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AmeriCorps Program Planning Grant Funding

2016-2017 AmeriCorps*State Program Planning Grant Request for Proposals (RFP)

The purpose of the AmeriCorps Planning Grant Request for Proposals (RFP) is to solicit proposals that plan to establish AmeriCorps*State programs in Wisconsin through use of funding by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) through the State of Wisconsin.

The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic participation through service and volunteering. CNCS—through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs—has helped to engage millions of citizens in meeting community and national challenges through service and volunteer action.  Through all its programs, CNCS seeks to expand economic opportunity – helping Americans acquire the skills, education, and training they need for productive employment.  By helping Americans graduate, pursue higher education, and find work, national service can provide immediate and long-term benefits by expanding individual opportunity, building family stability, and creating more sustainable, resilient communities.


AmeriCorps*State planning grants allow organizations to begin developing their plans to host an AmeriCorps program.  Planning grant activities may involve work to establish a new program in Wisconsin or to replicate a successful existing program model in unserved or underserved areas of the state.  Organizations use planning grants to become better prepared to compete for an AmeriCorps program grant in the subsequent grant cycle (2017-2018).  Planning grants may not be used to support AmeriCorps members.


The deadline for AmeriCorps planning grant applications has passed.  The information below is posted for your information.  If you would like to be notified of future planning grant opportunities, please send an e-mail to servewisconsin@wisconsin.gov.


RFP and Application Instructions


Below are links to the documents that you must review in order to complete and submit a planning grant proposal.

2016-2017 AmeriCorps State Planning Grant RFP.pdf  PDF

Appendix A - AmeriCorps Program Planning Grant Budget Template.docx (required document for submission)  Word

Appendix B - AmeriCorps Planning Grant Review Form.pdf  PDF

2016-17 Planning Grant Application Instructions and Attachments.pdf  PDF



Technical Assistance and RFP Contact


A technical assistance webinar will be offered to those who submit a Notification of Intent to Apply by 12:00 p.m. CT on May 9, 2016.

All questions regarding this RFP must be submitted in writing to the RFP Manager via e-mail at Jessica.kessler@wisconsin.gov or mail to WNCSB RFP Manager, 1 W. Wilson St. Room B-274, Madison, WI 53703.


A list of questions submitted via writing and answers will be posted on this website regularly.



Information about AmeriCorps

To learn more about AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), please visit the following websites:


AmeriCorps State and National

Organizational Fit Finder (Is AmeriCorps right for your organization?)

Corporation for National and Community Service

Serve Wisconsin
Serve Wisconsin
1 West Wilson Street | Room B274 | Madison, WI 53703

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