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Apply Now! 2018-2019 AmeriCorps*Texas Formula Funding Opportunity

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 13:17

OneStar Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 AmeriCorps State Formula Funding Opportunity!  Selected organizations will receive grants to support AmeriCorps member positions that will help meet critical needs in the State of Texas in one of six key Focus Areas:

  • Disaster Services
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Healthy Futures
  • Veterans and Military Families

Click to view the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and Application Instructions.
Below are important deadlines to note:


Required Notice of Intent Form Due
2018-2019 Notice of Intent to Apply Form
March 7, 2018
10:59:59 PM Central
Failure to submit a Notice of Intent Form will render an applicant ineligible to apply or submit a full application proposal.

Application Due
March 29, 2018
10:59:59 PM Central
Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Note: Funding under this opportunity will be awarded to organizations that place AmeriCorps members in service solely within Texas. Organizations wishing to place AmeriCorps members in more than one state must apply directly to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) as an AmeriCorps National program here

Sign up today for an Informational Webinar to learn more!

OneStar will host informational webinar sessions for this Funding Opportunity covering a variety of introductory information related to managing an AmeriCorps program and grant. A copy of each session’s presentation will be available on our website (click here) at the conclusion of the session as well as the audio recording. Time will be allotted at the end of each session for participant questions. Attendance on the calls is encouraged but not required to submit an application. You must pre-register to attend the webinar(s) of your choice by clicking on the date/time below:

  • AmeriCorps 101 Informational Session 
  • AmeriCorps Program Design Informational Session
  • AmeriCorps Budget Informational Session
  • AmeriCorps Performance Measurement Informational Session
  • AmeriCorps Open Forum Session #1
  • AmeriCorps Open Forum Session #2


All communication relating to this Funding Opportunity must be directed to:
Elisa Gleeson
Senior Grants Management Specialist
OneStar Foundation

Phone: 512-287-2029
Availability: Phone consultations available by appointment only. Email Elisa to schedule.

All emails and phone calls will be returned within a reasonable amount of time. Applicants are encouraged to submit their questions well in advance of the application deadline as OneStar is not obligated to respond to questions that are received 48 hours prior to the due date.

Categories: NGOs

Now Accepting Applications for VISTA Host Sites

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 13:56

Now Accepting Applications for Host Sites for OneStar

Foundation’s AmeriCorps VISTA Intermediary Project!

OneStar Foundation is currently accepting applications for host sites for its AmeriCorps VISTA Statewide Intermediary Project for 2017-2018. AmeriCorps VISTA is a highly professional and rigorous volunteer service program, administered nationally by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), through which national service members serve with organizations full-time for one year. VISTA projects focus on building permanent capacity and infrastructure to help more effectively bring individuals and communities out of poverty.  The VISTA program places members at sponsoring organizations that absorb the majority of costs related to project supervision and logistical support. VISTA members receive a modest living allowance and benefits, including an end of service stipend or education award. Investment by the sponsoring organization and the community is fundamental to the project, as the VISTA resources are intended to be short-term.

To achieve its program purpose, AmeriCorps VISTA operates under the following core principles.

  • Anti-Poverty Focus
    The purpose of AmeriCorps VISTA is to support efforts to fight poverty.  The VISTA project should address helping individuals and communities out of poverty, not simply making poverty more tolerable through short-term services.
  • Community Empowerment 
    Sponsoring organizations must ensure that the VISTA project engages the beneficiary community in planning, developing and implementing the project.  The project must be responsive and relevant to the needs of the community, and should tap into inherent community assets, strengths, and resources.
  • Sustainable Solutions  
    VISTA members provide short-term, human resources to build long-term sustainability of anti-poverty programs.  All projects should be developed with the goal to phase out the need for VISTA members and to strengthen the ability of the project to continue indefinitely.
  • Capacity Building 
    VISTA members do not provide direct services to individuals; rather, they work to increase the capacity of organizations to fight poverty.  Through activities such as community outreach,establishment of volunteer recruitment and management systems, fundraising, and collaboration development, VISTA members mobilize local resources to build lasting solutions to poverty.

What Types of Organizations Can Apply?

- Public, private, or faith-based nonprofit organizations

- Local, state, or federal agencies

- Or any combination of the above!

All VISTA applications should be responsive to organizational need and clearly express the organization’s ability to manage a VISTA member. We encourage organizations to create project plans that are three years in scope, assuming the first year will be building infrastructure, the second testing and documenting program success, and the third sustainability development and transition planning. Each organization’s project will be evaluated individually. Project applications should reflect your organization's unique culture and opportunities. 

You may apply to sponsor a VISTA member at your organization at any time; we accept applications on a rolling basis all year long. However, due to national VISTA training requirements, members are only able to start at times when a national VISTA Pre-Service Orientation is scheduled.


For a VISTA Member to Start in: 

Recommended Site Application Deadline:


October 1st


February 1st


June 1st


Please review the Cost Share Partnership Overview. After reviewing, complete the OneStar VISTA Host Site Application and Proposed VAD and submit to prior to the recommended application deadline.

For more information, contact:

Glenn Goodrich

Manager, AmeriCorps VISTA

OneStar Foundation

(512) 287-2015





Categories: NGOs