Volunteer Generation Funding strengthens nonprofit organizations to recruit and retain volunteers to meet critical community needs.

The Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) focuses on investments in volunteer management practices that increase both volunteer recruitment and retention. At a time of social need, when Americans of all ages are looking for ways to give back, we need to be ready to engage all those who answer the call to serve.

Authorized by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, the Volunteer Generation Fund supports organizations and State Service Commissions to boost the impact of volunteers on critical community needs.

There are currently 22 state service commissions administering Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) initiatives totaling $6.4 million.

The Volunteer Generation Fund & Nevada Volunteers Partnership

Nevada Volunteers utilizes VGF funding to help non-profits across the state enhance their volunteerism impact and recognition efforts.

Nevada Volunteers utilizes this funding to implement three interventions to increase the capacity of Nevada organizations to effectively manage volunteers and increase volunteerism across Nevada:

1) Expand the reach of our statewide website, to connect organizations with a diverse base of volunteers; 

2) provide capacity-building mini-grants to organizations interested in implementing new evidence-based volunteer management best practices; and

3) provide training and technical assistance to organizations on evidence-based volunteer management best practices.

Current Funding Opportunity

2024-2025 VGF Day of Service Mini Grant

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2024-2025 VGF Capacity Building Mini Grant

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Past Funding Opportunities

2021 VGF Capacity Building Mini Grant

Notice of Funding Opportunity

2021 Grant Application

2021 Grant Budget Template

2023-2024 VGF Capacity Building for Student Success Mini Grant

Notice of Funding Opportunity

2023 Grant Application

2023 VGF Budget Template

Training/Technical Assistance

  • NEW!
  • NV Volunteer Managers Networking Platform (Basecamp).
  • What is Basecamp?: A project management tool that helps teams/groups be more organized, productive and collaborative!
  • Ask questions, share ideas and documents, view Lunch & Learn recorded sessions and registration links for upcoming sessions.
  • Free to all Nevada volunteer managers and non profits.
  • Link to join!

Interested in learning more about the Volunteer Generation Fund?

Not able to apply but want to be involved in our efforts? Apply to be a peer reviewer!

What is Peer Review?

Peer Reviewers assist Nevada Volunteers in reviewing and scoring submitted AmeriCorps State applications for Nevada.

Peer Reviewer comments and ratings are then considered in decisions that determine how AmeriCorps resources will be distributed to support organizations and partnerships in addressing critical needs throughout Nevada.

Why participate?

Participation in Peer Review is an excellent opportunity for professional development and service.

Peer Reviewers will engage in the grantmaking process of a major funder of community service, while networking with others across a variety of professions.

Am I qualified?

Peer Review is open to a wide range of people with varying experience and backgrounds. The following are things that will be beneficial if you choose to apply to be a Peer Reviewer:

  • Experience with AmeriCorps and/or the nonprofit sector
  • Experience with grant writing or grant review (or an interest in gaining experience)
  • Knowledge and/or experience in a field related to the application priority areas (health, human services, disaster/emergency services, environment, education, veterans affairs, economic opportunity)
  • Ability to independently review 5-6 applications over a two-week period (approx. 2 hrs. per application)
  • Live or work in the state of Nevada

Contact Shannon Arimura at shannon@nevadavolunteers.org to learn more or apply to be a peer reviewer!

Next round of recipients coming soon!