AmeriCorps Funding Opportunities

The United Way Association of South Carolina, serving as the State’s Commission on National and Community Service (SC Commission), is pleased to announce the opportunity of federal funds to support organizations wishing to host an SC AmeriCorps program for the 2018-19 grant year.

Click here to view the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. An AmeriCorps member is an individual who is recruited by the host organization and engages in community service through an approved national service position. Members may receive grant-supported living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service, members receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust.

In alignment with the Serve America Act, the SC Commission will focus AmeriCorps grant making in six Focus Areas identified by the Act:

  • Disaster Services  

  • Economic Opportunity  

  • Education 

  • Environmental Stewardship 

  • Healthy Futures  

  • Veterans and Military Families

The SC Commission will seek to build a diversified portfolio and is willing to fund applications that propose to provide services under any of the six focus areas and within any South Carolina community, but specifically seeks to receive applications representing the following:

Evidence-Based or Evidence-Informed Priority Consideration

In order to maximize the impact of the public investment in national service, The SC Commission will provide grants to programs that demonstrate that they will engage AmeriCorps members in an evidence-based or evidence-informed approach to providing a service intervention that will result in intended solutions to community problems (e.g., based on proposed program’s performance and evaluation data or research demonstrating the effectiveness of a similar intervention).

Underrepresented Populations Priority Consideration

The SC Commission believes that all Americans should have opportunities to participate in national service, including those that have been traditionally underrepresented in national service, such as rural residents, people with disabilities, veterans/military families, and Native Americans. Additionally. The SC Commission also specifically seeks applications focused on the following demographics: 

Encore Programming

Opportunity Youth

Programs that engage a significant number of participants age 55 or older.

The one in six young people (ages 16-24) who are disconnected from school or work.

Target Communities

The SC Commission accepts and is willing to fund applications that propose to provide services to any South Carolina community, but specifically seeks to receive applications proposing to serve communities located in the following counties.

High Need

Significant Need

Allendale (Promise Zone), Bamberg (Promise Zone), Cherokee, and Williamsburg.

Colleton (Promise Zone), Barnwell (Promise Zone), Hampton (Promise Zone), Jasper County (Promise Zone), Florence, Chester, Darlington, Dillion, Marlboro, and Marion.


Below you will find a selection of key dates for the grant application process. In the attached NOFO, key policies specific to South Carolina have been highlighted in purple. Please be aware that this is not meant to be exhaustive, but rather, a helpful indication. It is likely that some SC-specifics remain un-highlighted. The link to complete the concept paper is included in the NOFO and linked here for your convenience:


Key Dates

 Concept Paper Deadline

 May 2 at 5 pm

 Notice of Advancement

 May 5 by 5 pm

 Full Application + Supplemental Documents Deadline

 May 24 by Noon

 Clarification Timeframe

 May 25- June 7

 Anticipated Award Notification

 July 1

The SC Commission on National and Community Service looks forward to this grant competition! Please pass this information along to your networks as you see fit.​

AmeriCorps Planning Grant

The Commission expects to fund several new Full AmeriCorps programs. An average program is awarded around $175,000, however, funding is directly associated with the type of program proposed by an applicant. 

In addition, the program expects to fund planning grants, which provide short-term (one year) funding to discern the community need, build partners, and create a strong application in the subsequent grant cycle. A planning grant is typically around $45,000.

Click here to view the Planning Grant Notice of Funding Opportunity