Funds Available For New and Recompeting Michigan's AmeriCorps Programs

AmeriCorps members serving

The Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has announced the availability of federal funds to support new and recompeting Michigan’s AmeriCorps programs to start in the fall of 2018 for a 12-month program cycle. Click here to view the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

Why should my organization apply for a Michigan’s AmeriCorps program?

Michigan’s AmeriCorps provides people-power. Funds provided through Michigan’s AmeriCorps support a team of members who provide direct service to build or improve communities and generate volunteers to support their efforts. The Michigan Community Service Commission has established the following priorities:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Job preparedness and financial stability
  • Safe, affordable housing
  • Veterans
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Public Safety

If there are needs in your community in these areas that you believe can be addressed by the involvement of people serving together, then this program may be for you.

Michigan’s AmeriCorps grants are not for the purchase of program supplies or materials, nor can they be used to fund or replace existing staff. The Michigan’s AmeriCorps funding is intended for recruiting, placing, and supporting individuals to get things done in communities.

Who is eligible to apply?

Educational institutions (local school districts, intermediate school districts, colleges and universities, etc.), local government entities, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations that have their 501(c) 3 status and have been in existence for at least three years are eligible to apply for a Michigan’s AmeriCorps program.

Can I partner with other organizations to apply for a Michigan's AmeriCorps program?

Yes. You are encouraged to partner with other organizations in your community or throughout the state to apply for AmeriCorps funding. One organization must serve as the legal applicant and fiduciary. When partnering with other organizations, the MCSC encourages you to seek organizations that share a similar mission or focus on similar issues.

What types of grants are available?

The MCSC funds operating and planning grants. Operating grants are for programs that support fully developed plans to establish a new Michigan’s AmeriCorps program or to support, expand, or replicate an existing program. Staff may determine that a planning grant is more appropriate for an organization that demonstrate promise, but is not ready to fully implement a program. Grant awards will cover a period that includes one year of operation. Grants may be renewed for two additional years, subject to annual review and the availability of federal appropriations. 

Is there a minimum program and/or grant size?

Programs must be large enough to achieve a demonstrable impact on the communities served.  While the actual size of each program may vary depending on the size of the communities in which it operates, the design of the program, and other factors, applicants are required to apply for at least ten (10) full-time equivalent AmeriCorps members. In order to be considered for competitive funding by the Corporation for National and Community Service, applicants must request a minimum of 20 AmeriCorps members. Applicants should evaluate their present infrastructure and capacity when considering program size. 

Grant requests may vary in size depending on the type and scope of the proposed program. Applicants are allowed flexibility in developing their budgets, within federal and state limitations. No program funded through the MCSC formula allotment shall receive more than 20% of Michigan’s total formula funding from the CNCS. In addition, the MCSC has set a target of $14,932 for the average federal cost per full-time equivalent member for each Michigan’s AmeriCorps program. 

Is there a match requirement?

Yes. Substantial cash and in-kind matches are required from the applicant. All program costs require at least a 24% cash and in-kind match during each of the first three years of funding, with match requirements increasing incrementally after year three. Programs reach a maximum 50% minimum match level during the 10th year of funding. Programs may use other non-CNCS federal funds as part of their match, with prior approval.

What are the responsibilities of operating a Michigan's AmeriCorps program?

Responsibilities include:

  • Recruiting, selecting, placing, training, and supervising members.
  • Designating a full-time program director to run the program.
  • Selecting and supporting member service sites.
  • Submitting quarterly progress reports, monthly expenditure reports, and semi-annual federal financial reports.
  • Participating in monthly training and technical assistance meetings or calls for program directors.
  • Participating in statewide and regional member events and activities.

How can I find out more about AmeriCorps?

For additional information about AmeriCorps, go to www.americorps.gov. For specific questions about Michigan's AmeriCorps, please contact Shannon Zoet at zoets@michigan.gov or 517-512-4544 or Megan Foresman at foresmanm@michigan.gov or 517-512-4506.

How do I get a copy of the application guidelines?

The 2018-19 Michigan’s AmeriCorps concept paper guidelines and related materials are available below. Individuals may also request a hard copy by contacting Kasie Bennett at bennettk12@michigan.gov or 517-241-3606. Application guidelines will be mailed within five working days upon receipt of the request. See MI AmeriCorps Concept Paper and Application Timeline below for all pertinent dates and deadlines.

2018-19 MI AmeriCorps Concept Paper and Application Timeline

2018-19 MI AmeriCorps Notice of Funding Opportunity

2018-19 Intent to Apply Form - Due September 22, 2017

2018-19 Concept Paper Guidelines - Concept Papers Due October 4, 2017

2018-19 Concept Paper Application Title Page

Budget Narrative Template 

AmeriCorps Financial Management Survey

Who do I contact if I have questions?

If you have any questions regarding Michigan’s AmeriCorps or the application process, please contact Shannon Zoet at zoets@michigan.gov or 517-512-4544 or Megan Foresman at foresmanm@michigan.gov or 517-512-4506.


Michigan’s AmeriCorps Application Timeline

August 29, 2017: 2018-19 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Released

August 29, 2017: 2018-19 AmeriCorps Concept Paper Guidelines Released

September 22, 2017: Intent to apply forms (and financial management surveys for new applicants only) forms due to MCSC

October 4, 2017: Concept Paper due to MCSC

October 17, 2017: Peer Review

October 20, 2017: Notification to applicants if they have been selected for comprehensive submission

November 2, 2017: Required technical assistance meeting in Lansing for applicants selected for comprehensive submission (10:00am-4:00pm)

December 14, 2017: Comprehensive applications due to MCSC

May 2018: CNCS announces approved Competitive AmeriCorps applications

*Note: New applicants not selected for submission to the CNCS for competitive funding may be considered for formula funding.