Monday, August 18, 2008


The Governor's Commission on Community Service (GCCS) is pleased to announce the availability of funding to support new and re-competing Colorado AmeriCorps*State programs to start in the fall of 2009.
AmeriCorps funds are available to nonprofit organizations, state and local government units, higher education institutions, faith-based organizations and 501(c) 3 entities that address critical community needs in the areas of education, environment, human needs, public safety and homeland security. 
Special consideration will be given to projects that address one or more of the following five strategic initiatives as outlined by the Corporation for National and Community Service:
  • Mobilizing more volunteers
  • Ensuring a brighter future for all of America's youth
  • Engaging students in communities
  • Harnessing Baby Boomer's experiences
  • Helping communities recover from and prepare for disasters
Additionally, special consideration will be given to projects that address one or more of the following Colorado initiatives:
  • Governor Ritter's Colorado Promise and Lt. Governor O'Brien's strategic initiatives
  • Rural and underserved areas, and areas of extreme poverty in Colorado
  • Colorado identified priorities including:  mentoring, youth leadership, substance abuse, homelessness, early childhood education, and family resources. 
A Notice of Intent to Apply/Concept Paper is due no later than October 1, 2008. 
All applications are due no later than November 15, 2008
Please refer to the Commission's website at: for additional information.
AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages Americans in full or part-time volunteer service.  GCCS administers the AmeriCorps*State program inColorado.  The Office of the Lieutenant Governor oversees the Commission, which is guided by an advisory board of fifteen commissioners.