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PennSERVE Grant Opportunities

If you would like to be added to PennSERVE’s contact list to receive notice of grant opportunities, just submit our Contact Form and let us know!

PennSERVE provides funding to AmeriCorps programs across Pennsylvania that use national service as a tool to address local issues in key focus areas, including economic opportunity, education, disaster preparedness, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. Each of these programs uses AmeriCorps funding to recruit, place, and supervise AmeriCorps members to carry out service.

To be considered for funding, programs must submit an application to PennSERVE. Organizations must identify the need in their community, how AmeriCorps members are uniquely qualified to meet that need through the program design, and what performance measures the program will meet through its services.

Each year, PennSERVE has two grant competitions, called Competitive and Formula. Competitive applicants are selected through a national grant competition. Applications that are submitted for Formula grants compete for funds only at the state level.


2019 AmeriCorps Formula Grants

PennSERVE’s Request For Applications (RFA) is closed.


Grant timelines change annually. Specific deadlines for each grant cycle are included in PennSERVE’s Request For Applications (RFA).

Competitive Cycle Formula Cycle
September: Request For Applications available February: Request For Applications available
November: Letter of Intent to Apply due March: Letter of Intent to Apply due
November: Grant applications due April: Grant applications due
December – January: Grant Review and Clarifications May – June: Grant Review and Clarifications
Spring: CNCS Grant Clarifications June: Notice of Funding
May/June: Notice of Funding August: AmeriCorps Program Year begins
August: AmeriCorps Program Year begins -

Technical Assistance

PennSERVE will host webinars and facilitate in-person technical assistance sessions during each grant cycle.