AmeriCorps Funding Opportunities

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).

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 FY19 AmeriCorps SC grant application process:

 

Key Dates

Release of FY19 Notice Of Funding Opportunity

 January 8

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 and to be added to the Notice of Funding Opportunity distribution list, please contact Brent Kossick, Senior Special Initiatives Officer at Brent.Kossick@uwasc.org.