RFP Released: 2024-2025 AmeriCorps Planning Grants

Grants of up to $100,000 — now open to applications!
Published on
Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Happy Wednesday! We are excited to announce the release of the AmeriCorps Planning Grant RFP for the 2024-2025 program year.

What is an AmeriCorps Planning Grant?

AmeriCorps planning grants are intended for Massachusetts organizations (nonprofits, schools, agencies, and community or faith-based groups) that are interested in launching AmeriCorps State programs in the future. Planning grants set up organizations for future success, providing training, connections, support, and up to $100,000 in funding. This year-long grant helps prepare grantees to apply for an AmeriCorps operating grant as well as administer an AmeriCorps program, once funded.

MSA is interested in the development of programs that provide effective solutions to address community needs, offer meaningful AmeriCorps member experiences, encourage volunteering, and demonstrate significant community impact.

Learn more about AmeriCorps and our various grants here.

How can I apply?

Follow the instructions on this page! We're also hosting an info session on February 27th, 2024, which you can sign up for here.

Framingham State Teacher Residency: From Planning Grantee to AmeriCorps State Program

The Framingham State Teacher Residency, which entered our portfolio as a 2021 planning grantee, found MSA’s support from application to full AmeriCorps State grantee to be invaluable.

“Thanks to the MSA planning grant,” says Kelly Matthews, the program’s director, “we secured consultancy services [that] provided leadership and structure as we built our collaborative planning team of twelve faculty, staff, and senior administrators.” This proved key to setting up the program’s groundbreaking work, which focuses on supporting vulnerable, multilingual middle schoolers.

Now in its second year as an official AmeriCorps State program, the Framingham State Teacher Residency is thriving. In addition to successfully increasing student engagement, and the majority of the first cohort‘s members are now employed in Framingham Public Schools, increasing the diversity of the teacher workforce in Massachusetts.


Send any questions about this grant to Katie Koski, MSA’s Senior Program Development and Training Officer, at kkoski@mass-service.org.

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