AmeriCorps Grants

Grant Process

Each August, the Rhode Island Commission for National and Community Service, also known as Serve Rhode Island, publishes a Request for Proposals (RFP) in conjunction with the release of the Corporation for National and Community Service’s AmeriCorps State and National Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations to recruit, train and manage AmeriCorps members who address unmet community needs. Please refer to the key dates and application documents below. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Adam Donaldson, Director of Operations, at

Key Dates 

2018 Grant Process is now closed to new applicants. Typical timeline is:

August - RFP Published
September - Intent to Apply Form deadline
October - Phase I Pre-Application deadline
November - Phase II Final Application deadline
December - Application Review
January - Approved Applications submitted to federal competition
March - Respond to "Clarification" Questions from Corporation for National and Community Service  
May - Notification of Grant Awards
July - Awards made / programs start

Multi-State/ National Applicants

National Direct Consultation Link

The Rhode Island Commission participates along with 40 other service commissions in an online format developed by America's Service Commissions for multi-state applicants (National Directs) to initiate their consultation with state service commissions.

Click here to access the National Direct Consultation Form.

Why Consultation? 
As part of the Serve America Act, National Direct Consultation was established to help increase collaboration and coordination among national service programs, which in turn supports the efficient use of national service funds in each state.Consultation is a requirement outlined in the FY18 AmeriCorps NOFO for new, recompete and continuation applicants. State service commissions use the information provided through the National Direct Consultation process to provide input to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) on funding decisions that may impact their state, as well as provide feedback/recommendations to the National Direct applicant.