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FY 2021 AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) Program

Grants to USA Nonprofit Organizations for Programs
to Benefit Low-Income Individuals and Communities

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Deadline Date:

06/01/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofits for programs to significantly assist individuals and communities impacted by poverty, particularly in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended for activities focused on education at all levels, economic development, access to health care, and services for veterans and military families.

AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. VISTA supports efforts to alleviate poverty by encouraging individuals from all walks of life to engage in a year of full-time service with a sponsoring organization to create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.

AmeriCorps VISTA is seeking project applications for programming in any of the following four CNCS Focus Areas in FY 2021:

  • Economic Opportunity
  • Healthy Futures
  • Education
  • Veterans and Military Families

Target Populations include:

  • Low-income Native Americans, Native Alaskans, and Pacific Islanders
  • Low-income individuals with disabilities
  • Low-income communities
  • Unemployed individuals
  • Low-income adults
  • Low-income youth
  • Individuals and families experiencing homelessness
  • Low-income formerly incarcerated youth
  • Low-income formerly incarcerated adults
  • Low-income veterans
  • Low-income military families

For further details on the priority focus areas, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186610

Number of Grants:

150 new and 770 continuation applications

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations, Native American Tribes, and state and local government agencies are eligible to apply to be AmeriCorps VISTA sponsors. With regard to nonprofit organizations, sponsorship is not limited to those designated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) specifically as 501(c)(3). Nonprofits with other IRS-designated 501(c) statuses that focus on anti-poverty outcomes are eligible to apply.

Organizations that focus solely on advocacy or lobbying are not eligible.

Pre-proposal Conference:

VISTA Request for Concept Papers Webinars

December 2, 2020 at 3:00 PM ET

The dates of the webinars for Cycle 3 (February 2021) and Cycle 4 (May 2021) will be announced at a later date.

Pre-Application Information:

AmeriCorps VISTA FY2021 Request for Concept Papers (RFCP) Timeline:

Cycle 1:
- Webinar: September 10, 2020 3:00 PM ET
- Concept Papers Due: Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET
- Concept Paper Decisions Target Date: November 2020
- Application Award Target Date: January 2021

Cycle 2:
- Webinar: December 2, 2020 3:00 PM ET
- Concept Papers Due: Monday, January 4, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET
- Concept Paper Decisions Target Date: February 2021
- Application Award Target Date: April 2021

Cycle 3:
- Webinar: February 2021
- Concept Papers Due: Monday, March 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET
- Concept Paper Decisions Target Date: April 2021
- Application Award Target Date: May 2021

Cycle 4:
- Webinar: May 2021
- Concept Papers Due: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET
- Concept Paper Decisions Target Date: July 2021
- Application Award Target Date: August 2021

Applicants are recommended to contact their local CNCS Regional Office to discuss project ideas and questions prior to submitting a concept paper.

For organizations that wish to develop an AmeriCorps VISTA project, CNCS conducts a quarterly Request for Concept Papers process, and organizations complete a two-step process to apply for VISTA resources:

Step 1 – AmeriCorps VISTA Concept Paper
Organizations submit an AmeriCorps VISTA concept paper via eGrants. The concept paper is a preliminary screening tool that CNCS uses to evaluate whether the organization would be an appropriate VISTA sponsor and if the proposed project meets core criteria.

Step 2 – AmeriCorps VISTA Project Application
If the Concept Paper is accepted, the organization is invited to submit a full AmeriCorps VISTA Project Application, which includes additional narratives and performance measures.

Click here to view the September 10, 2020 recorded webinar:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, contact:

Corporation for National and Community Service
250 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20525


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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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