Become a Program

Bring the AmeriCorps Program to Your Organization

AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.

Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than 800,000 AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.

AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they serve their members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity for young people entering the workforce. AmeriCorps places thousands of young adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship.

Three programming types make up AmeriCorps:

  1. AmeriCorps State and AmeriCorps National
  2. AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America)
  3. AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps)

To determine which program is the best fit for your organization, scroll below or visit the Organization Fit Finder to find the best AmeriCorps or national service program for you. 

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Become an AmeriCorps State Program

AmeriCorps State and National is a broad network of grant-funded AmeriCorps programs. It provides financial support to public and nonprofit organizations that sponsor service programs around the country, including hundreds of faith- and community-based organizations, higher education institutions, Indian tribes, and public agencies.

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. Grant applicants design service activities for a team of members serving full- or part-time for up to one year or during the summer.

As the designated State Commission on service and volunteerism, OneStar Foundation administers funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to AmeriCorps State programs in Texas.

Eligibility:

  • State and local nonprofit, community and faith-based organizations, state, local and higher education institution, state and local government.
  • Proposed programs must address a National focus area. The National focus areas are: Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures, and Veterans and Military Families
  • The applicant organization, either by itself or through agreements with partner organizations, must submit an application to support at least 20 member service years (MSYs). An application requesting fewer than 20 MSYs is not eligible for funding.
  • The applicant organization has an A-133 Audit or an Independent Financial Audit and has experience in managing a state and/or federal grant.
  • The applicant organization has a DUNS number and an Employer Identification Number and is registered with the System for Award Management (SAM).

Available Funding:

  • Selected applicants receive federal grant funds to support their proposed AmeriCorps program. The amount of funding received is based upon the number of AmeriCorps members being requested, the funding type awarded, and the approved application budget.   

When to Apply:

  • Application instructions are typically made available in September with an application deadline in November. A Letter of Intent may be required; therefore, interested organizations should be diligent about reviewing available application materials and any relevant deadlines.

Learn more about how to become an AmeriCorps State Program:

Become an AmeriCorps National Program

AmeriCorps State and National is a broad network of grant-funded AmeriCorps programs. It provides financial support to public and nonprofit organizations that sponsor service programs around the country, including hundreds of faith- and community-based organizations, higher education institutions, Indian tribes, and public agencies.

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. Grant applicants design service activities for a team of members serving full- or part-time for up to one year or during the summer.

An AmeriCorps National Program differs from an AmeriCorps State program in that the program is placing AmeriCorps members in service in at least two states or is an Indian tribe. A National program is a direct grantee of CNCS whereas a State program is a direct grantee of OneStar Foundation.

Eligibility:

  • A national nonprofit organization that operates in two or more states.
  • An Indian tribe.
  • A consortium formed across two or more states, consisting of institutions of higher education or other nonprofits, including labor, faith-based, and other community organizations.

Available Funding:

  • Selected applicants receive federal grant funds to support their proposed AmeriCorps program. The amount of funding received is based upon the number of AmeriCorps members being requested, the funding type awarded, and the approved application budget.  

When to Apply:

  • Application instructions are typically made available in October with an application deadline in January. A Letter of Intent may be required; therefore, interested organizations should be diligent about reviewing available application materials and any relevant deadlines.

Learn more about how to become an AmeriCorps National Program: 

If you are an AmeriCorps National program looking for information on the Consultation Process, please visit our AmeriCorps National Programs in Texas page. For questions or additional information, please contact Elisa Gleeson by calling 512-287-2029 or emailing elisa@onestarfoundation.org.

Sponsor an AmeriCorps VISTA Project

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. VISTA supports efforts to alleviate poverty by encouraging individuals from all walks of life to engage in a year of full-time service with a sponsoring organization to create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.

Rather than providing cash grants, the VISTA program places individual VISTAs, Summer Associates, and Leaders with sponsoring organizations. Resources are provided to sponsors on an annual basis. In very limited circumstances, small grants may be available at the discretion of the CNCS State Office.

