|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 21, 2020
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Volunteer Florida, the entity responsible for managing AmeriCorps programs in the State of Florida, is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 AmeriCorps competitive funding request for proposals (RFP). Organizations interested in applying should respond to the RFP by Monday, November 2, 2020 at 5 pm (ET).
“AmeriCorps members do tremendous work to strengthen and serve Florida’s communities,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “Today, I am pleased to join Volunteer Florida to announce this opportunity for organizations across our state to strengthen their mission through national service.”
“Volunteer Florida, with the support of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is proud to increase the capacity and impact of organizations across the Sunshine State through AmeriCorps,” said Volunteer Florida CEO Clay Ingram. “AmeriCorps members ‘get things done’ in Florida and I encourage organizations who are interested in bringing this change to their communities to consider applying.”
Each year, nearly 1,700 people across our state take the pledge to strengthen Florida’s communities through AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps members serve in many different capacities, including educational support, veteran services, public land conservation, disaster response and more. Member activities include tutoring and mentoring underserved students, supporting veterans and military families, sustaining state parks and responding to emergencies and disasters, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funding for AmeriCorps is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering and national service, and administered by state service commissions. Over the past 25 years, AmeriCorps has empowered over one million individuals across our nation to dedicate a year to service and become the solution to our communities’ most pressing issues. In return, members gain leadership skills and on-the-job-training, as well as a living stipend and education award that can be used to help pay for college or repay student loans upon the completion of their service year.
This year, CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in several areas. Some of these funding priorities include efforts to help communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and programs that prepare individuals to enter the workforce.
To view the RFP and application instructions, please click here. Proposals are due to Volunteer Florida by 5 pm (ET) on Monday, November 2, 2020.
To learn more about AmeriCorps and the RFP process, please join us for our technical assistance webinars on Tuesday, October 13. There will be a webinar at 10 am (ET) for continuation applicants and a webinar at 2 pm (ET) for new and recompete applicants. To register for the continuation webinar, please click here. To register for the new/recompete webinar please click here.
If you have any questions regarding AmeriCorps or the funding process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Volunteer Florida
In 1994, Volunteer Florida was established in Florida Statutes to manage national service programs, such as AmeriCorps, and advocate for volunteerism throughout the Sunshine State. Since then, Volunteer Florida has evolved to serve as the state’s lead agency for mobilizing volunteers and coordinating donations before, during and after disasters, including managing the Florida Disaster Fund. After 25 years, Volunteer Florida remains committed to promoting volunteerism in Florida, and recently launched the state’s official volunteer opportunities platform, Volunteer Connect. Through our work, Volunteer Florida delivers high-impact volunteer programs and opportunities that engage Floridians, transform communities and make the state a better place to live.
AmeriCorps is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering and service, and recently marked its 25th anniversary. Since the program’s inception in 1994, more than 1.1 million AmeriCorps members have served the nation, providing more than 1.6 billion hours of service and earning nearly $4 billion in education awards to pay for college or pay back student loans. Those interested in serving can learn more at AmeriCorps.gov/join.