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AmeriCorps supports a wide range of local service programs that engage Californians in intensive community service. We provide grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.

Grants provide assistance to programs to recruit, train, and supervise AmeriCorps members meeting critical community needs in the areas of education, disaster services, health, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, and service to veterans and military families. Grant applicants design service activities for a team of members serving full- or part-time for one year.

Current Funding Opportunities

Youth Opportunity AmeriCorps

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has released a funding opportunity for programs specifically targeting Opportunity Youth that have been adjudicated in the juvenile justice system. This program will provide Disconnected Youth with the opportunity to participate in a national service program and provide them with meaningful mentoring while they are serving. Disconnected Youth is defined as individuals at least 17 but under 25 years old who have been adjudicated in the juvenile justice system, convicted in the criminal justice system, or have been identified as at risk of incarceration.

CaliforniaVolunteers is not holding a competition for this grant. Any California applicants interested in this funding opportunity will apply directly to CNCS. The Federal Notice of Funding Availability and more information can be found here.

A Letter of Intent is due to CNCS by Monday, April 20, 2015 no later than5:00 pm EST.

Applications are due to CNCS by Wednesday, May 20, 2015, no later than 5:00 pm EST.

Please note that, after reviewing applications, CNCS may award the grant to CaliforniaVolunteers to sub-grant to the successful applicant. Alternatively, CNCS may award the grant directly to the successful applicant, but also may work cooperatively with CaliforniaVolunteers to oversee and monitor performance of the grant.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to notify CaliforniaVolunteers of their intent to submit an application to CNCS and to contact CaliforniaVolunteers if they need technical assistance by emailing Please state “Youth Opportunity AmeriCorps” in the subject line.

2016 AmeriCorps Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

CaliforniaVolunteers (CV) will release the 2016 AmeriCorps Grant Request for Applications (RFA) in the spring of 2015, with Phase 1 applications due in the summer of 2015. The RFA will be posted here upon release. Please email to be notified when the RFA is released.

Past Funding Opportunities