|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2021
External Affairs Office
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Volunteer Florida, the organization responsible for managing AmeriCorps programs in the State of Florida, is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 AmeriCorps formula funding request for proposals (RFP). Organizations interested in applying should respond to the RFP by Monday, March 8 at 5 pm (ET).
“AmeriCorps members dedicate a year of their lives to service and in return, Florida is a better place to live, work and raise a family,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “I applaud Volunteer Florida for making this funding available to organizations across our state who are helping our students and veterans, protecting our environment and restoring our communities after disaster.”
“Volunteer Florida, with the support of the federal agency, AmeriCorps, is proud to increase the capacity and impact of organizations across the Sunshine State through AmeriCorps members,” said Volunteer Florida CEO Corey Simon. “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 the federal agency, AmeriCorps, 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 Monday, March 8, 2021.
To learn more about this opportunity and the RFP process, please join us for our technical assistance webinars on Tuesday, February 9. 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.
Volunteer Florida will also host a webinar series to review the overall AmeriCorps funding opportunity:
Thursday, January 28 at 2 pm (ET) – AmeriCorps 101: Serve, Impact, Transform
Tuesday, February 16 at 2 pm (ET) – Creating Strong Narratives
Thursday, February 18 at 2 pm (ET) – AmeriCorps Budget 101
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 launched the state’s official volunteer opportunities platform, Volunteer Connect, in fall 2019. 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, a federal agency, brings people together to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges, through national service and volunteering. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve with organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities. AmeriCorps helps make service to others a cornerstone of our national culture. Learn more at AmeriCorps.gov.