Serve Illinois - AmeriCorps Competitve
CSFA Number: 482-00-0781
Agency Name
Department Of Public Health (482)
Agency Contact
Melissa Turley
Short Description
The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic participation through service and volunteering. CNCS—through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund—has helped to engage millions of Americans in meeting community and national challenges through service and volunteer action.

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in well-designed interventions to strengthen communities. An AmeriCorps member is an individual who engages in community service through an approved national service position. Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service, members receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust.

Through all its programs, CNCS seeks to expand economic opportunity—helping Americans acquire the skills, education, and training they need for productive employment. By helping more Americans graduate, pursue higher education, and find work, national service can provide immediate and long-term benefits by expanding individual opportunity, building family stability, and creating more sustainable, resilient communities.
Subject Area
Program Function
Community Development
Enabling Legislation
• Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service Act (20 ILCS 2330)

• Serve America Act
Objectives and Goals
Grantees will place AmeriCorps volunteers into communities to address a specific need. The grantees will recruit, provide training, and supervise the AmeriCorps volunteers.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
AmeriCorps grants allow organizations to recruit volunteers that can work to alleviate a community problem for up to one year.

After the completion of service, the AmeriCorps Member receives an education award. The community need may be defined by the applicant.

Focus areas include education, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, disaster response, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.

Funds may only be used to support AmeriCorps Member activities. This grant is available to 501(c)3 organizations and governmental entities.
Eligibility Requirements
Only the following grantees can apply:

American Red Cross - Chicago
City of Peoria
City Year Chicago
College Possible Illinois
East St. Louis School District 189
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Illinois Bar Foundation
Literacy Volunteers of America
Public Allies Chicago
Rend Lake College
Sauk Valley Community College
Southwestern Illinois College
UIC - Project MORE
Up2Us Sports Coaches
Youth & Opportunity United
Teach for America
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
Eligible Applicants
Government Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
Applications will be available at A peer review is conducted after the submission deadline. Applicants receive award notice in June.
Assistance Consideration
Programs are required to meet an in-kind/cash match requirement that ranges from 24% to 50% depending on the year of the grant.
Post Assistance Requirements
Programs are required to provide monthly financial reports, two semi-annual progress reports, and take part in a monitoring visit at least once every three years.

Records must be maintained per State of Illinois requirements.

Audits may be conducted by the federal funding agency.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
All literature concerning the program is available at
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $3,756,349
FY 2018 : $6,622,785
FY 2019 : $7,309,290
FY 2020 : $7,490,561
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
07380006HCity Year, Inc07/01/201912/31/20203,165,583
07380014HPublic Allies, Inc.07/01/201912/31/2020649,618
07380015HRend Lake College07/01/201912/31/2020445,500
07380001HAmerican Red Cross07/01/201912/31/2020372,482
07380004HSouthwestern Illinois College Community College District No.522.07/01/201912/31/2020371,685