Interested in hosting AmeriCorps members? New to the AmeriWorld?
Use the following guide to determine how AmeriCorps fits with your organization and to determine what type of AmeriCorps program fits best.
- State and local nonprofit organization
- Community and faith-based organization
- State, local, and higher education institution
- State and local government
Is your organization focused on one of the following?
Education / natural disaster response & recovery, economic opportunity within communities/environmental protection/ health services/or veterans-military family support? Then, the AmeriCorps State & National program, which supports intensive direct service activities, may be the right fit for you.
AmeriCorps members tutor and mentor youth, operate before and after school programs, build affordable housing, help veterans, respond to disasters and promote food security, employment, education opportunities, housing access, and legal services.
For more information, review How AmeriCorps Fits Your Organization and contact Oklahoma AmeriCorps at: email@example.com
What is your project duration and how many members does your organization require?
If your mission falls under one of the focus areas listed above and your organization has the capacity to manage a minimum of 10 members along with the ability to manage the administrative, programmatic, and fiscal aspects of an AmeriCorps program, please contact the Oklahoma AmeriCorps office at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If your organization is interested in hosting one or a few members, you can apply to be a host site for the Oklahoma Serves or Oklahoma In Action program through the Red River Community Corps. Visit http://rrccok.org/ or contact Patricia Christensen at email@example.com.
Or, you can contact the Corporation for National and Community Service State Office, which manages AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and Senior Service Corps programs (e.g., Retired Senior Volunteer Program). For more information, contact Abbey Klepper at (405) 231-5201 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you only want the help of a group of members for a short-term project, you can contact the AmeriCorps program closest to your location to see if all or some of their members would be available for a short-term service project. And/or you can contact the North Central Region Campus of the AmeriCorps*National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), located in Denver, CO. Contact Crystal Kelley at email@example.com. NCCC projects must be team-based with adequate work to support a group of 10-15 members for a period of 6 weeks -approximately 40 hours of work per week per member. Project sponsors need to provide members with food and safe housing for member during the project. For more information: http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-nccc
If you are planning a multi-state program? Then apply as a National Direct: http://www.nationalservice.gov/ASNgrants
For information on all National Service Programs, visit: http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs
What is AmeriCorps?
When was it created?
What do AmeriCorps members do?
AmeriCorps Members strengthen nonprofits and the clients they serve! They help community and faith-based organizations expand services, build capacity, raise funds, develop new partnerships, and create innovative, sustainable programs.
Working with organizations such as the American Red Cross, City Year, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Boys and Girls Clubs and Teach for America as well as many other national, state, and local nonprofit organizations and public schools, AmeriCorps members recruit and train volunteers, tutor and mentor at-risk youth, provide economic opportunity through job placement programs, work in food security programs, build and rehabilitate homes, clean rivers and restore parks, help seniors live independently, provide health care in underserved rural and Native American communities, and provide emergency and long-term assistance to victims of natural disasters, among other things. AmeriCorps members serve in communities across America, in both urban and rural areas.
How many AmeriCorps members are serving in Oklahoma?
Where do AmeriCorps members serve?
Who can be an AmeriCorps member?
Who can apply for AmeriCorps funds?
Who makes the funding decisions?
What does an AmeriCorps grant pay for?
There are three kinds of AmeriCorps grants: Operating Grants, Fixed Cost and Education Award Program grants.
Operating Grants pay for member living allowances and benefits, member training, staff costs, operating costs, evaluation and administration. The Corporation for National and Community Service will pay for a certain portion of these costs, while the local agency hosting the program is responsible for the remaining portion through matching funds.
Fixed Cost Grants: grantees do not have an approved budget in their grant award and do not have specific restrictions on the use of the grant funds because the amount of the grant will be significantly less than the cost of conducting the program. For the AmeriCorps fixed-amount awards grantees will receive an award for a specific amount per MSY.
An Education Awards Program grant provides up a maximum amount per full-time member to help support program operations. Agencies interested in applying for Education Awards Program grants must already have the majority of their operating expenses covered by other funding sources. In addition to both kinds of grants, the Corporation for National and Community Service makes education awards available to members who complete their terms of service.
How much do AmeriCorps members get paid?
How much does it cost to run an AmeriCorps program?
Where do the agencies’ matching funds come from?
How many AmeriCorps members can an agency request?
What if I only want to involve one or a few AmeriCorps members?
You can apply to be a host site for the Oklahoma Serves or Oklahoma In Action program through the Red River Community Corps. Visit http://rrccok.org/ or contact Paula Wackenheim at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can contact the Corporation for National and Community Service State Office, which manages AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and Senior Service Corps programs (e.g., Retired Senior Volunteer Program). For more information, contact Theresa Long at (405) 231-5201.
What if I only want the help of a group of members for a short-term project?
When does the AmeriCorps program/contract year begin?
For how long can an agency receive AmeriCorps funds?
How do I apply for AmeriCorps funds?
Begin your application process by answering the following questions:
- What critical needs does your proposed program address?
- How will your program recruit, train, engage and manage AmeriCorps members?
- What will your program design look like?
- How will you manage the administrative, programmatic, and fiscal aspects of the program?
- Who are the potential community partners in collaboration with your program?
- How will you meet the matching requirements of a federal program?
- How will you measure direct and demonstrable results of your program through performance measures and program evaluation?
Where do I find out about AmeriCorps funding opportunities?
What are the benefits of hosting an AmeriCorps Member?
Are AmeriCorps members paid on an hourly or salary basis?
What are the different types of AmeriCorps programs?
AmeriCorps State and National: AmeriCorps State and National supports a broad range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive service to meet critical community needs. Learn more.
AmeriCorps*VISTA: AmeriCorps*VISTA provides full-time members to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs to bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. Learn more.
AmeriCorps NCCC: The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps is a full-time residential program for men and women, ages 18-24, that strengthens communities while developing leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. Learn more.