Volunteer Generation Fund grants will be used to develop and/or support community-based entities to recruit, manage, and support volunteers. AmeriCorps seeks to fund effective approaches that expand volunteering, strengthen the capacity of volunteer connector organizations to recruit and retain skill-based volunteers, and develop strategies to use volunteers effectively to solve problems. 

In particular, AmeriCorps is looking to utilize these resources to support the entities interested in the National Partnership for Student Success. NPSS supports a nationwide three-year effort that brings together experienced organizations to recruit, screen, train, support, and engage an additional 250,000 caring adults in roles serving as tutors, mentors, student success coaches, wraparound service coordinators, and post-secondary transition coaches. Volunteer Generation Fund resources are made available as part of President’s Biden’s American Rescue Plan, and will help organizations meet this need.  

Applicants that receive funding under this Notice may directly carry out the activities supported under the award or may carry out the activities by making subgrants to community-based entities, supporting volunteer generation at these entities.

Application Deadline

Application Deadline: Applications are due Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022 by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Successful applicants will be notified by December 2022.

AmeriCorps anticipates offering a separate Volunteer Generation Fund competition with annual appropriations in the Spring of 2023.

Funding Announcement and Application Instructions

Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF) Updated on 8/4/2022. All modifications are highlighted in yellow within the PDF. Please also see the FAQs for a summary of the modifications.

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) Amended 8/25/2022

Application Instructions (PDF)

eGrants Indirect Cost Rate Instructions

Manage your grant

Resources you need to effectively manage your grant, including eGrants instructions, terms and conditions, individual match waiver, pre-award requirements, financial reporting requirements, and training and technical assistance.

Applicant Operational and Financial Management Survey (OFMS)

Applicant Operational and Financial Management Survey (OFMS)

  • All new and recompeting applicants regardless of funding level are required to submit an Operational and Financial Management Survey (OFMS).

  • Some grantees may have completed a Financial Management Survey (FMS) in the past. The Operational and Financial Management Survey (OFMS) is a different document, and the old FMS will not be accepted in place of the OFMS.

  • The form needs to be completed fully, a response for every question. If there are additional comments needed to explain certain responses, please utilize the ‘preparer’s comments’ section.

  • The OFMS must be submitted as Word Document. All other formats, including PDF, will not be accepted.

  • If possible, please limit the amount of times and locations the document is saved prior to submitting to AmeriCorps. We’ve found that the macros used to extract data from the form can be corrupted by saving the file in different formats or locations.

Technical Assistance Information

FY2023 Volunteer Generation Fund Technical Assistance

Information about this funding opportunity and the application process was shared.

August 10, 2022 Recording

FY 2022 VGF Budget Narrative-Sample (PDF)