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2021 Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) Grant

Grants to USA State Agencies to Develop
Volunteer Programs in Local Communities

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06/23/21 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA state agencies to develop and support volunteer programs in local communities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for programs that support, manage, and engage volunteers. Priority will be given to programs in the areas of racial equality, pandemic recovery, education or community needs, programs that significantly increase the number of volunteers from specific demographic groups, and activities that specifically recruit skill-based and pro-bono volunteers.

VGF grants will be used to develop and/or support community-based entities to recruit, manage, and support volunteers. AmeriCorps seeks to fund effective approaches that expand volunteering, strengthen the capacity of volunteer connector organizations to recruit and retain skill-based volunteers, and develop strategies to use volunteers effectively to solve problems. Specifically, the VGF grants will support efforts that expand the capacity of volunteer connector organizations to recruit, manage, support and retain individuals to serve in high quality volunteer assignments.

Applicants that receive funding under this Notice may directly carry out the activities supported under the award, or may carry out the activities by making subgrants to community-based entities, supporting volunteer generation at these entities.

Funding Priorities:

AmeriCorps’s priorities for this grant competition are:

  • Programs that actively engage in removing structural racial inequities, advancing racial equality, and increasing opportunity in order to achieve sustainable change in communities. VGF encourages grant applications to include work plans that advance justice and equality in areas such as education, access to food and healthcare, workforce development, elder justice, and living independently.
  • Efforts to help local communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may propose programming in any AmeriCorps focus area to aid communities as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Programs that are likely to generate significant, measurable improvements in the number of volunteers generated and retained from specific demographic groups such as youth service, generational/family volunteering, skill-based volunteering or senior volunteering
  • Initiatives that specifically recruit, train and deploy volunteers as a strategy to address a clearly identified pressing community need or to address education
  • Activities that specifically recruit skill-based and pro-bono volunteers.

To receive priority consideration, applicants must show that the priority area is a significant part of the program focus and intended outcomes and must include a high-quality program design. Proposing programs that receive priority consideration does not guarantee funding.

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GrantWatch ID#: 123648

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Award amounts will vary, as determined by the scope of the projects. AmeriCorps expects to make awards of a minimum of $100,000.

Term of Contract:

AmeriCorps anticipates making two-year grant awards. AmeriCorps generally makes an initial award for the first year of operation, based on a one-year project period. Continuation awards for subsequent years are not guaranteed; they depend upon availability of appropriations and satisfactory performance.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following non-federal entities are eligible to apply:
- State commissions (as defined in 42 U.S.C. §12511(27))

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Applications are due Wednesday, June, 23, 2021 by 5:00 pm Eastern Time. Successful applicants will be notified in late July 2021.

Entities must have a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) to receive an award.

Applicants must submit applications electronically via eGrants, AmeriCorps’s web-based application system. AmeriCorps recommends that applicants create an eGrants account and begin the application at least three weeks before the deadline.

Applicants are required to match funds equal to a percentage of their total program budget (AmeriCorps Share plus the Grantee Share equals the total program budget). The applicant’s match (Grantee Share) can be cash and/or in-kind contributions. Match requirements increase with each year and are as follows:
- 20% in the first year
- 30% in the second year
- 40% in the third year
- 50% in the fourth year and any later year in which a recipient receives a VGF grant.
However, in December 2020, AmeriCorps issued a match waiver on FY 2021 Volunteer Generation awards. Applicants who wish to take advantage of this waiver do not need to submit additional requests to have the match waived. While match does not have to be included in the proposed applications’ budgets, it is encouraged, when applicable, to represent full support of the program.

VGF grants will be awarded on a cost reimbursement basis.


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For technical questions and problems with the eGrants system, call the AmeriCorps Hotline at (800) 942-2677. The general public hours for the AmeriCorps Hotline are as follows:
- Mon - Fri, 9 am – 7 pm ET (Jan, May, June, July, Aug, Sept)
- Mon - Thu, 9 am – 7 pm ET (Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec).

If circumstances make it impossible for an applicant to submit in eGrants, applicants may send a paper copy of the application via overnight carrier below. Applicants must include a written explanation and any other documentation or evidence that support their inability to submit their application electronically.

ATTN: Office of Grant Administration (OGA)/VGF Application
250 E Street, SW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20525

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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