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AmeriCorps Programs

AmeriCorps Programs

AmeriCorps is a national network of programs that engages more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in communities throughout the nation.


AmeriCorps offers several ways to get involved, from part-time local service programs to full-time residential programs. Members receive guidance and training so they can make a contribution that suits their talents, interests, and availability.

  • AmeriCorps State and AmeriCorps National: AmeriCorps State and AmeriCorps National support a broad range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive service to meet critical community needs.

AmeriCorps State and National

Your World. Your Chance to Make it Better.

AmeriCorps State and National provides grants to a broad network of public and nonprofit organizations that sponsor AmeriCorps service programs around the country, including hundreds of faith and community based organizations, Indian Tribes, institutions of higher education, and public agencies. AmeriCorps programs operating solely within a single state must apply to receive grant funding from the state’s Governor-appointed State Service Commission. AmeriCorps programs operating in two or more states or AmeriCorps programs sponsored by Indian Tribes apply to receive grant funding directly from the Corporation for National and Community Service. 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.



The purpose of AmeriCorps State and National is to engage AmeriCorps members in direct service and capacity-building to address critical community needs. The grant applicant designs service activities for a team of members serving full- or part-time for one year or during the summer. Sample activities include tutoring and mentoring youth, providing job placement assistance to unemployed individuals, addressing childhood obesity through in-school and after-school physical activities, and weatherizing and retrofitting housing units for low-income households. AmeriCorps members also mobilize community volunteers and strengthen the capacity of the organizations where they serve.

The entities that receive grants are responsible for recruiting, selecting, and supervising AmeriCorps members to serve in their programs.


 Who May Apply for AmeriCorps State and National Grants?

The following may apply for a grant directly from the Corporation for National and Community Service:

  • National nonprofit organizations that operate in two or more states
  • Indian tribes
  • Consortia formed across two or more states, consisting of institutions of higher education, or other nonprofits, including labor, faith-based and other community organizations
  • States and Territories without a State Service Commission

The following must apply for a grant through a State Service Commission if program activities take place in a single state:

  • State and local nonprofit organizations
  • Community and faith-based organizations
  • State, local, and higher education institutions
  • State and local governments
  • U.S. Territories

For application and deadline information, please contact your State Service Commission. Click here to learn more about applying for an AmeriCorps State and National grant.


Interested in Serving Through AmeriCorps State and National?

If you are an individual and want to serve through AmeriCorps State and National, please click here.


Other AmeriCorps Programs

  • AmeriCorps VISTA: AmeriCorps VISTA provides full-time members to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty.

AmeriCorps VISTA

More than 46 million Americans live in poverty. Through AmeriCorps VISTA, you can make a tangible difference. And, you’ll find the fulfillment that comes from using your knowledge and skills to help those in disadvantaged circumstances turn their dreams into reality.



What is AmeriCorps VISTA?

AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Authorized in 1964 and founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993.  VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 45 years.


What VISTA Members Do

VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more. With passion, commitment, and hard work, you’ll create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. > Learn more

The Benefits of VISTA Service

By serving through VISTA, you’ll gain new skills, friends, and experiences—plus you’ll get the satisfaction that comes from helping others. During your service, you’ll also receive a modest living allowance, health care, and other benefits. And, upon completing your service, you can choose to receive either a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend. > Learn more


A Proud History of Service

Did you know that President John F. Kennedy came up with the idea for VISTA? Or that the 185,000 VISTAs who have served since 1965 have played a key role in establishing many of the best-known anti-poverty programs, including Head Start, Upward Bound, and the credit union system? > Learn more


Become a VISTA Sponsor

Public, private, and faith-based nonprofit organizations—as well as local, state and federal organizations—can benefit greatly from linking up with AmeriCorps VISTA. Applications for members are handled by Corporation State Offices. Project sponsors are not required to provide a financial match but must be able to direct the project, supervise the members, and provide necessary administrative support to complete the goals and objectives of the project. > Learn more


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Other AmeriCorps Programs

  • AmeriCorps NCCC: The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps is a full-time residential program for men and women, ages 18-24, that strengthens communities while developing leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.



AmeriCorps NCCC

Service Through Teamwork

AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a full-time, team-based residential program for men and women age 18–24. Members are assigned to one of five campuses, located in Denver, Colorado; Sacramento, California; Perry Point, Maryland; Vicksburg, Mississippi; and Vinton, Iowa.

The mission of AmeriCorps NCCC is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. In partnership with non-profits—secular and faith based, local municipalities, state governments, federal government, national or state parks, Indian Tribes and schools members complete service projects throughout the region they are assigned.

Drawn from the successful models of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and the U.S. military, AmeriCorps NCCC is built on the belief that civic responsibility is an inherent duty of all citizens and that national service programs work effectively with local communities to address pressing needs.

How AmeriCorps NCCC Works

AmeriCorps NCCC requires an intensive, 10-month commitment. Members serve in teams of eight to twelve and are assigned to projects throughout the region served by their campus. They are trained in CPR, first aid, public safety, and other skills before beginning their first service project.


AmeriCorps NCCC serves communities in every state. Members are based at one of five regional campuses and travel to complete service projects throughout those regions. Sponsoring organizations request the assistance of AmeriCorps NCCC teams by submitting a project application to the regional campus that covers that organization’s state. The campuses provide assistance in completing the application, developing a work plan, and preparing the project sponsor for the arrival of the AmeriCorps NCCC team.

Benefits of Serving with AmeriCorps NCCC


AmeriCorps NCCC members receive a living allowance of approximately $4,000 for the 10 months of service (about $200 every two weeks before taxes), housing, meals, limited medical benefits, up to $400 a month for childcare, if necessary, member uniforms, and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program.


Do You Want to Serve in AmeriCorps NCCC?

Who Can Apply to Host an AmeriCorps NCCC Team?

  • Non-profits—secular and faith based
  • Local municipalities
  • State governments
  • Federal government
  • National or state parks
  • Indian Tribes
  • Schools

Each year, AmeriCorps NCCC engages teams of members in meaningful projects in communities across the United States. Service projects, which typically last from six to eight weeks, address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Members construct and rehabilitate low-income housing, respond to natural disasters, clean up streams, help communities develop emergency plans, and address countless other local needs. What would it be like if your organization had the resources of 8-12 enthusiastic, talented, and dedicated young adults working on a short-term, intensive project? Think of the impact!


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