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)
|Sep. 8, 2014||Letters of Intent Due|
|Sep. 22, 2014||VGF Application Due|
2015 Maryland AmeriCorps State Competitive Funding
- 2015 Concept Paper Outline
- 2015 Concept Paper Instructions
- AmeriCorps Funding at a Glance
- Sample AmeriCorps Program Budget
- Sample AmeriCorps Program Director Job Description
- Sample AmeriCorps Member Position Description
|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|