Organizations identify their community need, then design and implement an AmeriCorps program that will leverage people power as a solution. They recruit, train and manage individuals, called AmeriCorps members, to deliver those services. 

AmeriCorps programs are designed to deliver direct and/or capacity building service.

Direct Service Examples

Capacity Building Service Examples

Tutor children in reading as a literacy coach Strengthen volunteer management and recruitment
Support after-school programming  Conduct outreach and securing resources in support of service activities that meet specific needs in community
Engage in community clean-up projects or neighborhood watch program Help build the infrastructure of the sponsoring organization
Provide relief services to a community affected by disaster or health information to a vulnerable population Develop collaborative relationships with other organizations working to achieve similar goals in the community

AmeriCorps Members

Each year, AmeriCorps members serve in thousands of service settings, including nonprofits, public sector, local government, colleges and universities, tribal communities, and faith-based organizations to better meet their missions. These powerful service experiences also help AmeriCorps members develop skills and passion for lifelong civic engagement, increase their personal growth, and open opportunities for diverse career paths.

Eligibility Requirements

State Service Commissions, nonprofit organizations operating in two or more states, federally recognized Indian tribes, and an organization in a state or territory without a State Service Commission (e.g., U.S. Virgin Islands, South Dakota) are eligible to apply for AmeriCorps State and National funding directly with AmeriCorps.

Public, private, tribal, or faith-based nonprofit organizations as well as local or state agencies are eligible to apply for AmeriCorps State and National funding directly with the state/territory level with a State Service Commission, as a subgrantee. 

State Commission contact info


Responsibilities and Expectations of AmeriCorps Grantee

  • Design or replicate a successful intervention to address a community need that is evidence-informed
  • Develop and execute a successful recruitment and selection process
  • Supervise and train members throughout their service term
  • Track and report performance measures that capture program outputs and outcomes
  • Responsible for contributing match funding to support the project
  • See additional requirements in our funding opportunities and regulations

How to Apply

1. Identify a Community Need

Then, design AmeriCorps service activities to address that need.

2. Determine Your Organization’s Fit for Funding

If you operate in a single state, apply through your State Service Commission. Otherwise, follow steps 3 and 4 to apply directly through AmeriCorps.

Contact your State Service Commission

3. Submit an Application Online

Complete and submit your application in eGrants.

Login to eGrants

4. Await Final Determinations

AmeriCorps will conduct a formal review process and notify your organization if funds are awarded.