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AmeriCorps Invests $1 Billion in Pandemic Recovery through National Service

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is an unprecedented effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and respond to the public health, education, and economic crisis caused by the pandemic. It includes measures to deliver immediate relief to American families, fund a national vaccination program, provide aid for small businesses struggling to keep their doors open, cut child poverty in half, reopen schools, and help parents get back to work.

The American Rescue Plan also contains $1 billion for AmeriCorps and many of its programs, with top line numbers as follows:

  • $644M for AmeriCorps State and National
    • $20M for the Volunteer Generation Fund
    • $20M for State Service Commissions
  • $80M for AmeriCorps VISTA
  • $30M for AmeriCorps Seniors
  • $73M for AmeriCorps Administrative Expenses
  • $148M for the National Service Trust
  • $9M for the Inspector General

 

This funding positions the agency to make significant, targeted investments to further support the Administration’s top priority to provide immediate relief related to the pandemic, with a specific focus on support for underserved and disproportionately impacted communities.

The funding will increase to the AmeriCorps living allowance  to make service more accessible and inclusive, increase the diversity, cultural experiences, and number of AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serving in communities across the country, and to  help stabilize existing national service programs and expand into new communities. 

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Associated News Releases

press release | March 12, 2021

Statement from Acting CEO Mal Coles on the Signing of the American Rescue Plan

“The American people were promised that “help is on the way,” said Mal Coles, acting CEO of AmeriCorps. “And this transformational investment means that some of that help will be wearing an AmeriCorps “A.” 

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press release | JUNE 22, 2021

AmeriCorps Invests $1 Billion in Pandemic Recovery through National Service

AmeriCorps announced today that it will use its $1 billion American Rescue Plan resources to address the ongoing challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic by giving more Americans the opportunity to perform national service. 

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Implementation Updates

AmeriCorps will continue to send public notices for our grant funding opportunities and share additional updates on this page related to the American Rescue Plan and how this transformational investment will help AmeriCorps make service more accessible through several of our key programs. This section will be updated as decisions are finalized.

 

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AmeriCorps State and National ($644.9 million)

The largest AmeriCorps program by resource allocation, AmeriCorps State and National addresses community needs through a variety of mechanisms, including direct service grants, capacity building grants, and partnerships with Governor-appointed state commissions, US territories, and tribal governments. 

  • Under the American Rescue Plan, the living allowance for AmeriCorps State and National members will increase.
  • State service commissions will receive an increase in AmeriCorps formula funding over three years.
  • Current grantees will have increased access to “match replacement” funds, which cover the grantees’ portion of the obligation they are unable to fulfill due to the pandemic. 

The Volunteer Generation Fund will receive additional funding to develop innovative approaches to expand volunteering, increase diversity in volunteer organizations, and strengthen the capacity of volunteer organizations to recruit and retain skill-based volunteers.

AmeriCorps VISTA ($80 million)

VISTA is an anti-poverty program designed to provide resources for nonprofit organizations and public agencies to increase their capacity to lift communities out of poverty.

  • Additional funds will increase the number of VISTA members serving, expanding VISTA’s efforts to address the needs currently facing communities, including public health, food insecurity, and learning loss. 
  • VISTA will use American Rescue Plan funds to expand its summer associate program, immediately adding 1,000 new positions beginning this month. 
  • As directed by the American Rescue Plan legislation, VISTA will use additional funds to increase the living allowance provided to VISTA members. 

AmeriCorps Seniors ($30 million)

AmeriCorps Seniors ($30 million) – AmeriCorps Seniors is the largest AmeriCorps program by enrollment and provides older adults, all volunteers 55+ years of age, opportunities to serve in their community. 

  • Additional funds will focus first on supporting COVID-19 vaccinations, vaccine outreach and education, and summer learning loss and enrichment programs for our nation’s students.
  • Priority funding will be given to projects that are serving Veterans and military families; populations that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, such as Tribal nations and African Americans; and rural communities. 
  • Together, AmeriCorps Seniors’ three programs, RSVP, the Foster Grandparent Program, and Senior Companion Program, will add over 7,5000 new older adult volunteers across the country.
     

What they’re saying

USA Today | Opinion

Why Biden COVID relief plan will fuel public service in America

Theodore Roosevelt, one of 31 presidents who served in uniform, said: “Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are.” He believed everyone had a duty to serve their country, if they were able.

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CNN | Opinion

This program puts people to work serving America. Now it's going to jump in size

National service is the rare policy that can both unite Americans in a common call and bring back communities decimated by the cascade of crises we now face.

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