$16.3 million in AmeriCorps funding in WashingtonStaff Writer | July 6, 2016
Washington has been awarded $16.3 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
Serve Washington Funds will engage 1,360 AmeriCorps members in service
AmeriCorps members will tackle critical challenges in Washington, including helping in education settings, preserving the environment, assisting with disaster response and recovery, and supporting veterans and military families.
Of the total amount, $15.1 million will be directed to Serve Washington, the governor-appointed state service commission, which in turn will award grants to 17 nonprofit organizations and public agencies across the state.
Funds will engage 1,360 AmeriCorps members in service. In addition, $1.2 million is being awarded to two multi-state programs headquartered in Washington, which will add 114 AmeriCorps positions.
CNCS will make available $8.5 million in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants. After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members receive an award of $5,775 they can use to pay for college or to pay off student loans.
The current year’s AmeriCorps grant cycle was highly competitive due to the strong demand by organizations seeking its resources. The 2016 competition prioritized investments in economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, and disaster services.
Since 1994, more than 37,000 Washington residents have served more than 55 million hours and qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $130 million. ■