Thank you for your interest in seeking approval as an Iowa National Service Corps program.  We encourage you to fully review the administrative rules (Iowa Administrative Code 817 Ch. 14) for this program in advance of submitting your application.
All Iowa National Service Corps programs must provide meaningful service opportunities to individuals and meet the following eligibility criteria:
1. The program is approved via the automatic approval, reciprocal approval, or regular approval process.
2. The program is located in Iowa or has sites operating in Iowa.
3. The program is operated by one of the following entities: a state agency, a political subdivision of the state, or a private, nonprofit organization (state agencies or political subdivisions of the state may
establish Iowa national service corps programs or contract with a third-party vendor to assist the agency or political subdivision in establishing such programs).
4. The program is developed to meet state and local needs and to provide more opportunities for Iowans to serve their state and country and foster a cultural expectation of service in Iowa through a unified service corps.
Existing programs and service positions in the following categories are automatically approved and should NOT submit this application as they are already recognized as Iowa National Service Corps programs:
-AmeriCorps programs in Iowa created pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §12501, 
-Senior Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA in Iowa created pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §4950 et seq., 
-the Iowa summer youth corps program created pursuant to Iowa Code section 15H.5, 
-the Iowa green corps program created pursuant to Iowa Code section 15H.6, 
-the Iowa reading corps program created pursuant to Iowa Code section 15H.7, 
-the RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps program created pursuant to Iowa Code section 15H.8, and
-the Iowa conservation corps created pursuant to Iowa Code section 84A.7.
Additional documentation may be required to verify elements of the application. Each program shall provide relevant information upon the commission’s request in order to be considered for approval. National service corps programs may be requested to provide documentation of continued eligibility at any time during and after approval.