Purpose of the Manual

The 2010 Illinois AmeriCorps Program Director Policy and Procedure Manual has been specifically designed by the Serve Illinois Commission as a guide for those who administer Illinois AmeriCorps programs. This manual will assist in detailing the process for monitoring, supporting, and evaluating programs and, above all, for working collaboratively to make AmeriCorps programs in Illinois successful.

Please note that the information contained in this manual does not include all the legal requirements of an AmeriCorps grant. It does not constitute the Corporation for National and Community Service's official interpretation of factual or legal questions. Program directors or individuals with particular questions should consult the National and Community Service Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. § 12501 et seq.), the regulations issued under the Act (45 C.F.R. § 2500.1 et seq.), the AmeriCorps Grant Provisions and Grants Policy guidance, and relevant state law and regulations. If there is a conflict between the content of this handbook and the AmeriCorps provisions, the provisions are the controlling authority.

The Illinois AmeriCorps Program Director Policy and Procedure Manual has been developed to help those who are newcomers to their positions to gain a general understanding of the management functions for overseeing the AmeriCorps programs/sites and their portfolio. It is intended to:

  • Provide a roadmap for AmeriCorps grantee/site management
  • Lay out a typical administrator's general work load
  • Illustrate legal requirements
  • Show where there is both control and flexibility to shape each AmeriCorps program

It is important that sub-grantees become familiar with all the information contained in this manual. The Illinois AmeriCorps Program Director Policy and Procedure Manual will be revised as needed. Revisions will be sent to each Illinois AmeriCorps Program Director.

Laws, Regulations and Provisions

Laws

  • National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended
    • (42 U.S.C. § 12501, et seq.) - Chapter 129 (approx. 95 pages)
  • National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993
  • Serve America Act of 2009 - Please visit www.nationalservice.gov for more information.

Regulations

45 CFR Parts 2500 - 2504 Corporation for National and Community Service Chapter XXV.

Please visit AmeriCorps Regulations.

Provisions

2010 AmeriCorps Provisions, including revisions/changes.

Grant Agreement

Grant Agreement as executed and/or amended by both parties. Please see the following three attachments and/or websites: