General Updates

CaliforniaVolunteers is pleased to release the 2014 AmeriCorps Planning Grant Request for Applications!

As home to the largest and most diverse population in the country, California faces many challenges that need our attention. We’re seeking to increase national resource investments in supporting the design of new AmeriCorps programs that will address pressing California priority needs. This Planning Grant RFA will solicit applications for planning grants to support the design of new AmeriCorps programs in targeted issue areas. These areas include:

  • Economic Opportunity;
  • Veterans and Military Families;
  • Disaster Services; and
  • Education, in particular, the design of new programs that will implement an evidence-based intervention(s) focused on improving educational outcomes in rural schools; and/or supporting the turnaround efforts at federally-designated School Improvement Grant (SIG) schools will be given priority consideration.

We encourage organizations that are seeking to scale and increase the impacts of an evidence-based program to consider and apply for an AmeriCorps planning grant. Organizations will benefit from the time and planning grant resource to fully develop program components and infrastructures essential to operating an AmeriCorps program. We look forward to expanding our AmeriCorps State family to include new applicants that have yet to leverage the power of AmeriCorps!

Karen Baker, California State Chief Service Officer

Funding Opportunities

2014 AmeriCorps Planning Grant Request for Applications (Planning Grant RFA)

Does your organization have an evidence-based program that can benefit from leveraging additional human capital to scale and increase its impact? OR

Does your community have a pressing unmet need that can be addressed by engaging trained dedicated citizens to deliver the needed services?

If your answer is yes and you have never operated an AmeriCorps grant before, then an AmeriCorps planning grant may just be the right resource for your organization.

Purpose of Planning Grants: An AmeriCorps planning grant provides funding to cover costs associated with the preparation for an operating grant. Planning grants provide successful applicants with resources needed to develop program components and infrastructure required to support an operating AmeriCorps program. A one year planning grant can support staffing costs, travel, materials, and other costs necessary to conduct research and bring together community partners.

Grant Size: Applicants may apply for a maximum of $50,000 for a planning grant.

Project Period: The project period for these grants will be approximately five months beginning late April 2014 and ending September 30, 2014.

Eligible Applicants: Nonprofit organizations and state and local government agencies are eligible to apply. Community partnerships are a critical element of successful AmeriCorps programs.

Application Documents:

  1. 2014 AmeriCorps Planning Grant Request for Applications
  2. 2014 Planning Grant Application Instructions and Forms
  3. Budget Form and Budget Narrative
  4. Payee Data Record Form Std. 204
  5. eGrants Instructions for AmeriCorps Planning Grants (coming soon)

** Please ensure that you have obtained forms from all the above sources. **


Applications must be received by CaliforniaVolunteers on April 8, 2014 at 5:00 P.M., PST.


The application deadline has passed. Please use the following to address any inquiries:

Contact: or call (916) 323-7646

Technical Assistance

To learn more, attend an in-person information session to be held in:

  • Sacramento—March 27, 2014
    Session#1: 9:30-11:30 A.M.
    Session #2: 1:30-3:30 P.M
    Location: CaliforniaVolunteers
    770 L Street, Ste. 1160 (11th Floor)
    Sacramento, CA 95814

  • San Diego—April 1, 2014
    Session #3: 9:30- 11:30 A.M.
    Session #4: 1:30-3:30 P.M.
    Location: Joe Rindone Regional Technology Center (On San Diego County Office of Education Main Campus)
    6401 Linda Vista Road, Building 2, Room Com Labs 1-4
    San Diego, CA 92111-7399

Multi-State Applicant Consultation

Prior to submission of a grant application to the Corporation for National and Community Service, an organization proposing to operate an AmeriCorps program in two or more states is expected to consult with the State Commission of the state in which it intends to operate. Multi-state organizations proposing to operate in California must submit an online National Direct Consultation Form to CaliforniaVolunteers. This form must be received by 5:00 p.m. (PST) on January 20, 2014.
National Direct Consultation Form

AmeriCorps Resources

Organizations interested in applying for an AmeriCorps grant are encouraged to visit the resources provided below.
AmeriCorps Program Guide - Coming Soon!
National Service 101 PowerPoint
Member Development & Support PowerPoint
Fiscal Literacy PowerPoint
The Resource Center
National Website for AmeriCorps
2013-14 AmeriCorps Portfolio
AmeriCorps 2014 Planning Grant Overview