Funding Opportunities

Current Funding Opportunities

Volunteer Centers

Volunteer Center Grants allow Volunteer Centers to assist Volunteer Tennessee in carrying out responsibilities outlined in its Commission Support Grant. Commission Support Grant funds are to support the operations of state commissions in implementing their duties as required by the National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended and the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.  Primary duties include implementation of the state service plan, national service grant administration systems, recruitment of volunteers for national and community service, and the development of projects, training and technical assistance for national and community service. Volunteer Tennessee calls for proposals from Volunteer Centers to carry out these responsibilities in local communities in Tennessee. Volunteer Centers are defined as an official volunteer center registered with the Points of Light Institute/HandsOn Network, a United Way volunteer center or non-profit organizations that are in the process of forming an official Volunteer Center.

Materials for the Volunteer Center funding application:

Applications are Due Tuesday, September 12, 2017  at 3:00 p.m. CDT


Youth Civic Engagement 

Youth Civic Engagement Grants are designed to involve young people between the ages of five and seventeen in service-learning projects that simultaneously support student development and meet community needs in areas such as the environment, education, healthy futures, disaster services, and other unmet needs. Volunteer Tennessee calls for proposals from organizations that will use service-learning to carry out these responsibilities in local communities in Tennessee.

Materials for the Youth Civic Engagement funding application:

Applications are due Tuesday, September 12, 2017  at 3:00 p.m. CDT

 Questions about both opportunities may be directed to Zanquetta Gray, Deputy Director of Programs ( or 615-253-6313).

Previous Funding Opportunities

2017-2018 AmeriCorps Funding Process

Volunteer Tennessee will accept applications from agencies proposing new and continuation AmeriCorps programs for the 2017-18 program year. Non-profit organizations and government agencies in Tennessee are eligible to apply for funds to operate local AmeriCorps programs that meet locally identified needs in the areas of disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.  See below for detailed information on the AmeriCorps funding process.

2017 Volunteer Tennessee AmeriCorps State Targeted Priority - Notice of Funding Opportunity, Mandatory Supplemental Guidance, and Application Instructions

2017 Performance Measure Instructions

Logic Model Worksheet

Sample Cost Reimbursement Budget

Is My Organization Ready? - assess your organization's capacity to host an AmeriCorps program.

Prime IDs (coming soon)

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Important Dates

  • 3/31/17: Notification of Intent due to Volunteer Tennessee via email by 3:00 p.m. CST.
  • 4/7/17: Draft Grant applications due via eGrants to Volunteer Tennessee by 3:00 p.m. CST.
  • 4/21/17: Second draft of Grant applications due via eGrants to Volunteer Tennessee by 3:00 p.m. CST.
  • 5/3/17: Final draft of Grant applications due via eGrants to Volunteer Tennessee by 3:00 p.m. CST.
  • 7/11/17: Anticipated CNCS announcement of funding decision— Begin contract development            

Technical Assistance Information

Use these documents with the Tennessee NOFO above.

AmeriCorps State and National has developed a webpage with resources for those interested in applying for AmeriCorps State and National grants. Please refer to Applying for AmeriCorps State and National Grants to find information on AmeriCorps.

Information Session Webinars:

Pre-Award Risk Assessment

CNCS Financial Management Survey

Please contact Zanquetta Gray, Deputy Director of Programs, at, for questions regarding the AmeriCorps funding process.

AmeriCorps National Direct Consultation Form:

The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act requires that any applicant proposing a multi-state AmeriCorps program (National Direct) consult with the State Service Commissions in the states where they intend to operate an AmeriCorps program.  Please fill out the National Direct Consultation Form and email it to Zanquetta Gray, Deputy Director of Programs, at

AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Concept Form:

Each year, AmeriCorps NCCC engages teams of members in projects in communities across the United States. Service projects, which typically last from six to eight weeks, address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Members mentor students, construct and rehabilitate low-income housing, respond to natural disasters, clean up streams, help communities develop emergency plans, and address countless other local needs.

Sponsoring organizations request the assistance of AmeriCorps NCCC teams by submitting a concept form to the regional campus that covers that organization’s state. The campuses provide assistance in completing the application, developing a work plan, and preparing the project sponsor for the arrival of the AmeriCorps NCCC team.

AmeriCorps NCCC Concept Form

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