Funding will help AmeriCorps programs address community needs
CaliforniaVolunteers announced today that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has awarded $26.4 million in grants to 47 projects that support the environment, educational and economic opportunities, and disaster assistance throughout the state.
“California continues to be an innovation hub of high-quality, impactful programs, all using the power of AmeriCorps members and volunteers to get things done,” said California’s Chief Service Officer, Karen Baker. “It is exciting to see the more than 13 percent increase in funding coming to our state.”
Annually, CaliforniaVolunteers oversees AmeriCorps programs that engage more than 3,000 AmeriCorps members who serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and local government at more than 900 locations across the State of California. They are part of the nearly 7,600 AmeriCorps members who serve in more than 1,600 sites in California.
Since 1994, more than 900,000 Americans have provided more than one billion hours of service addressing critical challenges from poverty and hunger to disasters and the dropout crisis. In California, nearly 120,000 AmeriCorps members have served close to 150 million hours and earned almost $341 million in education scholarships. California AmeriCorps members supported by these grants are eligible to earn approximately $15 million education scholarships to help pay for college or to pay off student loans.
“AmeriCorps members make a powerful impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation,” said CNCS CEO Wendy Spencer. “Building on California’s strong tradition of neighbor helping neighbor, AmeriCorps members will improve lives and strengthen communities across the state. As they serve others, AmeriCorps members will also expand opportunity for themselves – gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers.”
Of the 47 grants, 30 were awarded new grant funding for programs that will improve communities in the following priority areas:
- Disaster Services – Programs in this area will help communities when disasters strike, as well as assist in pre-disaster training.
- Economic Opportunity – Members will assist in job placement and training in these programs.
- Education – Various tutoring methods will be used within these programs to assist high-need students from kindergarten through high school. Tutoring will include areas such as reading skills, anti-bullying, behavioral, and school gardening.
- Environment – Programs in this area will improve the environment through restoration of watersheds and trails, as well as making wilderness areas safer and more accessible.
- Health and Human Service Needs – Members in these programs will connect communities to healthcare and education resources, as well as strengthen parental education for positive impacts in families.
A complete list of the 47 California programs awarded AmeriCorps grants can be found below:
|Legal Applicant City||Program Name||Focus Area||Grant Amount||Grant Type|
|Santa Cruz||American Conservation Experience (ACE) California||Environmental Stewardship||$ 417,101||Competitive, New/Re-compete|
|Thermal||AmeriCorps Lectura (Promote)||Education||$ 676,000||Formula, New/Re-compete|
|Santa Barbara||AppleCorps||Education||$ 285,701||Formula, Continuation|
|Fortuna||Backcountry Trails AmeriCorps Program||Environmental Stewardship||$ 386,044||Competitive, New/Re-compete|
|San Rafael||Bay Area Workforce AmeriCorps||Economic Opportunity||$ 365,402||Competitive, New/Re-compete|
|San Rafael||BAYAC (Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium) AmeriCorps||Education||$ 1,470,628||Formula, New/Re-compete|
|Sacramento||Birth & Beyond||Healthy Futures||$ 979,889||Competitive, Continuation|
|El Centro||Borderlands||Education||$ 485,395||Formula, Continuation|
|Bakersfield||Building Healthy Communities||Education||$ 328,825||Formula, Continuation|
|San Francisco||CA JusticeCorps||Education||$ 919,942||Formula, Continuation|
|Los Angeles||CA Safe Corps||Disaster Services||$ 302,222||Competitive, New/Re-compete|
|Napa||CalSERVES||Education||$ 489,850||Competitive, New/Re-compete|
|Napa||CalSERVES II (Augment-Fixed)||Education||$ 339,174||Formula, New/Re-compete|
|Napa||CalSERVES PREP (Fixed-Amount)||Education||$ 537,200||Formula, Continuation|
|Napa||CalSERVES VIP||Capacity Building||$ 1,300,000||Competitive, Continuation|
|Sacramento||Child Welfare Service Improvement||Healthy Futures||$ 603,310||Competitive, Continuation|
|Los Angeles||City Year Los Angeles||Education||$ 2,500,000||Competitive, New/Re-compete|
|Sacramento||CivicSpark||Environmental Stewardship||$ 638,267||Competitive, Continuation|
|Santa Ana||Disaster Resiliency for Vulnerable Populations||Disaster Services||$ 160,000||Formula, New/Re-compete|
|San Francisco||Education Outside||Education||$ 549,160||Formula, New/Re-compete|
|Oakland||Elev8 Youth Program||Education||$ 694,980||Formula, Continuation|
|Alameda||First 5 Service Corps||Education||$ 1,137,385||Competitive, New/Re-compete|
|San Bernardino||Forest Aid Corps||Disaster Services||$ 256,273||Competitive, New/Re-compete|
|San Francisco||Healthy Choices AmeriCorps||Education||$ 454,997||Formula, New/Re-compete|
|Los Angeles||Hope for the Homeless||Economic Opportunity||$ 261,729||Formula, Continuation|
|San Francisco||Jumpstart CA||Education||$ 1,168,322||Competitive, Continuation|
|Lakeport||Lake County AmeriCorps||Education||$ 157,978||Formula, New/Re-compete|
|Los Angeles||Los Angeles Promise Corps||Education||$ 583,070||Competitive, New/Re-compete|
|Salinas||Monterey County United for Literacy||Education||$ 330,009||Formula, New/Re-compete|
|Anaheim||Muslim & Arab American Resource Corps||Healthy Futures & Economic Opp.||$ 150,000||Formula, New/Re-compete|
|Redding||Northstate Rural Assets Project||Healthy Futures||$ 252,208||Competitive, New/Re-compete|
|San Rafael||OCASA AmeriCorps||Education||$ 251,049||Formula, New/Re-compete|
|San Jose||Our City Forest||Environmental Stewardship||$ 987,871||Formula, Continuation|
|San Diego||PASS AmeriCorps (Fixed-Amount)||Education||$ 452,845||Formula, Continuation|
|Oakland||Playworks California||Education||$ 939,125||Competitive, New/Re-compete|
|Los Angeles||Promise Zone Operation AmeriCorps||Education||$ 164,205||Competitive, New/Re-compete|
|Oakland||Reading Partners II (Augment-Fixed)||Education||$ 390,000||Formula, New/Re-compete|
|Oakland||Reading Partners California||Education||$ 819,000||Competitive, New/Re-compete|
|San Francisco||San Francisco Teacher Residency||Education||$ 525,000||Formula, New/Re-compete|
|South Lake Tahoe||Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership||Environmental Stewardship||$ 363,309||Competitive, New/Re-compete|
|Oakland||Super Stars Literacy||Education||$ 363,958||Competitive, New/Re-compete|
|Riverside||University Eastside Community Collaborative (UECC)||Education||$ 272,860||Formula, New/Re-compete|
|Los Angeles||Veteran Resource Corps||Veterans & Military Families||$ 294,000||Formula, Continuation|
|Fortuna||Watershed Stewards||Environmental Stewardship||$ 426,950||Competitive, New/Re-compete|
|Watsonville||Work Success Now!||Economic Opportunity||$ 276,640||Formula, New/Re-compete|
|San Bernardino||Young Scholars||Education||$ 323,040||Formula, Continuation|
|Sacramento||Youth Investment Center||Education||$ 383,184||Competitive, Continuation|
|Grand Total||$ 26,414,097|