Welcome to the 2021 AmeriCorps Grant Competition!

New Grants Competition, including Planning Grants

Thank you for your interest in growing and strengthening AmeriCorps national service in Colorado! AmeriCorps grants can help expand services or reach underserved communities through people power.

Serve Colorado believes that AmeriCorps can be part of the solution for a wide range of community challenges and welcomes creative proposals addressing a broad range of community needs, whether or not they nicely fit into the priorities outlined here.

Funding priorities

COVID-19 Response and Recovery: Programs that support direct response efforts and meet the immediate needs of those who are struggling as well as helping get people back to work through workforce development.

Education: Programs that overcome learning loss due to COVID-19 disruptions, especially programs that focus on wellness and whole child approaches.

Health Care: Programs that increase access to health care, including behavioral and mental health care, especially in underserved communities.

Advancing Racial Equity: Programs striving to reduce systemic racism and barriers to opportunity and create communities where everyone has the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

Colorado Climate Corps: Programs that increase capacity and support to local governments; expand existing conservation and youth corps to do hands-on projects, including wildfire and flood mitigation; and/or implement environmental/energy projects.

Availability of this funding does not obligate Serve Colorado or AmeriCorps to award any specific number of grants nor to obligate the entire amount of funding available.

Spring 2021 Application Round Timetable (all dates tentative; final dates will be reflected in the RFA)

February 1, 2021 Request for Applications (RFA) released.

February 11, 2021

11:00 - 12:00

RFA Orientation and Q&A webinar for interested applicants administered by Serve Colorado.

The session was recorded and is posted in the Resources section below.

March 14, 2021

Concept Paper due (does not apply to planning grant applications). 

March 19, 2021 Invitations to Apply sent to those submitting concept papers selected to move forward.

Written feedback sent to those submitting concept papers not chosen to move forward.

April 21, 2021

Full Applications Due.
August 6, 2021 Earliest start date for AmeriCorps Formula operations programs.

Application Resources

Additional Resources

In an effort to prepare prospective applicants for submitting a strong AmeriCorps State Grant proposal, we provide a series of pre-recorded technical assistance webinars. See the Application Resources section above.

The Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) also has a webpage with resources for those interested in applying for AmeriCorps State and National grants. Please refer to Applying for AmeriCorps State and National Grants to find information on AmeriCorps.

Please submit any questions you have about grant opportunities to our Deputy Director, Paul Brown, at paul.brown@state.co.us. Due to the potential for a high volume of requests for assistance, please ensure that questions asked cannot be answered by first consulting the resources above.