AmeriCorps Program Planning Grant

​2019-2020 AmeriCorps*State Planning Grant Request for Proposals

Now accepting applications!

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 (2020-2021).

Applicants are required to submit a Notification of Intent to Apply by April 24, 2019 by 11:59 PM CT. 

See RFP #1920-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.

Important Dates

Date (all dates show in 2019)
​March 18
​RFP release
​April 24
Notification of Intent to Apply due
April 30
​Last day for submitting written inquiries regarding this RFP
​May 2
​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.

2019-2020 AmeriCorps*State Planning Grant Request for Proposals #1920-WNCSB-PG 

Appendix A- Planning Grant Additional Documents Checklist

Appendix B- AmeriCorps Planning Grant Budget Template

Appendix C- AmeriCorps Planning Grant Review Form

2019-2020 Planning Grant Application Instructions and Attachments

Technical Assistance

Confused? We have a few resources to help. 

Planning Grant RFP Webinar - April 4 at 9:30 AM

Deciding whether this grant competition is right for you? We'll talk through some basics about the grant competition and leave plenty of time to address the specific questions brought by attendees.

To add this meeting to your Outlook or email calendar, copy and paste the following link: 

 To join the web conference, copy and paste the following link: 


Other Resources
Sample Planning Grant Timeline

Sample Planning Grant Budget

RFP Questions & Answers

All questions regarding the RFP must be submitted in writing no later than April 30, 2019, to Questions via telephone will not be accepted. For reference, you may review questions and answers compiled from the last competition below. An updated document will be posted when it becomes available.

Planning Grant RFP Q&A - 2019 -20 (uploaded 4/2/2019)

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.