Planning and Program Development Grants

Innovation grants support innovative demonstration service programs that build the ethic of service among Americans of all ages and backgrounds.

These include the AmeriCorps Education Award Program, AmeriCorps Promise Fellows, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service grants, and Disability Outreach
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

In one innovative Education Award program, Frostburg State University in Maryland has a freshman dormatory hall where all residents participate on a part-time basis as AmeriCorps Education Award Program members, with the education award going to support their enrollment at Frostburg.

These AmeriCorps HallSTAR members tutor in area schools, support community service agencies, and enroll in courses reinforcing the service-learning experience.

More than 500 AmeriCorps Promise Fellows are spearheading community efforts to provide young people with the five fundamental resources identified at the Presidents' Summit for America's Future: caring adults in their lives as parents, mentors, tutors, and coaches; safe places with structured activities in which to learn and grow; a healthy start; an effective education that equips them with marketable skills; and an opportunity to give back to communities through service.

In California, 22 Fellows serve on projects that promote increase use of health screening and immunization services in underserved areas, that expand the number of after-school programs, and that create job shadowing and community service activities for youth.

In New York, 12 Fellows coordinate technology-based Family Learning Centers that train children to be peer tutors and enable students to achieve grade-level skills in reading and math.

In Maryland, a Fellow is creating a national mentoring program for first-time juvenile offenders.

Agency - Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service is the nation's largest grant-maker supporting service and volunteering. Through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs, the Corporation is a catalyst for change and offers every American a chance to contribute through service and volunteering.

Office - A list of field offices is available in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Tennessee State University $ 117,443   2015-09-152017-09-14
Points Of Light Foundation, Inc. $ 249,861   2015-09-152017-09-14
Arc Of The United States, Inc., The $ 312,468   2015-09-152017-09-14
Old Colony Y $ 66,914   2015-07-152017-07-14
Points Of Light Foundation, Inc. $ 244,441   2015-07-152017-07-14
Service For Peace, Inc. $ 256,750   2015-07-152017-07-14
My Good Deed $ 376,750   2015-07-152017-07-14
Service For Peace, Inc. $ 314,000   2015-09-152017-07-05
Iowa Western Community College $ 217,189   2015-09-152017-06-30
Youth Service America Inc $ 164,047   2015-09-152017-06-30

Program Accomplishments

Education Award Program grants supported more than 13,000 full-and part-time AmeriCorps members who served with national and community service groups in education, public safety, environmental, health and human service programs. The Disability Outreach initiative was initiated in fiscal year 2000 and the grants award process is still in process.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Varies by program.

AmeriCorps Promise Fellows support community efforts to achieve the five goals for children and youth set at the Presidents' Summit on America's Future.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Day of Service Grants support community-based service activities conducted to honor the ideals of Dr. King in conjunction with the federal holiday marking his birth.

Disability outreach grants support efforts to increase the number of people with disabilities in national and community service.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State, local governments, and nonprofit organizations are eligible for demonstration grants.

State commissions, national nonprofit organizations, and operating AmeriCorps programs are eligible for disability grants.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local governments and nonprofit organizations are beneficiaries of demonstration grants Persons with disabilities who are participants in AmeriCorps programs operated by State commissions, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, and governments are beneficiaries of disability grants.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Described in the Notice of Funding Availability published in the Federal Register for each program.

Award Procedures

The Corporation for National Service awards the grants.


Deadlines vary according to the program and are published in the Federal Register.


National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

There is a two to four month range.




Varies by program.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Varies by program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Varies by program.

Post Assistance Requirements


Varies by program.


Audits are performed annually.


Records must be maintained as required by the individual grant.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $9,029,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported. (Total for all activities under Innovation Programs.)

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Demonstration grants generally range from $25,000 to $500,000. However, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service grants generally are for $5,000 or less.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

For final guidelines, contact the headquarters office.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

A list of field offices is available in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Corporation for National Service, 1201 New York Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20525. Telephone: (202) 606-6715.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Varies by program. Specific criteria is published in the Federal Register through a Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) when appropriate. The Corporation is looking for high quality programs that have the potential to be replicated and which provide meaningful service activities for Americans of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

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