Prohibited Activities

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The Corporation acknowledges that religious and political activities play a positive role in healthy communities, that religion and politics are defining characteristics of many community organizations (faith-based and secular), and that religious and political belief and action are central to many AmeriCorps members lives.

However, it is important that AmeriCorps programs and their members do not appear to be taking sides religiously or politically. Consequently, a number of limitations on the activities that AmeriCorps programs can support and in which members can engage while earning service hours, or when otherwise, representing AmeriCorps must be imposed. AmeriCorps members are free to pursue these activities on their own initiative, on non-AmeriCorps time, and using non-AmeriCorps funds. The AmeriCorps logo should not be worn by members when participating in prohibited activities.

While charging time to the AmeriCorps program, members accumulating service or training hours, or otherwise performing activities supported by the AmeriCorps program or the Corporation, staff and members may not engage in the following activities, and the grantee may not use grant funds to support the following activities:

  1. Attempting to influence legislation.
  2. Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes.
  3. Assisting, promoting or deterring union organizing.
  4. Impairing existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements.
  5. Engaging in partisan political activities or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office.
  6. Participating in, or endorsing, events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials.
  7. Engaging in religious instruction; conducting worship services; providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship; constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship; maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship; or engaging in any form of religious proselytization.
  8. Providing a direct benefit to:
    1. A for-profit entity;
    2. A labor union;
    3. A partisan political organization;
    4. An organization engaged in the religious activities described in the preceding sub clause, unless grant funds are not used to support the religious activities; or
    5. A nonprofit entity that fails to comply with the restrictions contained in section 501(c) (3) of U.S. Code Title 26.
  9. Voter registration drives by AmeriCorps members is an unacceptable service activity. In addition, Corporation funds may not be used to conduct a voter registration drive.
  10. Other activities as the Corporation determines will be prohibited, upon notice to the grantee.

Individuals may exercise their rights as private citizens and may participate in the above activities on their initiative, on non-AmeriCorps time, and using non-Corporation funds. The AmeriCorps logo should not be worn while doing so.

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