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AmeriCorps Planning Grants

In an effort to prepare organizations to operate full AmeriCorps programs, Volunteer NH requires that those who do not have AmeriCorps experience to apply for a Planning Grant.

A Planning Grant is awarded by Volunteer NH to eligible organizations to spend up-to one year developing a full AmeriCorps program. No AmeriCorps members come with this grant.

Typical planning grant activities can include:

  • Determining member activities
  • Developing a recruitment strategy
  • Creating partnerships with host sites
  • Planning member orientation

You can read the Planning Grant FAQs here.

The Next Planning Grant NOFO will be released in early 2023

Learn more New Hampshire AmeriCorps Programs

AmeriCorps Program Grants

These grants are awarded to eligible organizations to create a program with (typically) at least ten AmeriCorps members serving full-time on a specific community problem in New Hampshire. Programs can focus on education, the environment, health & wellness, disaster services, veterans, and more!

Volunteer NH typically holds two funding competitions every year: Competitive Grant Competition and Formula Grant Competitions.

In the Competitive Grant Competition, organizations submit their applications to Volunteer NH who then submit them to AmeriCorps (the federal agency) to make final award decisions. The competition is national, but awards are made for three years. This competition usually runs September – December, with award decisions announced in April.

In the Formula Grant Competition, organizations submit applications to Volunteer NH who review and make funding determinations based upon NH-specific priorities. This is a state-only competition; however, the amount of funding is limited and awards are only made on a one-year basis. This competition usually runs February-April, with award decisions announced in May.

If an organization wishes to operate an AmeriCorps program that operates in more than one state, they must apply directly to AmeriCorps. Learn more here


Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) Grants

The Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) strengthens nonprofit organizations to recruit and retain volunteers to meet critical community needs.

Currently, there are two types of VGF Grants: VGF Cohort Grants and VGF Mini-Grants

VGF Cohort Grants are awarded to eligible organizations to spend 9-12 months working on a specific volunteer-related project. In addition to funding, organizations are also provided with relevant trainings and the oportunity to collaborate with other recipients.

VGF Mini-Grants are awarded to eligible organizations for small, one-time expenses related to volunteerism (such as a training, software, etc.).

Learn more about Volunteer Generation Fund Grants

Contact Volunteer NH AmeriCorps Program Officers

Not Ready for a Grant Yet?

No problem! If your organization is looking for support but isn’t ready to operate a grant, there are other AmeriCorps resources you can benefit from.

Become an AmeriCorps Program Host Site

If your organization goals and activities align with an already-operating AmeriCorps program, you might be able to host one (or more) AmeriCorps members. Application processes vary, so make sure to reach out to the specific program’s contact. Click here to view current AmeriCorps programs.

Become a Project Site for an AmeriCorps Day of Service.

There are three days of service (in January, March, and September) where AmeriCorps members are asked to serve a half-to-a-full day in in their communities. Does your organization need painting, organizing, filing, or cleaning done? Let us know! Contact to learn more.

Apply for an AmeriCorps NCCC Project

Does your organization have a short-term project (6-8 weeks) that a group 8-12 AmeriCorps members could work full-time on? Then consider submitting a concept paper for an NCCC project! Typical activities can include disaster-recovery, energry conservation, environmental stewardship, infrastructure improvement, and/or urban and rural development, and much more! Contact Alana Svensen ( to learn more.