VISTA provides a small living allowance and certain benefits for members. Sponsoring organizations absorb most of the costs related to project supervision and logistical support. Investment by the sponsoring organization and the community is fundamental to the VISTA program, as the VISTA resource is intended to be short-term.

Eligibility:

  • Public, private, or faith-based nonprofit organizations, local, state, or federal agencies.

Available Funding:

  • No funds are granted to organizations that sponsor an AmeriCorps VISTA Project.

Sponsor Requirements:

  • Have resources available for VISTAs to perform their tasks, i.e., work space, consumable supplies, telephone, on-the-job transportation reimbursement; and be able to provide emergency cash advances to VISTAs when needed.
  • Have the capacity and commitment to recruit, orient, train, supervise, and otherwise support recruited VISTA members in appropriate capacity-building roles.
  • Have an understanding of the concept of, and be committed to, the mission of VISTA.
  • Be experienced in the issues related to the beneficiaries of service and those being addressed by the proposed project.
  • Have the capacity to involve the beneficiary community to achieve project sustainability.

When to Apply:

  • Applications are accepted year-round.
  • To apply for VISTA resources, organizations complete a two-step process:

     

    • Step 1 – AmeriCorps VISTA Concept Paper. Organizations submit an AmeriCorps VISTA Concept Paper to CNCS. The Concept Paper is a preliminary screening tool that CNCS uses to evaluate whether the organization would be an appropriate sponsor.
    • Step 2 – AmeriCorps VISTA Project Application. If CNCS approves the Concept Paper, the organization submits an AmeriCorps VISTA Project Application based on the approved Concept Paper. CNCS provides Project Application materials following approval of a Concept Paper.

Learn more about how to become an AmeriCorps VISTA Sponsor:

  • Visit the CNCS website
  • Contact the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Texas Office by calling 512-391-2940 or emailing tx@cns.gov.
  • Learn more about becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA host site through OneStar's Statewide Intermediary Project here.

Sponsor an AmeriCorps NCCC Team

AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a full-time, residential, national service program that combines the best practices of civilian service with the best aspects of military service.  The mission is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through team-based national and community service.  Each year, hundreds of young adults serve as NCCC members.  Based at campuses in communities in several states, teams take on projects throughout their regions.  Members help communities meet needs in the areas of natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. 

Teams are available to help community and faith-based based organizations, national nonprofits, schools, local municipalities, national and state parks, and Indian tribes.  Members help citizens prepare for and respond to natural and other disasters, construct and rehabilitate low-income housing, build and repair trails, lead and manage community volunteers, support academic achievement of students, and address other local needs.  Service projects typically last from six to eight weeks.  Because members are trained in disaster services and wild land firefighting, they can be reassigned on short notice to support disaster relief operations.

Who can apply:

  • Nonprofits—secular and faith based, Local municipalities, State governments, Federal government, National or state parks, Indian tribes, Schools

Available Funding:

  • No funds are granted to organizations that sponsor an AmeriCorps NCCC Team.

Sponsor Requirements:

  • Sponsor provides all materials and equipment.
  • Sponsor ensures the team receives orientation to the community and “service learning” education on the social issues related to the project, service learning should highlight the impact the project will have on the community.
  • Sponsor provides consistent technical supervision (approx. 15-20 hours per week) throughout the project to ensure the smooth arrival of supplies and to guarantee the necessary training for the task at hand. Supervision also includes morning check-ins with the Team Leader, team debriefs, and technical supervision for tasks requiring specific skill sets (e.g., hanging drywall, trail building, or classroom support).
  • Assistance with food and lodging if your regional campus is not able to support housing. Housing should include: access to a kitchen for meal preparation (if meals are not provided), bathroom facilities, two sleeping areas (one for men and one for women), and parking for one van.

When to Apply:

  • Applications are accepted year-round. However, priority is given to applications that are submitted by deadlines which occur four times per year typically in August, September, December and February.

Learn more about how to become an AmeriCorps NCCC Sponsor?

  • Visit the CNCS website
  • Contact Crystal Kelley with the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Southwest Region Campus at 303-844-7416 or crkelley@cns.gov.