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Serve Washington (Serve WA) helps improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through opportunities to serve and volunteer. This is accomplished through partnerships with public or private nonprofit organizations, including labor organizations; faith-based and other community organizations; institutions of higher education; government entities within states or territories (e.g., cities, counties); Indian Tribes; partnerships or consortia.
AmeriCorps funding comes to Washington through two separate funding streams: formula and competitive funds from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Well-managed organizations with strong organizational competencies tend to be most successful in administering complex grants like AmeriCorps. To help you determine whether your organization is poised to successfully administer an AmeriCorps grant, we recommend that you complete the AmeriCorps Readiness Assessment. Please note, a satisfactory score does not guarantee AmeriCorps funding through Serve WA or the CNCS.
AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations engaged in evidence-based interventions that utilize AmeriCorps members to strengthen communities. An AmeriCorps member is an individual who is enrolled in an approved national service position and engages in community service. Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their term of service, members receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust.Who is eligible to apply?
Public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and other community organizations; institutions of higher education; government entities within states or territories (e.g., cities, counties); Indian Tribes; labor organizations; partnerships and consortia; and intermediaries planning to subgrant funds awarded are encouraged to apply. Organizations that have been convicted of a Federal crime are disqualified from receiving this assistance.
New organizations should submit applications commensurate with the community need with the understanding that the general practice is to award no more or no less than 20 Member Service Years (MSY) for new grantees.
If your organization is considering submitting an application to sponsor an AmeriCorps program, please review the frequently asked questions. Other useful information to help you decide if you should apply for an AmeriCorps State or National grant is available on the CNCS website under Managing AmeriCorps Grants.
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