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Request for Proposals

AmeriCorps Formula/Planning Grant Funding Opportunity


AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages groups of individuals in dedicated terms of service to address particular community needs. 


MSA is accepting applications for two types of AmeriCorps grants:


  • Operating Grants: MSA funds operating grants that support fully-developed plans to establish a Massachusetts AmeriCorps program or to support, expand, or replicate an existing program. Grant awards are renewed annually for a total of three years subject to annual review and availability of federal appropriations.
  • Planning Grants: MSA will award up to $50,000 under this initiative to nonprofit organizations, cities, towns, states, faith based or any partnership thereof that does not currently receive AmeriCorps State funding from MSA.


For more information on how to apply for this opportunity, please view the RFP here.


Intent to Apply Deadline: March 31, 2017


Full Application Deadline: April 17, 2017

Concept Paper Application  

AmeriCorps programs that seek to reduce and/or prevent prescription drug and opioid abuse


For more information on how to apply for this particular opportunity, please view the concept paper application here


MSA will review submissions on a rolling basis and will respond to applicants regarding the status of their application within one week.  Applicants invited to the next stage will work with MSA to develop a full application to be considered for submission to the Corporation for National and Community Service.


Concept Paper Application Deadline: Applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP but no later than April 7, 2017


Full Application Deadline: May 10, 2017


If you would like to learn more or have any questions about either the request for proposals or the concept paper application, please contact Beth McGuinness, Director of Programs, at bmcguinness@mass-service.org.

Through a competitive grant process, MSA selects and supports a portfolio of programs that are addressing the unmet critical needs of the state. Members serve in a variety of capacities such as tutoring during and after school, providing legal services, renovating low-income housing, and completing environmental service projects.


The AmeriCorps State grant process begins with the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) in late summer. Once the RFP is released, it will be posted on this page. In addition, please sign up for updates below to receive the RFP announcement via email. Organizations are typically notified of funding by the end of June the following year. For more information about AmeriCorps State Programs click here, and for more information about applying for AmeriCorps click here, or contact Beth McGuinness, Director of Programs, at bmcguinness@mass-service.org or (617) 542-2544 x217.