August 25, 2011, The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) kicked off its 2012 AmeriCorps grant competition by releasing three funding notices for organizations interested in using national service as a solution to critical problems facing our communities and the nation. The grant competition carries out the goals of the bipartisan 2009 Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act and the agency’s 2011-2015 Strategic Plan to achieve greater impact by targeting resources on a core set of challenges and using performance measures to assess and demonstrate impact.
The 2012 competition will target AmeriCorps grantmaking on the six national focus areas identified in the Serve America Act and the agency’s five-year strategic plan: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. To maximize its return on investment,
CNCS is seeking to fund programs that use an evidence-based approach to meeting community needs. Public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and other community organizations, institutions of higher education, government entities within states or territories, labor organizations, Indian Tribes, partnerships and consortia, and intermediaries planning to subgrant funds awarded are eligible to apply. Organizations that have never received funding from CNCS or AmeriCorps are encouraged to apply for these grants. Applications are due January 18, 2012 and will be notified by May 31, 2012. Learn more and apply (PDF, 65 pages).