Corporation for National & Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is the nation's largest grant maker supporting service and volunteering. CNCS provides opportunities for youth to express their patriotism while addressing critical community needs.
CNCS funding opportunities
The Corporation of National and Community Service provides grants to national and local nonprofits, schools, government agencies, faith-based and community organizations, and other groups committed to strengthening their communities through volunteering. Funding opportunities vary by program.
Selected Programs and Initiatives
- AmeriCorps State and National provides grants to a network of local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.
- AmeriCorps VISTA members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency, focusing their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.
- AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) is a full-time residential program for youth, ages 18-24, which strengthens communities while developing leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.
Clearinghouses and Technical Assistance
- Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Technical Assistance offers one- and two-day trainings to smaller grassroots non-profits seeking to strengthen their effectiveness. Topics include organizational development, strategic planning, financial management, logic models, and the science of finding and applying for grants.
- Learn and Serve America's National Service Learning Clearinghouse supports the service-learning community in higher education, K-12, community-based organizations, tribal programs, and all others interested in strengthening schools and communities using service-learning techniques and methodologies.
- National Service Knowledge Network allows CNCS grantees, members, partners, staff, and volunteers to share information and resources related to national service for veterans and military families, education, disaster services, healthy futures, environmental stewardship, and economic opportunity. The network hosts discussion boards, content sharing, profiles, private messaging, online training tools, and a library of downloadable publications.