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Eligibility & organizational readiness

Who's eligible to apply?

The following non-federal entities (all of which are defined in 2 CFR §200.1) who have an Employer Identification Number (EIN), a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), and are registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) are eligible to apply:

  • Indian Tribes
  • Institutions of higher education
  • Local governments
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • States

Organizations that have been convicted of a federal crime are disqualified from receiving this assistance.

Ensure your organization is ready

If your organization is considering submitting an application to sponsor an AmeriCorps program, please review our Q&A regarding funding.

AmeriCorps funding comes to Washington through two separate funding streams: formula and competitive funds from AmeriCorps the federal agency (formerly known as Corporation for National and Community Service). Well-managed organizations with strong organizational competencies tend to be most successful in administering complex grants like AmeriCorps. To help you determine whether your organization is poised to successfully administer an AmeriCorps grant, we recommend that you complete the AmeriCorps Readiness Assessment. Please note, a satisfactory score does not guarantee AmeriCorps funding through Serve WA or AmeriCorps the federal agency.

If you are a National Direct planning to apply to Serve Washington or are applying directly to AmeriCorps the federal agency for a special grant opportunity and plan to operate under the Commission, this document may be valuable in understanding Washington state standards.  The document is also beneficial for general interested parties.