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Volunteer Tennessee AmeriCorps Targeted Priority Grant Information Sessions

 Volunteer Tennessee is holding informational sessions for organizatons interested in learning how hosting an AmeriCorps program can help combat the opioid crisis in Tennessee. These sessions will provide information on the opportunity to apply for federal funds to support national service programs focused on reducing and/or preventing prescription drug and opioid abuse.

Educational institutions, public and private non-profit, governmental and faith-based agencies are eligible to apply for national service funding. 

Interested organizations are invited to join us at one of the following locations  (all times local, sessions last approximately 2 hours): 

January 26:

10:00am-Savannah, TN • Hardin County Carl Perkins Center  •  60 Brazleton St., Unit 6

1:30pm-Jackson, TN • United Way of West Tennessee  •  470 N Parkway, Suite B

January 30:

 9:30am-Greeneville, TN • United Way of Greene County • 115 Academy Street

1:00pm–Tazewell, TN • East TN Human Resource Agency - Tazewell Senior Center • 180 Jaycee Lane, Suite 2

January 31:

9:00am– Knoxville, TN • Knox County Health Department  • 140 Dameron Ave

February 1:

9:00am– Chattanooga, TN • The Hamilton County Coalition • 804 Central Avenue

Please RSVP by visiting: www.surveymonkey.com/r/TargetedInfoRSVP

Contact Stephanie Houghton at 615-741-9237 or Stephanie.Houghton@tn.gov with any questions about the information sessions.

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 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.


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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