2020 AmeriCorps Grant Application Process

Serve Colorado is excited to open a Planning Grant Competition for those organizations ready to apply for a full AmeriCorps program. 

See Application Resources below!

The Planning Grant competition provides funding to support the design of an AmeriCorps program and the preparation needed for an organization to manage a federal AmeriCorps implementation grant successfully. Planning grants provide successful applicants with resources needed to develop program components, including program design, and to build operational capacity critical to managing an AmeriCorps program. Grant recipients also receive training and technical assistance from Serve Colorado to strengthen their AmeriCorps program design and to create implementation plans and systems for managing a compliant AmeriCorps program. Grantees who successfully complete their planning grant deliverables will be better prepared to apply for an operations grant if that is determined to be the best way forward for the grantee.

*Availability of this funding does not obligate Serve Colorado or CNCS to award any specific number of grants nor to obligate the entire amount of funding available.

Spring 2020 Application Resources

Spring 2020 Application Round Timetables

New Planning and Operations Grants Competition

February 4, 2020 Request for Applications (RFA) released.

February 7, 2020

9:00 - 10:30 AM

RFA Process and Q&A webinar (view recording here) for interested applicants administered by Serve Colorado. Webinar details available on the Serve Colorado website as the date nears.

February 19, 2020

Concept Paper due (NOT applicable to Planning Grants)

February 28, 2020 Invitations to Apply sent to those submitting concept papers selected to move forward.

 

Written feedback sent to those submitting concept papers not chosen to move forward.
March 27, 2020 Applications due to Serve Colorado
April 17, 2020 Written feedback and clarification requests sent to applicants.
May 1, 2020 Written clarification responses due from applicants.
May 8/11, 2020 Panel interviews for applicants.
May 15, 2020 Revised applications due to Serve Colorado.
May 22, 2020 Serve Colorado notifies successful grant applicants.
August 5, 2020 Earliest start date for AmeriCorps Formula operations programs.
September 8, 2020 Earliest start date for AmeriCorps Planning grantees.
 

 

Formula Continuation (Applies to Current Serve Colorado Programs only)

March 27, 2020  Applications due to Serve Colorado in eGrants.
April 15, 2020  Serve Colorado staff review complete.
Week of April 20,
2020
Written feedback and clarification requests sent to applicants.
May 8, 2020 Written clarification responses due from applicants.
 
May 15, 2020  Revised applications due to Serve Colorado.
 
May 22, 2020  Serve Colorado notifies successful applicants.
 
August 5, 2020

 Earliest start date for AmeriCorps Formula programs.


Additional Resources

In an effort to prepare prospective applicants for submitting a strong AmeriCorps State Grant proposal, we provide a series of pre-recorded technical assistance webinars. See the Application Resources section above. 

The Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) also has 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.

Please submit any questions you have about this and future grant opportunities to our Deputy Director, Paul Brown, at paul.brown@state.co.us. Due to the potential for a high volume of requests for assistance, please ensure that questions asked cannot be answered by first consulting the resources below.