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Current Request for Grant Applications

Volunteer Generation Fund Mini Grant Funding Opportunity for 2020

Serve Washington is pleased to announce the 2020 Volunteer Generation Fund Request for Grant Applications for volunteer connector organizations to increase volunteer engagement through capacity building projects or days of service projects. Serve Washington seeks to award matching mini grants up to $5,000 and anticipates awarding up to $25,000 in total funding.  The grant period will begin April 20, 2020 and end September 29, 2020. Questions regarding this RFGA can be submitted to Questions and answers will be shared on this page.

To apply for VGF funding, submit an application with a budget proposal and timeline to by 5:00pm March 27, 2020.

The following documents are applicable to assist in completing an application:


AmeriCorps State Formula Request for Grant Applications

Serve Washington is pleased to announce the 2020 AmeriCorps State Formula Request for Grant Applications (RFGA) to meet state and local challenges through service and volunteer action. There are three opportunities for funding; AmeriCorps Planning Grants, AmeriCorps Continuation Grants, and New AmeriCorps Operational Grants.  Organizations should pay particular attention to which opportunity to apply for.  You may only apply to one opportunity. 

AmeriCorps Planning Grants provide initial funding to support current staff or to hire additional staff who can plan a proposed AmeriCorps program and develop systems for successful implementation of an AmeriCorps operational grant application. This is a great place to start if you are new to AmeriCorps!  (Planning grants DO NOT receive/provide AmeriCorps members.)

AmeriCorps Continuation Grants are currently funded operational grants entering year two or year three of a three-year cycle.  All currently awarded Serve Washington formula subgrantees are in continuation status. New applicants should apply for a planning grant or new operational grant, NOT a continuation grant.

New AmeriCorps Operational Grants are for organizations ready to implement an AmeriCorps program and are not already funded by Serve Washington.  If you are new to AmeriCorps in general, you may want to consider starting with an AmeriCorps Planning Grant first.


Application process timeline



Request for Grant Applications Released

March 2, 2020

Technical Assistance WebEx for Potential NEW OPERATIONAL ONLY Applicants

March 6, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Technical Assistance WebEx for PLANNING GRANT ONLY Applicants

March 6, 2020
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Technical Assistance WebEx for CONTINUATION GRANT ONLY Applicants 

March 6, 2020
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Completed Applications Due from Applicants

REVISED: April 10, 2020
by 5:00 p.m.

Staff Review for Compliance

April 13, 2020 (Revised)

Grant Review Committee Application Review

April 14-29, 2020 (Revised)

Grant Review Committee Meeting to Obtain Clarification from Applicants
as needed and to Develop Recommendation Report for Serve Washington Commissioners
Note: Applicants must be available by phone on this day in the event the GRC needs additional information or clarification.
Interviews will not be conducted.

April 30, 2020

Clarification and Revision Period for Some Applicants

May 4-22, 2020

Serve Washington Commissioners Vote on Grant Review Committee Recommendation

May 7, 2020

Notification to Applicants Regarding Serve Washington Vote

Week of May 11, 2020

Serve Washington to submit applications to CNCS No Later Than

May 29, 2020




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