AmeriCorps Arkansas Funding

The Arkansas Department of Human Services Office of Communications and Community Engagement, the Arkansas Service Commission, and the Corporation for National and Community Service are pleased to announce the availability of federal funds to support AmeriCorps programs in Arkansas for the 2018-2019 program year.  

Funds provided through Arkansas AmeriCorps support AmeriCorps members who provide direct service to individuals and groups in their communities through eligible organizations. Focus areas for funding include disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veteran and military families. The Arkansas Service Commission is seeking applicants who can deploy AmeriCorps members to effectively fulfill unmet community needs.

Please submit all funding questions to:


Key Dates

Sept. 28, 9:00 – 12:00
General workshop for organizations interested in learning about AmeriCorps.  Workshop will be held in Little Rock. 


Oct. 4, 9:00 – 12:00
A repeat of the general workshop for organizations interested in learning about AmeriCorps. Workshop will be held in Little Rock. 


Nov. 15, 4:00 PM
Concept Papers due


Early January, 2018
An in-depth workshop will be held for organizations being asked to submit a full application


Feb. 7, 4:00 PM
Applications  due


June 2018
Notification that funding has been approved


Sept/Oct 2018
AmeriCorps program year begins


Download Important Documents:

Arkansas State Service Plan 2016-2019

Arkansas Concept Paper 2018-2019

Arkansas AmeriCorps Funding Application Package 2018-2019 (Revised)

Applying for AmeriCorps State and National Grants

Key AmeriCorps Grant Terminology and Concepts

Introduction to AmeriCorps Members


About the Arkansas Service Commission

State Service Commissions are vital links in the chain that translate national service dollars and initiatives into local results. In addition to overseeing the annual grant competition that awards funding to AmeriCorps State and other community service programs, State Service Commissions determine social needs in their states, set policy and program priorities, ensure funds are used effectively, provide training and assistance, support national days of service, and promote service and volunteering.

The Arkansas Service Commission is housed in the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Office Of Communications and Community Engagement. With support from the Governor's Advisory Commission on National Service and Volunteerism, the Arkansas Service Commission administers 12 Arkansas AmeriCorps Programs that train and engage AmeriCorps Members with local nonprofits, public schools, and community-based programs to address critical needs throughout our state. 

Arkansas Service Commission Staff

Will Roark, Executive Director | 501-320-6137

Marilyn Henderson, Program Officer | 501-320-6451

Kathy Gattinger, Program Officer | 501-320-3961

Kimberly Reed, Program Officer | 501-320-6037