45 CFR § 2522.110 - What types of programs are eligible to compete for AmeriCorps grants?
Types of programs eligible to compete for AmeriCorps grants include the following: (a) Specialized skills programs.
(1) A service program that is targeted to address specific educational, public safety, human, or environmental needs and that -
(i) Recruits individuals with special skills or provides specialized pre-service training to enable participants to be placed individually or in teams in positions in which the participants can meet such needs; and
(ii) If consistent with the purposes of the program, brings participants together for additional training and other activities designed to foster civic responsibility, increase the skills of participants, and improve the quality of the service provided.
(2) A preprofessional training program in which students enrolled in an institution of higher education -
(i) Receive training in specified fields, which may include classes containing service-learning;
(ii) Perform service related to such training outside the classroom during the school term and during summer or other vacation periods; and
(iii) Agree to provide service upon graduation to meet educational, public safety, human, or environmental needs related to such training.
(3) A professional corps program that recruits and places qualified participants in positions -
(i) As teachers, nurses and other health care providers, police officers, early childhood development staff, engineers, or other professionals providing service to meet educational, public safety, human, or environmental needs in communities with an inadequate number of such professionals;
(ii) That may include a salary in excess of the maximum living allowance authorized in § 2522.240(b)(2); and
(iii) That are sponsored by public or private nonprofit employers who agree to pay 100 percent of the salaries and benefits (other than any AmeriCorps educational award from the National Service Trust) of the participants.
(b) Specialized service programs.
(1) A community service program designed to meet the needs of rural communities, using teams or individual placements to address the development needs of rural communities and to combat rural poverty, including health care, education, and job training.
(2) A program that seeks to eliminate hunger in communities and rural areas through service in projects -
(i) Involving food banks, food pantries, and nonprofit organizations that provide food during emergencies;
(ii) Involving the gleaning of prepared and unprepared food that would otherwise be discarded as unusable so that the usable portion of such food may be donated to food banks, food pantries, and other nonprofit organizations;
(iii) Seeking to address the long-term causes of hunger through education and the delivery of appropriate services; or
(iv) Providing training in basic health, nutrition, and life skills necessary to alleviate hunger in communities and rural areas.
(3) A program in which economically disadvantaged individuals who are between the ages of 16 and 24 years of age, inclusive, are provided with opportunities to perform service that, while enabling such individuals to obtain the education and employment skills necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency, will help their communities meet -
(i) The housing needs of low-income families and the homeless; and
(ii) The need for community facilities in low-income areas.
(c) Community-development programs.
(1) A community corps program that meets educational, public safety, human, or environmental needs and promotes greater community unity through the use of organized teams of participants of varied social and economic backgrounds, skill levels, physical and developmental capabilities, ages, ethnic backgrounds, or genders.
(2) A program that is administered by a combination of nonprofit organizations located in a low-income area, provides a broad range of services to residents of such an area, is governed by a board composed in significant part of low-income individuals, and is intended to provide opportunities for individuals or teams of individuals to engage in community projects in such an area that meet unaddressed community and individual needs, including projects that would -
(i) Meet the needs of low-income children and youth aged 18 and younger, such as providing after-school ‘safe-places’, including schools, with opportunities for learning and recreation; or
(ii) Be directed to other important unaddressed needs in such an area.
(d) Programs that expand service program capacity.
(1) A program that provides specialized training to individuals in service-learning and places the individuals after such training in positions, including positions as service-learning coordinators, to facilitate service-learning in programs eligible for funding under Serve-America.
(2) An AmeriCorps entrepreneur program that identifies, recruits, and trains gifted young adults of all backgrounds and assists them in designing solutions to community problems.
(e) Campus-based programs. A campus-based program that is designed to provide substantial service in a community during the school term and during summer or other vacation periods through the use of -
(1) Students who are attending an institution of higher education, including students participating in a work-study program assisted under part C of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 2751 et seq.);
(2) Teams composed of such students; or
(3) Teams composed of a combination of such students and community residents.
(f) Intergenerational programs. An intergenerational program that combines students, out-of-school youths, and older adults as participants to provide needed community services, including an intergenerational component for other AmeriCorps programs described in this subsection.
(g) Youth development programs. A full-time, year-round youth corps program or full-time summer youth corps program, such as a conservation corps or youth service corps (including youth corps programs under subtitle I, the Public Lands Corps established under the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993, the Urban Youth Corps established under section 106 of the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, and other conservation corps or youth service corps that perform service on Federal or other public lands or on Indian lands or Hawaiian home lands), that:
(1) Undertakes meaningful service projects with visible public benefits, including natural resource, urban renovation, or human services projects;
(2) Includes as participants youths and young adults between the ages of 16 and 25, inclusive, including out-of-school youths and other disadvantaged youths (such as youths with limited basic skills, youths in foster care who are becoming too old for foster care, youths of limited English proficiency, homeless youths, and youths who are individuals with disabilities) who are between those ages; and
(3) Provides those participants who are youths and young adults with -
(i) Crew-based, highly structured, and adult-supervised work experience, life skills, education, career guidance and counseling, employment training, and support services; and
(ii) The opportunity to develop citizenship values and skills through service to their community and the United States.
(h) Individualized placement programs. An individualized placement program that includes regular group activities, such as leadership training and special service projects.
(i) Other programs. Such other AmeriCorps programs addressing educational, public safety, human, or environmental needs as the Corporation may designate in the application.