AmeriCorps Program Planning Grant

​2018-2019 AmeriCorps*State Program Planning Grant Request for Proposals

Now accepting submissions!

Oftentimes organizations are interested in utilizing AmeriCorps resources, but they aren't quite sure where to begin. From developing a logic model to familiarizing yourself with national service, there is a lot to be done. The AmeriCorps Planning Grant Request for Proposals (RFP) was created to reduce organizations' barriers to creating an AmeriCorps program. Grantees will receive direct technical assistance from Serve Wisconsin and up to 12 months of funding to plan 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 (2019-2020).

All interested applicants must submit a Notification of Intent to Apply by midnight on May 3, 2018; access the survey here: Submitting a Notification of Intent to apply does not obligate you to apply.

See RFP #1819-WNCSB-PG below for more details.

Note: The RFP and instructions on this page are for Planning Grant proposals.  If you are interested in applying for an AmeriCorps Program, please see the information on this page instead: AmeriCorps RFP.


Date (all dates show in 2018)
​April 9
​RFP release
​May 3
Notification of Intent to Apply due
​May 11
​Last day for submitting written inquiries regarding this RFP
​May 15
​Proposals and additional documents due

RFP and Application Instructions

Below are links to the documents that must be reviewed and used to complete a planning grant proposal.

2018-2019 AmeriCorps*State Planning Grant Request for Proposals #1819-WNCSB-PG 

Appendix A- Planning Grant Additional Documents Checklist

Appendix B- AmeriCorps Planning Grant Budget Template

Appendix C- AmeriCorps Planning Grant Review Form

2018-2019 Planning Grant Application Instructions and Attachments

Technical Assistance Webinar Schedule and Participation Information

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Technical Assistance Webinar - May 4 at 2pm CT
This webinar will provide a high level overview of the RFP while providing ample opportunities for attendees to ask questions. Please use the information below to join both the audio and web conference in order to be able to see the content that is being presented verbally and visually.

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RFP Questions & Answers

All questions regarding the RFP must be submitted in writing by 12:00 midnight CT on May 11, 2018, to Questions via telephone will not be accepted. You may review the Q&A from the previous competition below.

Formula & Planning Grant RFP Q&A - 2017 -18

Technical Assistance From Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative (WEC)

Serve Wisconsin, with support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, is providing each AmeriCorps program applicant up to four hours of 1:1 consultation with evaluators from the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative (WEC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Please fill out this survey form, and WEC will get in touch with you to set up a time to discuss your needs.