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PennSERVE provides funding to organizations across Pennsylvania to utilize AmeriCorps 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. Organizations with AmeriCorps funding develop multi-year AmeriCorps programs and recruit, place, and supervise AmeriCorps members to carry out specific and impactful service activities.


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2023 Grants

AmeriCorps State Program Grants

AmeriCorps Program Grants are available for the operation of AmeriCorps programs. Program grants enable organizations to recruit and support AmeriCorps members as they serve unmet community needs.

PennSERVE’s 2023 – 2024 AmeriCorps Grant Competition will include two opportunities to apply. In both cases, the grant period begins July/August 2023.

Fall funding – Program Operating Grants Only: If selected by PennSERVE, applications are submitted to the AmeriCorps agency to compete with other single state and multi-state applicants.

Applications are due Wednesday, October 12, 2022 by 5:00 pm. Application documents include:

Spring Funding – Program Operating Grants and Planning Grants: Applicants compete at the state level. An agency that is not funded through the fall competition may be considered for funding in the spring grant competition. PennSERVE anticipates releasing the spring request for applications no later than January 2023.

Public Health AmeriCorps State Grants

AmeriCorps Program Grants are available for the operation of Public Health AmeriCorps programs. Public Health AmeriCorps programs focus on recruiting and building a workforce ready to respond to the public health needs of Pennsylvania while providing public health service in local communities.

If selected by PennSERVE, applications are submitted to the AmeriCorps agency to compete with other single state and multi-state applicants.

Applications are due Wednesday, October 12, 2022 by 5:00 pm. Application documents include:

Information and Technical Assistance Sessions

PennSERVE will host a technical assistance session on September 7, 2022 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Please register to attend: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Fall22TA. Additional sessions will be available when the Spring RFA is released.

Multi-State AmeriCorps Programs

An organization applying to operate an AmeriCorps program in more than one state must apply to the federal AmeriCorps agency directly. Programs that intend to operate in and outside of Pennsylvania must complete the Multi-State AmeriCorps Consultation Form through America’s Service Commissions. The consultation form must be completed prior to the application deadline. Visit America's Service Commissions website to complete your consultation form.

PennSERVE strongly encourages organizations to meet with our staff to discuss program development and proposed Pennsylvania service activities. Please contact pennserve@pa.gov to arrange a meeting.