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Available Funding

Volunteer Generation Fund

The Volunteer Generation Fund will increase the number of people who serve in meaningful roles as volunteers dedicated to addressing important needs in communities across America.

More specifically, the Fund will support efforts that expand the capacity of volunteer connector organizations to recruit, manage, support, and retain individuals to serve in high quality volunteer assignments, including those that are aligned with special days of service such as Martin Luther King Jr., Day and the September 11 Day of Service and Remembrance. The GOSV is also interested in supporting volunteer connector agencies that are focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiatives.

In order to measure performance, programs funded through the VGF will establish outputs to measure the number recruited and managed volunteers supported by grant funds awards and the types and amounts of activities carried out by volunteers. Additionally, VGF grants will support efforts to build the management capacity and effectiveness of volunteer connector organizations, especially in the critical area of volunteer retention.

AmeriCorps State Grants

AmeriCorps is a national service program, which engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in community service to meet critical needs in the areas of disaster services, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, opportunity, and veterans and military families.

Each year, the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV) issues Application Instructions for organizations to compete for program funding to support AmeriCorps service activities. In general, instructions are released in September and February, and grant applications are due in November and April (respectively). These AmeriCorps funds are made available through the federal Corporation for National and Community Service; funds are limited and extremely competitive.

Eligible applicants include: private or public nonprofit organizations, state/local government, Native American Tribal governments, and institutions of higher education.

To learn about AmeriCorps funding, we highly encourage individuals and organizations to take part in our monthly funding overview webinar. Find all of our upcoming AmeriCorps funding overview webinar dates with links for registration.

2014-2015 Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF)

Supporting Documents

Key Dates

Sep. 8, 2014 Letters of Intent Due
Sep. 22, 2014 VGF Application Due

2015 Maryland AmeriCorps State Competitive Funding

Supporting Documents

Key Dates

Oct. 15, 2014 Concept Paper due via email., 5:00pm
Nov. 13, 2014 New and Recompete Grant applications Due via eGrants (by invitation only)
Dec. 16, 2014 Grant reviews, site visits, applicant clarifications, and edits due in eGrants
Dec. 22, 2014 GCOSV vote for Competitive submission
Jun. 2015 Competitive Funding Award Announcement
Jul. - Oct. 2015 Distribution of grant award packets and program launch

State of Maryland Grants

For links to grants available from other State Government agencies, visit the Maryland Governor's Grants Office at

Corporation for National and Community Service Grants

The federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), directly funds AmeriCorps VISTA and other national volunteer service programs and initiatives. Learn about the funding competitions and browse the CNCS archive at the CNCS site.

Other Federal Government Grants

For all posted federal funding opportunities, visit