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2021–2022 Pennsylvania AmeriCorps State Grants: Formula Funding

Grants to Pennsylvania Agencies, IHEs, Nonprofits, and
Tribes for Projects to Solve Community Issues

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03/02/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Pennsylvania agencies, IHEs, nonprofits, and tribes for projects to address critical community issues. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent prior to applying. Funding is intended to support both planning and operational expenses for the proposed programs. Awards will be for funds and/or volunteer service.

Formula Funding – Program Operating Grants and Planning Grants: Applicants compete with other applicants at the state level. An agency that submits a competitive application may also submit a formula application. However, in the event an applicant is selected for both formula and competitive funding, the applicant is ineligible for funding under both; in most cases, PennSERVE will require the applicant to forfeit any rights to formula funds.

AmeriCorps Focus Areas:

  • Disaster Services
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Healthy Futures
  • Veterans and Military Families

For a full list of CNCS and PennSERVE Priorities, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 170122

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Awards will be for funds and/or AmeriCorps member slots. Award amounts will vary. The general practice is to award no more than 50 member positions (slots) to organizations receiving an AmeriCorps grant for the first time.

Requests for planning grants may not exceed $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Applicants who are funded may expect grant awards in summer 2021. Most project periods will be from Aug. 20, 2021 – Aug. 19, 2022.

With the exception of planning grants which will be for a one-year period only, AmeriCorps grants generally cover a three-year project period.

In approving a multi-year project period, PennSERVE and CNCS make an initial award for the first year of operation. The application is submitted with a one-year budget. Continuation funding is not guaranteed and shall be dependent on availability of appropriations and satisfactory performance.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following non-federal entities (as defined in 2 C.F.R. § 200.69) who have DUNS numbers and are registered in system for award management (SAM) are eligible to apply:
- Indian tribes (2 C.F.R. § 200.54);
- Institutions of higher education (2 C.F.R. § 200.55);
- Local governments (2 C.F.R. § 200.64);
- Nonprofit organizations (2 C.F.R. § 200.70); and
- States (2 C.F.R. § 200.90).

Programs applying to PennSERVE must operate their program only within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Please note that PennSERVE will not fund any program applying for less than 10 full-time equivalent members (10 MSY).

For a full list of Prohibited Activities, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

PennSERVE will host a technical assistance session on AmeriCorps State Grants February 9 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM. 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.

Pre-Application Information:

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 / Funding Timeline:
- Notice of Intent to Apply deadline: Feb. 2, 2021, 5 PM
- Technical assistance webinar: Feb. 9, 2021, 2 PM – 3:30 PM
- Applications due in eGrants and emailed documents due: Mar. 2, 2021, 5 PM
- PennSERVE Feedback and Clarification Period; revisions may be required: Apr. 2021
- PennSERVE’s Submission of Formula Applications to CNCS: May 2021
- New Program / New Staff Training (required for new staff/new programs), Harrisburg, PA: Jun. 23, 2021 9:30 AM – 4 PM
- Starting Strong Training (required for all funded programs), Harrisburg, PA: Aug. 4 – 5, 2021; tentative preconference on Aug. 3
- Funding Awarded: Summer 2021

Applications must include a DUNS number. PennSERVE recommends registering at least 30 days before the application due date. After obtaining a DUNS number, all applicants must register with the System for Award
Management (SAM). It is recommended that applicants finalize a new SAM registration or renew an
existing one at least two weeks before the application deadline.

Pennsylvania requires that all grant applications/agreements and contracts include a Pennsylvania Vendor Number. It may take up to two weeks to receive a vendor number.

Applicants will be required to apply through eGrants, the CNCS web-based grants management system. It is strongly recommended that applicants create an eGrants account and begin the eGrants application creation process at least three weeks before the application due date.

CNCS and PennSERVE will not provide more than one grant for the same project in one fiscal year. Two projects will be considered the same if they: address the same issue areas, address the same priorities, address the same objectives, serve the same target communities and population, utilize the same sites, or use the same program staff and members.

A first-time successful applicant is required to match at 24 percent for the first three-year funding period. Starting with year four, the match requirement gradually increases every year to 50 percent by year ten. For further match requirements, see

Contact Information:

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

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Inquiries about this funding opportunity and required documentation submissions should be directed to PennSERVE at

651 Boas Street, Room 1306
Harrisburg, PA 17121

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