AmeriCorps Awards more than $440 Million to 350 Programs
Organizations will recruit 42,000 Americans to assist local communities with economic opportunity and environmental conservation, among other pressing needs
WASHINGTON, D.C.– AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism, awarded State Service Commissions and more than 350 nonprofit, faith and community-based organizations more than $444 million in AmeriCorps State and National federal funding.
Grants will support more than 42,000 AmeriCorps members. In addition, more than $183 million in funding is being awarded to governor-appointed service commissions, which will support additional AmeriCorps member positions as determined by state priorities.
These grants will help organizations address challenges with COVID-19 response and recovery; educational opportunity and economic mobility in communities facing persistent unemployment; social cohesion and civic engagement; quality of life services for veterans and military families; environmental stewardship and climate change, and services for rural communities. View a complete list of awards, including organizations and funding totals.
“AmeriCorps grants through the State and National program focus our agency’s priorities on the needs of local communities,” said AmeriCorps CEO Michael D. Smith. “This investment further strengthens partnerships with a network of local, state and national organizations working to bring national service to tackle critical community needs. These grants increase AmeriCorps’ impact where it’s needed most, integrating funding with programs guided by evidence-based solutions to support underserved communities across the country.”
In addition to the grant funding, AmeriCorps is making available up to $182.4 million in education awards for AmeriCorps members. After successfully completing a full-service term, members receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of approximately $6,500 toward tuition at eligible schools and at specific GI Bill-approved educational programs for veterans or student loan repayment.
The positions funded by these grants will allow AmeriCorps members to help prepare students for college, revitalize cities, connect veterans to jobs, fight the opioid epidemic, rebuild communities following disasters, preserve public lands, strengthen education, foster economic opportunity, and more. These members will join the more than 1.2 million AmeriCorps alumni who have served since the program's inception in 1994 and earned more than $4.2 billion in education awards.
AmeriCorps regularly grants federal funding to local communities and organizations across the country. Additional funds will be awarded throughout the year including funds for federally recognized American Indian and Alaskan Native Tribes or tribal organizations.
Learn more about these AmeriCorps State and National at AmeriCorps.Gov/ASN.