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.

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 will be posted here at a later date.
  • 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)

Technical Assistance and Resources 

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.  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.  Volunteer Iowa also prepared guidance for Iowa Public Health AmeriCorps applicants to know of Iowa-specific requirements:


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