CNCS Prohibited Activities

 

 2017-2018 AMERICORPS PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES 

 

While charging time to the AmeriCorps program, accumulating service or training hours, or otherwise performing activities supported by the AmeriCorps program or CNCS, staff and members may not engage in the following activities (see 45 CFR § 2520.65): 

 

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— 

a. a business organized for profit; 

b. a labor union; 

c. a partisan political organization; 

d. a nonprofit organization that fails to comply with the restrictions contained in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 related to engaging in political activities or substantial amount of lobbying except that nothing in these provisions shall be construed to prevent participants from engaging in advocacy activities undertaken at their own initiative; and e. an organization engaged in the religious activities described in paragraph C. 7. above, unless CNCS assistance is not used to support those religious activities; 

 

9. Conducting a voter registration drive or using CNCS funds to conduct a voter registration drive; 

 

10. Providing abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services; and 

 

11. Such other activities as CNCS may prohibit. 

 

AmeriCorps members may not engage in the above activities directly or indirectly by recruiting, training, or managing others for the primary purpose of engaging in one of the activities listed above. Individuals may exercise their rights as private citizens and may participate in the activities listed above on their initiative, on non-AmeriCorps time, and using non-CNCS funds. 

 

GOSV Policy: Grantees (organizations that host AmeriCorps members) must include a copy of, and training on, the AmeriCorps prohibited activities in member and site supervisor orientation/training at the beginning of the year. Compliance with the prohibited activities must be monitored throughout the program year.