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2020-2021 AmeriCorps State Funding Opportunity

Applications for new applicants is now closed. If you are interested in applying in the future, please read through all materials below and set-up a time to talk about your application with Cassandra at ckellogggillenwater@serveindiana.gov. If you would be interested in hosting an AmeriCorps member at your organization, please reach out directly to one of our current AmeriCorps programs listed here.

Serve Indiana is seeking high quality applicant organizations for 2021-2022 AmeriCorps State funding.  AmeriCorps State provides opportunities for individuals to make an intensive commitment to service with the goal of “helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.” This is a national program administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The Corporation of National and Community Service provides grants to national and local nonprofits, schools, government agencies, faith-based and community organizations, and other groups committed to strengthening their communities through service and volunteering.

In Indiana, the AmeriCorps*State grant is administered by Serve Indiana.  Serve Indiana manages the grant application process for AmeriCorps*State, including issuing requests for proposals, conducting application reviews, and awarding grants. It also provides training and technical assistance to support sub-grantees and in turn, monitors programs, host-sites, and members to ensure compliance to federal and state grant requirements. The performance of each program is tracked and measured to established targets and outcomes.

For additional information, see our Grant Application Review Process and Policy or contact Cassandra Gillenwater at 317-220-1659 or ckellogggillenwater@serveindiana.gov.   

All new and re-compete applicants are encouraged to set up a consultation time with Serve Indiana prior to starting the application.

AmeriCorps Grant Application Review Process

NOFO and application materials

Notice of Funding Opportunity: updated 9.12.19
Application Instructions
Supplemental Guidance
Performance Measures Instructions
2020 GARP Calendar

*Special Note: Applications must be submitted in the eGrants system. The system is now open for applications.

​*Special Note: The Corporation lists the due date as January 8, 2020. This is the national due date. All applications must be submitted to Serve Indiana by October 28, 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.*

Important Dates

Serve Indiana is releasing one NOFO and Application Instruction document for both their fall and spring application dates.  It is the responsibility of applicant to know their type of application and due date.

  • Notice of intent to apply: October 4, 2019
  • ​Fall application due date: October 28, 2019
  • ​Spring application (for current programs) due date: March 13, 2020


Applicants are encouraged to write their application outside the eGrants system prior to submission. Below are several templates available for applicants to use to write their grants.

Performance Measure Template
Logic Model Template
Cost Reimbursement Budget Template
Fixed Grant Budget Template

Training and Technical Assistance 

Serve Indiana provides additional training and technical assistance around their grant application process.  Applicants are encouraged to contact Cassandra Gillenwater at 317-220-1659 or ckellogggillenwater@serveindiana.gov to discuss their application prior to submission.  In addition, they are encouraged to attend at least one training event (i.e. webinar, office hours).  For information on dates and times, see the calendar linked below.
In-person One-on-one Application Assistance or One-on-one Call-in Application Assistance: Please email info@serveindiana.gov to book a time slot listed below. Please note if this will be in-person or via phone.
CNCS Technical Assistance Calls & Webinars: Please note that you must follow Serve Indiana's deadlines
Three Part AmeriCorps Application Webinar Series:

Webinars: Grant Application Review Process Assistance.  

  • This webinar covered the basics of AmeriCorps State funding in Indiana, best practices for creating an application, frequently asked questions, and additional questions from those in attendance.  This should be reviewed in conjunction with the 2019-20 application materials and other technical assistance provided on this website.
  • This webinar covered the basics of the application, continuation application requirements, new/recompete application requirements, and a discussion of best practices for a successful submission.

Webinar Login Information:

GARP Training and Technical Assistance Calendar    New/Re-Compete Application Webinar Slides
Formula Continuation Webinar Slides 

National Direct Consultation

Any National Direct applying to host members in Indiana should complete Serve Indiana’s National Direct Consultation form survey.  This link can be located here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-HZ95YF2Q7/.  Following a submission, the National Direct applicant should expect an email from a Serve Indiana staff member confirming the survey.  For questions or concerns, please contact Naejla Walton at NWalton@serveindiana.gov .

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