The 2009 Serve America Act set a goal that 10 percent of Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) AmeriCorps funding should support encore service programs (those that engage participants age 55 or older) in service that makes a significant impact in communities through national performance measures.  

The 2017 AmeriCorps Notice of Funding Opportunity (found here) seeks to meet the 10% target by strategically reaching out to more organizations currently focused on engaging age 55+ adults that might be interested in becoming AmeriCorps sponsors. CNCS seeks to invest AmeriCorps funding that engages these adults in the following areas:

  • Disaster Services - Concerns regarding the preparation, mitigation, response,and recovery efforts that relate to disaster events.
  • Economic Opportunity  - Addresses unmet needs of economically disadvantaged individuals, including financial literacy, affordable housing, and employment‐related assistance.
  • Education - Topics related to unmet educational needs within communities, especially those that help at-risk youth to achieve success in school and prevent them from dropping out.
  • Environmental Stewardship - Matters regarding energy and water efficiency, renewable energy use, at-risk ecosystems, and behavioral change leading to increased efficiency
  • Healthy Futures -Addresses unmet health needs, including access to health care, increasing physical activity and improving nutrition in youth, and increasing seniors’ ability to remain in their own homes.
  • Veterans and Military Families - Addresses unmet needs of veterans, members of the armed forces, and family members of deployed military personnel

CNCS welcomes a broad spectrum of eligible organizations and interventions to apply and propose ways to engage individuals 55 and over in AmeriCorps service that addresses various community needs. They are also hosting a technical assistance call to answer questions about this funding opportunity on Friday, December 2 at 1 p.m. Please register for the call here.