|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2020
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Volunteer Florida, the organization responsible for managing AmeriCorps programs in the State of Florida, is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 AmeriCorps formula funding request for proposals (RFP). Organizations interested in applying should respond to the RFP by Friday, March 6 at 5 pm (ET).
“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 members,” 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 young 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 rebuilding after natural disasters.
AmeriCorps funding is made available by CNCS, the federal agency for volunteering and national service, and administered by state service commissions, like Volunteer Florida. 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.
To view the RFP and application instructions, please click here. Proposals are due to Volunteer Florida by 5 pm (ET) on Friday, March 6, 2020.
To learn more about this opportunity and the RFP process, please join us for our technical assistance webinars on Thursday, February 6. There will be a call at 10 am (ET) for continuation applicants and a call 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.
Volunteer Florida will also host a webinar series to review the overall AmeriCorps funding opportunity:
Wednesday, January 29 at 2 pm (ET) – AmeriCorps 101
Tuesday, February 18 at 2 pm (ET) – Creating Strong Narratives
Thursday, February 20 at 2 pm (ET) – AmeriCorps Budget 101
AmeriCorps is a program funded by the U.S. Congress under the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number 94.006. The national public/private partnership supporting AmeriCorps is the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or, in most instances, religion.
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. For more information, please visit www.volunteerflorida.org.