Program Description

The DOI/VISTA Initiative is a collaboration between the Department of the Interior (DOI) and AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), Conservation Legacy, and many local non-profit partners - placing VISTAs in some of the poorest places in which the DOI has a presence.

The mission of the DOI/VISTA Initiative is to engage the next generation in addressing the root causes of poverty and protecting America's natural resources, heritage, and tribal cultures. DOI/VISTA Projects partner DOI resources with community partners to address community and economic development, environmental stewardship, and healthy futures in underserved or impoverished communities by providing the infrastructure, support, and training to help move communities out of persistent poverty. DOI/VISTAs serve for a one-year term and assist local communities in grant writing, outreach, and build capacity that is vital to the sustainability of the communities they serve.

Visit DOI VISTA for more information.

General Program Requirements

Applicant must:

  • Be a citizen, national or lawful permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Be at least 18 years or older
  • Have at least a bachelor's degree
  • Be passionate and committed to bringing individuals and communities out of poverty
  • Commit to one year of service

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Interested applicants should send a resume and letter of interest to Candidates will be contacted to submit a complete application via AmeriCorps Portal.

Program Contact Information

Kelly Kim
Program Analyst

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number15.154
Current Method of Tribal EligibilitySet Aside; Part of Border Program
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)125 Voluntarios de VISTA
Length of Program1 Year
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No

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