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PennSERVE Grant Opportunities

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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.


2021 AmeriCorps Grants

The 2021 – 2022 Pennsylvania AmeriCorps State Grants: Request for Applications includes two opportunities to apply:

Competitive funding – Program Operating Grants Only: If selected by PennSERVE, applications are submitted to CNCS to compete with other single state and multi-state applicants. A Notice of Intent to Apply is required and due by October 13 at 5:00 pm. Applications are due November 2 by 5:00 pm.

Formula Funding – Program Operating Grants and Planning Grants: Applicants compete with other applicants at the state level. A Notice of Intent to Apply is required and due by February 2 at 5:00 pm. Applications are due March 2 by 5:00 pm.

Application Documents:


Technical Assistance

2021 AmeriCorps Grants: PennSERVE will host technical assistance sessions on AmeriCorps State Grants October 16 and February 9. Attendance is not required, but strongly encouraged, particularly for new or recompeting grantees. Registration information will be made available to organizations that submit a Notice of Intent to Apply by the deadline.

CCCC AmeriCorps Grants: PennSERVE will host a webinar to provide interested organizations with an overview of AmeriCorps, the goals of the Commonwealth Civilian Coronavirus Corps, and the grant opportunity. The webinar will be held on October 23, 2020 from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. To register for the webinar, please visit Log-in information will be sent to all registered individuals.

2021 Multi-State AmeriCorps Programs

An organization applying to operate an AmeriCorps program in more than one state must apply to CNCS 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 complete prior to the CNCS application deadline.

Please visit to complete your consultation form.