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Online Seminar Series Offers Prep for AmeriCorps Grant Competition

May 26th, 2011


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AUGUSTA - The competition for AmeriCorps*State program grants (2012-2015) is slated for Fall 2011 according to the Maine Commission for Community Service. This will be the first grant competition to take place since adoption of the new funding priorities at the federal and state levels. It is also the first major round of grants for AmeriCorps*State funds since passage of the Serve America Act. A four part online seminar, “ A New Era for AmeriCorps*State  Program Grants,” is being offered to help Maine organizations determine if they are ready for an AmeriCorps grant.

Not surprisingly, the interest in AmeriCorps*State programs is at an all time high. The intensive service of AmeriCorps members who serve part-time and full-time in communities helps local people address persistent challenges. The grants support teams of AmeriCorps Members who provide the people power to overcome the challenges. The grants do not fully fund an effort but, rather, help a volunteer program extend its reach, have greater impact, or implement a new service.

Seminar Requirements:

  • All participants are required to complete the “Assessment of Readiness for an AmeriCorps*State Program.” The seminar sign-up link is revealed on completion of the assessment.
  • Attendance at the seminar requires high-speed or DSL access to the internet and the ability to be on a telephone at the same time the internet connection is used.
  • Participants will be assigned work to complete before seminar sessions, including the first one.

Dates and Times:
All sessions are from 3pm to 4:30 pm on the following Wednesdays: May 11, May 25, June 15, July 6.

May 11 topic – AmeriCorps*State: Purpose, grant types, and applicant requirements

May 25 topic – Getting Things Done: Are funder priorities, local needs, program activities and outcomes aligned?

June 15 topic – AmeriCorps Budgets: Figuring the maximum grant, identifying match, and when match is not required

July 6 topic – AmeriCorps’ Triple Bottom Line: Achieving impact in all three areas

Cost: There is no registration fee for the series; however, each caller will incur a conference call charge of approximately $13/occurance.

To register visit and complete the “Assessment of Readiness for an AmeriCorps*State Program.” Follow the seminar registration link at the end of the assessment to sign up. For more information, contact the Maine Commission for Community Service at or call 207-624-7660.

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer and service communities by funding programs, developing managers of volunteers and service-learning practitioners, raising awareness of sector issues, and promoting service as a strategy.