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Grants to Florida IHEs, Agencies, Tribes, and Nonprofits for Volunteer-Based Programs that Benefit Communities

AmeriCorps Competitive Funding


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
Volunteer Florida (VF)
CFDA Number: 94.006
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Geographic Focus
USA: Florida

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/18/23 5:00 PM EDT Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to Florida nonprofit and tribal organizations, institutions of higher education, and government agencies to employ volunteer staff to meet community needs. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. Funding is intended to assist organizations that are dedicated to strengthening and improving local communities.

AmeriCorps improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. AmeriCorps brings people together to tackle some of the country’s most pressing challenges through national service and volunteerism. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve with organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities and those serving. AmeriCorps helps make service a cornerstone of national culture. 

AmeriCorps will invest in existing and new partnerships with non-profit, faith-based, and Tribal organizations, and State Service Commissions, to get things done for America. The agency will prioritize investment in the most critical issues of this time — public health, climate and the environment, and education and economic opportunity — within AmeriCorps’ Focus Areas (Appendix 1: and will increase its efforts to ensure AmeriCorps members, AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers, and community-based volunteers reflect the communities where they serve. AmeriCorps will target their investments toward communities where the need is greatest, particularly those with populations that face racial inequality and poverty. These steps will enable more Americans than ever to strengthen the communities that need it most across the nation through their service.

AmeriCorps’ priorities for this funding opportunity are:

  • Organizations leading service in communities with concentrated poverty, rural communities, tribal communities, and those organizations serving historically underrepresented and underserved individuals, including but not limited to communities of color, immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities, people who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community, people with arrest and/or conviction records, and religious minorities;
  • Evidence-based interventions on the AmeriCorps Evidence Exchange that are assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence. Please note that many of these interventions have demonstrated effectiveness in improving outcomes for individuals living in underserved communities and that the agency has committed resources to supporting grantees seeking to replicate and evaluate these interventions in similar communities;
  • Veterans and Military Families, Caregivers, and Survivors – a program model that improves the quality of life of veterans and improves the well-being of military and veteran families, caregivers, and survivors;
  • Faith-based organizations;
  • Programs that provide additional benefits to AmeriCorps members aimed at enhancing member experience and bolstering member recruitment and retention such as paying more than the minimum living allowance, transportation, housing, food, etc.;
  • Programs that create workforce pathways for AmeriCorps members, including deliberate training, certifications, and hiring preferences or support;
  • Environmental Stewardship, including supporting communities to become more resilient through measures that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve land and water, increase renewable energy use and improve at-risk ecosystems, especially in underserved households and communities;
  • Community-based programs that enhance and expand services to second chance youth and/or engage those youth as AmeriCorps members;
  • Programs that support civic bridgebuilding programs and projects to reduce polarization and community divisions; and providing training in civic bridgebuilding skills and techniques to AmeriCorps members;
  • Programs focused on implementing or expanding access to high-quality early learning and those that prepare AmeriCorps members to enter early learning careers.

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. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The following non-federal entities (all of which are defined in 2 CFR 200.1) are eligible to apply:
- Indian Tribes
- Institutions of higher education
- Local governments, including school districts
- Nonprofit organizations
- State service commissions
- States and US Territories

All proposals must request a minimum of the equivalent of 10 full-time AmeriCorps member positions. Volunteer Florida may consider funding for proposals that commit to increasing to 10 full-time AmeriCorps member positions within a three-year period.

New applicants are eligible to apply for Cost Reimbursement and Education Award Program (EAP) grants.

New applicants are not eligible to apply for Full Cost Fixed Amount grants.

Pursuant to the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, an organization described in the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 U.S.C. §501 (c)(4) that engages in lobbying activities is not eligible to apply for AmeriCorps funding.

Pre-Proposal Conference
To learn more about this opportunity and the RFP process, please join the technical assistance webinars on September 13, 2023.

Continuation Applicant Webinar: September 13, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. EST

New and Recompete Applicant Webinar: September 13, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. EST

Pre-Application Information
Volunteer Florida Timeline:
- September 5, 2023 - Release Volunteer Florida AmeriCorps Competitive Application
- September 13, 2023 (10:00 a.m., for continuation applicants and 2:00 p.m. for new/recompete applicants) - AmeriCorps funding application technical assistance webinars. Register here for continuation and here for new/re-compete.
- September 18, 2023 - AmeriCorps funding application FAQs posted here.
- October 18, 2023 5:00 p.m. EDT - Applications due in eGrants and supporting documentation submitted
- October 25, 2023 - November 13, 2023 - Peer, financial and staff review period
- November 20, 2023 - Clarification provided to applicants considered for funding
- December 7, 2023 by 5:00 p.m. EST - Revised AmeriCorps applications due in eGrants
- December 26, 2023 - Estimated submission of approved funding recommendation to AmeriCorps
- August 1, 2024 - Anticipated contract start date based on federal funding award.

All applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM) at and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete. If an applicant is awarded a grant, it must maintain an active SAM registration throughout the life of the award. AmeriCorps suggests that applicants finalize a new registration or renew an existing one at least three weeks before the application deadline, to allow time to resolve any issues that may arise. AmeriCorps will not make awards to entities that do not have a valid SAM registration and Unique Entity Identify.

A first-time successful applicant is required to provide match funding at 24 percent for the first three-year funding period. Overall grantee share of total program costs increases gradually beginning in year 4 to 50% by the tenth year of funding and any year thereafter.

All applicants regardless of funding level are required to submit an Operational and Financial Management Survey (OFMS). See:

For links to previous webinars, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

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.

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum allowable federal request is $25,000 per member service year (MSY) for Cost Reimbursements and for Fixed Amount grant applications.

The minimum required living allowance for full-time members is $18,700.

Term of Contract
The grant period is a twelve-month period, beginning August 1, 2024 and ending July 31, 2025. The contract period will be from the date of contract receipt through July 31, 2025.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Additional documents must be submitted by the due date by email to

Submit paper copies:
ATTN: Office of Grant Administration (OGA)/AmeriCorps State and National Application
250 E Street, SW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20525

To ensure that this funding process is carried out in a fair and equitable manner, all questions concerning the funding opportunity should be submitted to

Applicants should contact the AmeriCorps Hotline at (800) 942-2677 or via if they have a problem when they create an account, prepare, or submit the application.

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