AmeriCorps*State operates through the Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Service (OCVS) and the Governor-appointed Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism to provide grants to public and nonprofit organizations that sponsor service programs throughout Virginia, including faith-based and community organizations, higher education institutions, and public agencies. Grants assist these groups in recruiting, training and placing more than 740 AmeriCorps members to meet critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment across Virginia. Since 1994, more than 10,000 Virginia residents have served over 15 million hours and qualified for AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling nearly $29,000,000.
Applying for Americorps*State Grants
An annual Request for Proposals are issued annually that solicits and funds grant proposals from community and faith-based organizations seeking to use AmeriCorps service members in the delivery of program services. Additional AmeriCorps funding, available through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is distributed directly to state, multi-state, and national organizations through a competitive grants process. For AmeriCorps*State, OVCS accepts applications from:
- State and local nonprofit organizations
- Community and faith-based organizations
- State, local, and higher education institutions
- State and local governments
- U.S. Territories