Applicants

If you are a multi-state program that plans to apply directly to the federal AmeriCorps agency, please complete the following consultation form online.

National Direct Consultation Form: Submit no later than January 6, 2021.

National AmeriCorps Grant Resources

AmeriCorps Regulations 45 CFR Sections 2520-2550
Uniform Guidance Resources
National Service Knowledge Network
AmeriCorps Performance Measure Resources
Other Performance Measure Resources (including Logic Models and Evaluation)
Evaluation Resources for AmeriCorps State and National
How to Develop a Logic Model
Intro to AmeriCorps State and National
AmeriCorps Key Terms
Intro to AmeriCorps Members
AmeriCorps Program Management and Design
AmeriCorps State and National Grants FY 2021 (includes federal NOFO and Application Instructions)
Managing AmeriCorps Documents (CFR, Provisions, etc.)
Operational and Financial Management Survey