Volunteer Florida: Volunteer Florida Announces $300,000 in Funding to Support Florida’s Communities

May 12, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Volunteer Florida announced the availability of $300,000 in AmeriCorps Planning Grants to support organizations interested in implementing an AmeriCorps program that addresses a critical community need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Awarded organizations will receive up to $75,000 for a one-year planning period to prepare for and manage a future AmeriCorps program. These organizations may apply for an additional grant award, subsequent to their planning year.  

Organizations interested in applying for this planning grant should respond to the notice of funding by Thursday, June 18 at 5 pm (ET). 

“Nonprofits play a critical role in the success of Florida’s communities and economy,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “My administration is proud to make this grant program available to support the efforts of those organizations serving communities affected by COVID-19.”

“Under both blue skies and grey, Florida’s nonprofit community steps up to the plate to provide critical services, from mentoring school children to providing food and housing resources,” said Volunteer Florida CEO Clay Ingram. “This funding is an incredible way for these organizations to continue their mission and increase their impact in the years to come.”

This funding is made available by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering and national service, and administered by state service commissions, like Volunteer Florida. Over the past 25 years, AmeriCorps has empowered over one million individuals across the nation to dedicate a year to service and become the solution to our communities’ most pressing issues. In return, members gain leadership skills and on-the-job-training, as well as a living stipend and education award that can be used to help pay for college or repay student loans upon the completion of their service year.

To view the notice of funding opportunity and application instructions, please click here. On Wednesday, May 20, Volunteer Florida will be hosting a technical assistance webinar at 2 pm (ET). Please click here to register.  

If you have any questions regarding AmeriCorps or the funding process, please contact americorpsrfp@volunteerflorida.org.

About Volunteer Florida
In 1994, Volunteer Florida was established in Florida Statutes to manage national service programs, such as AmeriCorps, and advocate for volunteerism throughout the Sunshine State. Since then, Volunteer Florida has evolved to serve as the state’s lead agency for mobilizing volunteers and coordinating donations before, during and after disasters, including managing the Florida Disaster Fund. After 25 years, Volunteer Florida remains committed to promoting volunteerism in Florida, and recently launched the state’s official volunteer opportunities platform, Volunteer Connect. Through our work, Volunteer Florida delivers high-impact volunteer programs and opportunities that engage Floridians, transform communities and make the state a better place to live.