AmeriCorps State Grants

Each year Volunteer Iowa grants and administers around $6.5 million of AmeriCorps State funding in Iowa through a competitive grant process. Programs may be awarded funding at the national level (through competitive funding) or state level (through formula funding).


  • Volunteer Iowa posts its Requests for Applications for AmeriCorps State on this webpage.
  • The Iowa application materials are based on the AmeriCorps State and National notices of funding opportunity and application instructions, but organizations that wish to operate an AmeriCorps State program solely within Iowa must follow the Volunteer Iowa application process.
  • Contact Senior Policy & Development Officer Jamie Orozco Nagel at or 515-348-6233 with questions about the AmeriCorps State application process.

NEW 2022-2023 Iowa AmeriCorps State Formula Planning Grants Available

  • Volunteer Iowa is pleased to announce its funding opportunity for 2022-2023 Iowa AmeriCorps State Planning Grants. 
  • Planning grants support organizations with funds to allow them to work on plans for the design and implementation of new AmeriCorps State programs.
  • Planning Grant Pre-Application Deadline: August 16, 2022
  • Planning Grant Final Application Deadline: September 13, 2022
  • Planning Grant Start Date: November 1, 2022

Planning Grant Application Materials:

NEW 2022-2023 Iowa AmeriCorps State Formula Application Process

  • Volunteer Iowa is pleased to announce its funding opportunity for 2022-2023 Iowa AmeriCorps State Formula Applicants. 
  • The Formula application process is open both to new applicants and existing AmeriCorps State and National Grantees who were not selected for the competitive process. 
  • All new Iowa AmeriCorps State applicants must submit a Formula Pre-Application due February 3 or March 3, 2022.
  • Final applications for Returning programs are due March 15, 2022 and April 5, 2022 for New applicants.
  • Applicants will meet before the Grant Review Committee in May with funding decisions expected by late May 2022.
  • Programs funded under this opportunity may choose from three start dates: August 1, 2022; September 1, 2022; or January 1, 2023.

Formula Application Materials:

Technical Assistance and Resources 

AMERICORPS Logic Model Template 

2022-2023 Iowa AmeriCorps State Competitive Application Process

  • Volunteer Iowa is pleased to announce its funding opportunity for 2022-2023 Iowa AmeriCorps State Competitive Applicants.  Application Materials for the Formula Competition are posted above.
  • The Competitive application process is open to existing AmeriCorps State and National Grantees.  Previous program sponsors who have recently had an AmeriCorps State Grant may also be eligible to apply- contact Volunteer Iowa to discuss.
  • All current Iowa AmeriCorps State operational programs must submit a Competitive Pre-Application.

Competitive Application Materials:

Competitive Application Timeline

  • Review the Request for Grant Applications (RFA) from Volunteer Iowa for a full application timeline.
  • Competitive Funding Opportunity Announcement, Request for Applications, & Pre-Application Instructions Published: 9/20/2021
  • Competitive Pre-Application Deadlines: 10/4/2021
  • Final Competitive Application Deadline: 11/23/2021 (a final deadline for Formula-only applicants will be announced when the Formula RFA is released)
  • Funding Announcement: 5/2022* (anticipated for Competitive programs)
  • Program Start Date: 8/1/2022, 9/1/2022, or 1/1/2023 (applicant chooses from these start dates)

National Direct Consultation 

  • Volunteer Iowa participates in the AmeriCorps National Direct Consultation process coordinated by America’s Service Commissions (ASC).  Any AmeriCorps National Direct program proposing to operate in Iowa is asked to complete the form found on ASC’s consultation page.

Public Health AmeriCorps

The AMERICORPS federal agency has launched Public Health AmeriCorps, a new partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support the recruitment, training, and development of a new generation of public health leaders who will be ready to respond to the nation’s public health needs. The deadline to apply for a Public Health AmeriCorps program for the 2022-2023 program year has passed but there will be another opportunity to apply for a grant in the fall of 2022. Applicants proposing to operate a Public Health AmeriCorps programming in Iowa are required to complete the consultation form that is also used by National Direct AmeriCorps applicants and is found on the America’s Service Commissions consultation page.

Volunteer Iowa is able to provide technical assistance to interested Iowa applicants. Contact for more information.


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