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Serve Indiana accepts grant proposals for AmeriCorps* State programs on an annual basis. CNCS and the Serve Indiana Commission seeks to fund programs that can demonstrate community impact and solve community problems through an evidence-based approach
Types of Applicants
Not sure what type of applicant you are and you are seeking operational funding? Our flow chart might help: Types of Operational Funding Applicants
Types of Grants Available
Make sure you read all the information contained on our AmeriCorps page and take the Readiness Assessment (found on our Resources for Organizations webpage) before starting your application. If the Readiness Assessment reveals the organization is not yet ready to operate a full AmeriCorps program, it may instead be ready to act as a host site for one of our current operating programs or it might be ready to apply for a planning grant.
New organizations are strongly encouraged to apply for a planning grant prior to applying for an operating grant. The planning grant process can take 1-2 years to get to a point of having active members (if operating funds are awarded). For a traditional planning grant, the organization would apply for the funding in September/October of year 1. If awarded, they would use the planning grant funds starting in September of year 2 to learn about AmeriCorps and develop a quality application submitted in application for an operating grant that would begin in August/September of year 3. For a 3/9 planning grant, the organization should contact Serve Indiana for a description of the process and timeline (which is generally shorter).
If you are curious about the process of the planning period of a planning grant please contact us.
The following chart will give new applicants a general understanding of the order and general time of year that the deadlines occur. Specific days can be found in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and Request for Proposals (RFP). All items in the following timeline are subject to change and should not be considered final.
2015-2016 Concept Paper Instructions for Planning Grants and Operational Grants (Released August 19, 2014) for New and Re-Compete Applicants. The Concept Paper was due September 12, 2014.
2014-2015 Request for Proposals for Planning and Operating Grants (Released August 1, 2013, Concept Paper/Notice of Intent Due September 3, 2013)
2014 Indiana Planning Grant Application Instructions (Released October 11, 2013, Due November 7, 2013)
2014 Indiana New and Recompete Application Instructions (Released October 11, 2013, Due November 7, 2013)
*More regulations and resources are located on the “Resources for Grantees” page if you are interested in understanding all the regulations involved in managing an AmeriCorps program.