Founded in 1965, Volunteers in Service to America, known as "VISTA," is a federal anti-poverty national service program designed to provide resources to nonprofit organizations and public agencies to address poverty and poverty-related problems in the United States.
2023 AmeriCorps VISTA Priorities
AmeriCorps VISTA seeks to prioritize investment of national service resources in the following areas:
- Economic Opportunity
- Healthy Futures
- Veterans and Military Families
- Environmental Stewardship
- Priority Populations: Areas of Deep Poverty, Rural Communities, and Indian Country.
- Additional priority consideration for projects that work in the above areas and populations that address issues of racial equity
VISTA Concept Paper and Application Process
- Step 1: AmeriCorps VISTA Concept Paper
Organizations submit an AmeriCorps VISTA concept paper via eGrants. The concept paper is a preliminary screening tool that AmeriCorps uses to evaluate whether the organization would be an appropriate VISTA sponsor and if the proposed project meets core criteria.
- Step 2: AmeriCorps VISTA Project Application
If the concept paper is accepted, the organization is invited to submit a full AmeriCorps VISTA Project Application, which includes additional narratives and performance measures.
Concept Paper Deadline
AmeriCorps will accept concept papers at four times during the fiscal year The deadline for the current cycle is Wednesday, January 18, 2023. Review the Annual Guidance, for additional cycles and their corresponding deadlines.
Guidance and Instructions
2023 Annual Program Guidance for Current and Potential Project Sponsors (PDF)
AmeriCorps VISTA Concept Paper Instructions (PDF)
AmeriCorps VISTA Application Instructions (PDF)
AmeriCorps VISTA Standard Budget Instructions (PDF)
AmeriCorps VISTA Support Budget Instructions (PDF)
AmeriCorps VISTA Performance Measure Instructions (PDF)
Resources for Applicants
Training and Technical Assistance Calls & Webinars
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2022 Request for Concept Papers
During this live session, we will review what AmeriCorps VISTA is, what it can and can’t do for your organization, and how to begin the application process.
Live Call Dates and Time:
- Cycle 1: Thursday, October 6, 2022, 3:00-4:30 PM ET
- Cycle 2: Thursday, December 8, 2022, 3:00-4:30 PM ET
- Cycle 3: Thursday, March 2, 2023, 3:00-4:30 PM ET
- Cycle 4: Thursday, May 4, 2023, 3:00-4:30 PM ET
How to Prepare an AmeriCorps VISTA Project Application
This OnDemand webinar provides tips and best practices in preparing an AmeriCorps VISTA Project Application (Step 2 of the Request for Concept Paper process).
AmeriCorps National Performance Measurement Core Curriculum
This OnDemand series will help you understand Performance Measurement in the context of AmeriCorps programming. You will learn AmeriCorps approach to performance measurement and how performance measures will be used to tell the National Service story.
Please note that local AmeriCorps Regional Offices may conduct additional webinars. To email staff handling programming in your state, email the two-letter state abbreviation followed by @cns.gov (e.g., MD@cns.gov or CA@cns.gov).
If you are having technical difficulties with creating an account or preparing or submitting the Concept Paper in eGrants, please contact the AmeriCorps Hotline at (800)942-2677 or via Questions.
For all other application questions, please contact VISTA@americorps.gov.