AmeriCorps 2019/20 Funding Opportunities

The South Carolina Commission on National and Community Service (SC Commission) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) are pleased to announce the opportunity of federal funds to support South Carolina’s AmeriCorps programs for the 2019-20 grant year.

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:

Target Interventions

In an effort to promote a diverse program portfolio that seeks to address a variety of needs throughout the state, the South Carolina Commission encourages organizations to submit proposals that align with the following program models.

  • Combatting Opioid Abuse: The growing opioid crisis is causing devastating effects, placing burdens on workplaces, the health care system, families, states, and communities. Recognizing the severity of this crisis, the SC Commission is interested in investing in organizations that propose to utilize AmeriCorps Members to assist in substance abuse prevention, education, reduction, and recovery programs. National examples can be found at the following link:
  • Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding: Hurricane Florence resulted in 19 South Carolina counties being designated to receive FEMA assistance.  To assist with the recovery efforts, the SC Commission encourages organizations that seek to engage AmeriCorps Members in disaster services to assist communities impacted by Hurricane Florence.
  • Access to Post-Secondary Education and Training: The SC Commission is interested in receiving applications from organizations that have the ability to partner with a variety of nonprofits, schools, and/or colleges, universities, or technical schools (particularly in rural communities) to utilize AmeriCorps Members to help elementary, middle, or high school students plan a successful career path. An example program model can be found here:

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 that are currently underrepresented by National Service resources.

High Need: Allendale, Bamber, Cherokee Williamsburg

Significant need: Colleton, Barnwell, Hampton, Jasper, Florence, Chester, Darlington, Marlboro, Marion

Need: Abbeville, Aiken, Chesterfield, Edgefield

Below you will find a selection of key dates for the FY19 AmeriCorps SC grant application process:

  • Mandatory new applicant training webinars - February 11 - 15
  • Concept Papers due to Commission - March 1
  • Applicants notified whether or not they have been selected to submit a full application - March 7
  • Training and technical assistance period - March 8 - 22
  • Full grant applications and supporting documentation due to Commission - March 29
  • Funding decision announced - July 1

For additional guidance on how to apply for FY19 AmeriCorps SC funding please download the Notice of Funding Opportunity and SC AmeriCorps Financial Management Survey, which are available to download here: