Funding Opportunities

Current Funding Opportunities

2018-2019 AmeriCorps Funding Process

Volunteer Tennessee will accept applications from agencies proposing new and continuation AmeriCorps programs for the 2018-19 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.

Contact Zanquetta.Gray@tn.gov to be added to the public announcement list.

Important Dates

Timeline for Competitive Grant Applicants:

  • 11/16 Draft Competitive (new, re-competing and continuation), EAP (new and continuation), and Evidence-Based Intervention Planning (new) Grant applications due to Volunteer Tennessee by 3:00 p.m. CST
  • 12/14 Second Draft Competitive (new/re-competing and continuation), EAP (new) , and Evidence-Based Intervention Planning (new) Grant applications due to Volunteer Tennessee by 3:00 p.m. CST  
    • Pre-Award Risk Assessment information and verification of SAM/CCR registration due from new AmeriCorps Competitive Applicants                            
  • 1/11 Final draft of Competitive (new, re-competing and continuation), EAP (new) , and Evidence-Based Intervention Planning (new) Grant applications to Volunteer Tennessee by 3:00 p.m. CST                                      
    • Verification of SAM/CCR registration due from recompeting AmeriCorps Competitive Applicants

Timeline for Formula Applicants:

  • 12/14: AmeriCorps Formula Letter of Intent due to Volunteer Tennessee
  • 2/16/18: Formula applications due to Volunteer Tennessee by 3:00 p.m. CST

    Pre-Award Risk Assessment information due from new AmeriCorps Formula Applicants
    Verification of SAM/CCR registration due from AmeriCorps Formula Applicants

  • 5/21: Inform applicants of Formula funding decision and provide Application Feedback to funded programs
  • 5/23: Acceptance of funding due to Volunteer Tennessee via e-mail
  • 6/5: Formula and Planning Grant Programs submit budget and performance measure corrections if needed— Begin Formula contract development
    • Supplemental funding requests due to Volunteer Tennessee via e-mail 

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 zanquetta.gray@tn.gov, for questions regarding the AmeriCorps funding process.

Past 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 (Zanquetta.Gray@tn.gov or 615-253-6313).


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 zanquetta.gray@tn.gov.


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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