AmeriCorps Notice of Funding Opportunity

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Project Period 2021-2022

**The application deadline for this NOFO has been extended to
December 1, 2020 at 5:00pm CT**

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 enrolle​d 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).

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

National​ Direct Consultation Form

*Special Notes:

  • When sending large documents via email, please use Illinois secure file transfer system: Click here to send large files securely.
  • Applications must be submitted in the eGrants system. The system will open to accepting applications at a later date.
  • CNCS lists their due date as January 6, 2021. This is the national due date. All applications must be submitted to Serve Illinois by December 1, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.
  • There will be a bidders conference webinar for those interested in applying. Once completed, the webinar recording will be made available on this page.

Bidders Conference:

Important Dates

  • October 26, 2020 - Bidder's Conference – See FAQs below from Bidder's Conference
  • December 1, 2020 (no later than 5:00 pm CT) – Applications and additional materials due to Serve Illinois
  • November, 2020 - January, 2021 – Competitive Application Technical Assistance Period
  • February - April, 2021 – Peer Review of all applications
  • April - May, 2021 – Competitive and Formula Award Notification
  • July 1, 2021 – Earliest Program Start Date (Competitive)
  • August 8, 2021 – Earliest Program Start Date (Formula)

For the NOFO and additional instructions please follow the links below: