AmeriCorps VISTA Monthly Updates


AmeriCorps VISTA
June 22, 2021

AmeriCorps VISTA Monthly Updates

Dear Friend: 

With the historic signing of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Biden-Harris Administration signaled their strong vote of confidence in the power of national service to help communities meet critical needs. I am thrilled to inform you that the American Rescue Plan includes $80 million for AmeriCorps VISTA.  

Under this funding, priorities for AmeriCorps VISTA include: 

  • Increasing the living stipend for eligible members from $13,399 to $15,002 and anticipate this going into effect mid-August 2021;
  • Increasing Summer Associate programming in FY21 by adding 1,000 Summer Associate positions to address urgent COVID-related issues, prioritizing projects that focus on public health, food insecurity, and learning loss;  
  • Increasing the number of members serving for the next three fiscal years; and  
  • Expanding our reach to new communities in highest need and expanding our food insecurity initiative, using a program cohort model for participating sponsors and members. 

We will release AmeriCorps VISTA’s annual program guidance with further details on these priorities this summer.     

Nonprofit organizations, Native American Tribes, institutions of higher education, and state, city, and local government agencies seeking to build or expand an anti-poverty project are eligible to apply.  

There is a two-step process for applying for AmeriCorps resources. First, a prospective sponsor submits a concept paper and if accepted, the organization is invited to submit an AmeriCorps application.  

The FY2022 Request for Concept Papers includes the following due dates: 

  • November 3, 2021 
  • January 26, 2022 
  • March 23, 2022 
  • June 1, 2022

Thank you for all that you do to support communities across the nation and AmeriCorps members serving in the VISTA program.  

In Service,

Meg Ansara
Director, AmeriCorps VISTA

The New AmeriCorps VISTA Campus

Visit the new site to access sponsor, supervisor, and member trainings and connect with colleagues around the country. The AmeriCorps team will present a tour of the new campus and share useful resources to make the most of it on our next sponsor call.

Sponsor Call: New Date

The sponsor call has been rescheduled to Wednesday, July 14, 3-4 p.m. ET. We will provide a tour of the new campus and program updates.

Direct Link

Webinar ID: 161 382 7349
Passcode: 289554

Dial-In Numbers:833 568 8864 (Toll Free)
1 669 254 5252
1 646 828 7666

National Marketing Campaign

Last month, our agency announced the AmeriCorps Values Campaign with the goal of driving awareness and recruitment efforts. 

We have a campaign toolkit with resources to help you customize messages and content for your organization’s marketing and recruitment.

For questions about the toolkit, please email