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AmeriCorps Program Development Workshop:Developing a fundable program design

Published September 2, 2011

September 23rd, Conference Rm. 110, 19 Union St. Augusta, ME

9:00am to 4:00pm

 The Corporation for National & Community Service and the Maine Commission for Community Service will be holding competitions for AmeriCorps program grants (2012-2015 operations) this Fall and Winter.  If you have an interest in applying for funding to support an AmeriCorps project in your community or county, this workshop will highlight funding priorities, clarify minimum program requirements, explain the various types of AmeriCorps program models and assist you in determining which would best address compelling needs in your community.

 AmeriCorps Members must spend 80% of their time in direct service focused on a critical need in one of four categories:

  •  Disaster Services (preparedness, response, recovery and/or mitigation)
  •  Education (especially school readiness, service-learning, mentoring or tutoring)
  •  Economic Opportunity (especially housing, as well as employment and financial literacy services)
  •  Environmental Stewardship (including energy conservation and public land improvement)
  •  Healthy Futures (especially obesity reduction, food security & hunger, elder    & disadvantaged support), or 
  • Veterans and Military Families. (support services) 

AmeriCorps grants award two types of resources to address the local need: Member positions and funds to support AmeriCorps Members during their service terms.  Grantees must commit to match a portion of federal funds through direct or in-kind contributions to the program.  Eligible programs must be able to use the equivalent of at least ten full time member positions each year (actual slots do not need to be full time, but, in aggregate, must equal the equivalent hours of at least 10 full time positions, or 17,000 hours in each calendar year).


If your organization is considering applying for AmeriCorps funding, this workshop is for you.  The workshop is free to attend and lunch will not be provided. We recommend organizations send teams of two individuals, one program and one fiscal representative. Register at: