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AmeriCorps SC Host Site Funding Opportunities

About AmeriCorps South Carolina 

Best summarized as a domestic Peace Corps, AmeriCorps enables host agencies to recruit passionate individuals who will serve to increase the capacity of the organization to expand services or engage additional beneficiaries. To help support their service, AmeriCorps Members receive both a modest living allowance and an education award that ranges between $1,311-$6,195 that can be used to continue their education or pay back eligible student loans. Additionally, full-time AmeriCorps Members also receive grant-supported health insurance and childcare.

Service Focus Areas 

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

What We Fund 

AmeriCorps SC grant awards typically range from $130,000 to $400,000. Organizations that are within their first three years of grant funding must provide an in-kind or cash match that supports a minimum of 24% of the total cost of operating the AmeriCorps project.  Grants funds can be used to support program-related expenses such as:
  • Salaries and benefits for staff who will administer the AmeriCorps program and/or manage AmeriCorps Members.
  • Operational expenses such as recruitment costs, travel, training, supplies, member gear, background checks, etc.
  • AmeriCorps Member living allowance, health insurance, FICA taxes, and workers compensation insurance.

Qualifying Organizations

The following Non-Federal entities who obtain a DUNS number and become registered in System for Award Management (SAM) in advance of submitting a grant proposal are eligible to host an AmeriCorps program:

  • Faith-based institutions
  • Indian tribes
  • Local governments
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • School districts and institutions of higher education
  • State Agencies

How to Apply

The SC Service Commission anticipates that it will release the 2021/21 AmeriCorps SC Notice of Funding Opportunity in December 2020.  To add your organization to our grant opportunity notification list, please complete this brief ONLINE FORM.

Organizations that may be interested in applying for AmeriCorps funding, are also encourage to view the following 1hr online learning module, which outlines the intend of AmeriCorps funding, as well as key areas of understanding for applying for funding. AMERICORPS GRANT APPLICANT TRAINING MODULE

The SC Service Commission is currently hosting a COVID-19 Planning Grant Competition that is open to current grantees that either host an AmeriCorps SC National Competitive program or a Professional Corps program.  For more details on how to apply, email