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AmeriCorps Notice of Funding Opportunity

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Project Period 2018-2019

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Serve Illinois Commission (Serve Illinois), in cooperation with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), are now accepting applications for the AmeriCorps*State grant.

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations for the purpose of supporting AmeriCorps members and addressing community needs. 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 service members receive an education award from the National Service Trust.

CNCS awards AmeriCorps State Formula funds to Governor-appointed state service commissions. The Serve Illinois Commission is responsible for administering these funds and overseeing all of the AmeriCorps grants awarded to the state.

All applicants must apply to IDPH via the Serve Illinois Commission (see application instructions). An applicant must attend one of the three scheduled bidders webinars. An application will not be considered for funding if an applicant did not attend the required bidders conference. It is at the discretion of the applicant to determine which to attend.

If you are a multi-state program that plans to apply directly to CNCS, please complete the following consultation form.

National Direct Consultation Form - For AmeriCorps*National Programs Operating in Illinois
PDF Form [190KB]
Word Form [164KB]

Please RSVP your bidders conference attendance by emailing us.

*Special Note: The CNCS web-based management system is not available​ at this time. Applications should be made in paper format. Once the system is live, you will copy your application into it.

*Special Note: All applicants must attend one of the three bidders webinars. A letter of intent to apply IS NOT needed. Your participation in one of the bidders conference will be seen as an intent to apply.*

*Special Note: The Corporation lists the due date as January 17, 2018. This is the national due date. All applications must be in to Serve Illinois by December 1, 2017*

Bidders Conferences

Important Dates

  • December 1, 2017 (no later than 5:00 pm CST) – Applications due to Serve Illinois
  • December, 2017 - January, 2018 – Competitive Application Technical Assistance and Submission
  • February - April, 2018 – Peer Review of all applications
  • May - June, 2018 – Competitive and Formula Award Notification
  • July 1, 2018 – Earliest Program Start Date (Competitive)
  • August 7, 2018 – Earliest Program Start Date (Formula)

For detailed instructions refer to the attached federal Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity, Application Instructions, and the Request for Applications.