AmeriCorps State and National (AmeriCorps) is a national service program of CNCS, which engaged tens of thousands of men and women in intensive community service each year. AmeriCorps provides grants to a broad range of local and national organizations and agencies committed to using service to address compelling community issues. Participating organizations, including nonprofits, courts, public agencies, institutions of higher education, Indian Tribes, and faith-based organizations, enroll AmeriCorps members in an approved national service position and engage them in intensive service.
AmeriCorps does not provide all the funds needed to operate the program. There are different requirements for cost sharing or matching depending on different factors. See the FY 2022 AmeriCorps State and National Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for details.
Although the NOFO does not expressly mention courts or legal services, AmeriCorps has a long history of court and legal aid grantees both at the national and state commission levels. Grantees can utilize AmeriCorps grants and members to expand their reach and provide more direct legal help to a greater segment of the community. Some grantees have used AmeriCorps members to provide direct services in a variety of different settings including courthouses, legal aid offices, and law
libraries. The 2022 AmeriCorps NOFO identifies the following priority areas:
- Efforts to help local communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may propose programming to aid communities in their efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, including outcomes of COVID-19 on student subgroups described in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
- Educational opportunity and economic mobility for communities experiencing persistent unemployment or underemployment, and students experiencing homelessness or those in foster care.
- Programs that prioritize civic engagement and social cohesion.
- Evidence-based interventions on the AmeriCorps Evidence Exchange that are assessed as having Moderate or Strong evidence. Please note that many of these interventions have demonstrated effectiveness in improving outcomes for individuals living in underserved communities and that the agency has committed resources to supporting grantees seeking to replicate and evaluate these interventions in similar communities.
- Veterans and Military Families, Caregivers, and Survivors – a program model that improves the quality of life of veterans and improves the well-being of military families, caregivers, and survivors.
- Rural intermediaries – organizations that demonstrate measurable impact and primarily serve rural communities with limited resources and organizational infrastructure.
- Environmental stewardship and climate change including renewable energy and energy efficiency, building community resilience, sustainable food systems and agriculture, and conservation and habitat preservation.
- Faith-based organizations.
- Economic Mobility Corps.
To find examples of courts and/or their justice partners receiving these funds, click on the PDF.
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