Gov. Deal announces 2016 AmeriCorps grants to Georgia organizations
Nearly 500 AmeriCorps volunteers to meet state and local needs

(ATLANTA – 6/30/16)  – Gov. Nathan Deal announced today $3,772,221 in AmeriCorps grants and education scholarships for Georgia from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for 481 AmeriCorps members serving in 19 nonprofit and public agencies.

“Communities need a broad range of assets to stay healthy, support job growth, and compete in our global economy,” said Deal. "These grants will enable AmeriCorps volunteers to help meet local needs while developing the civic and leadership skills that are important to growing communities. The work carried out by these AmeriCorps members will have a positive and lasting impact on our state."

The law creating AmeriCorps gave a key role to states in determining how national service resources are used in promoting volunteerism and service. The funding will be granted to the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism (GCSV), part of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). 

“DCA is proud to count the GCSV among its valuable resources to help tackle critical challenges in Georgia including tutoring and mentoring youth, facilitating health education programs, and preserving the state’s natural resources through environmental stewardship projects,” said DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles. “The funding provided by AmeriCorps will help DCA follow its mission to help build strong and vibrant communities across Georgia.”

Due to the strong demand by organizations seeking AmeriCorps resources, the current year’s AmeriCorps grant cycle was highly competitive. The 2016 competition prioritized investments in economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, disaster services, and continued a new initiative for governors and mayors.

Six of the 19 nonprofit and public organizations will receive planning grants with this year’s funds. Planning grants are utilized to assist qualifying organizations in developing the systems and infrastructures necessary to operate a full AmeriCorps program. 

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 25,000 locations across the country. These members help communities approach pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.

After completing a full term of service, full-time AmeriCorps Members may receive an education award of $5,775 that can be used to pay for college or to satisfy qualified student loans.

Below is an alphabetical list of 2016-2017 AmeriCorps grants in Georgia:

Organization                                                              Amount Awarded 2016-2017

Action Ministries                                                          $  24,458.00
Clayton State University                                              $195,978.00
Communities In Schools of Georgia                           $174,981.00
Covenant House Georgia, Inc.                                    $131,509.00
Department of Natural Resources/GA State Parks  $205,933.00
Extra Special People, Inc.                                           $  61,863.00
Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club                                  $  34,726.00
Georgia State University Research Foundation Inc. $168,564.00
Hands On Atlanta                                                         $383,376.00
Hands On Washington                                                $  73,309.00
Jekyll Island                                                                   $316,847.00
Moultrie YMCA                                                             $  36,183.00
New American Pathways                                            $315,849.00
REACH Georgia Foundation                                      $  74,779.00
Teach for America                                                      
$   63,625.00
The University of Georgia                                           $617,301.00
United Way of Metro Atlanta                                       $261,777.00
WINGS for Kids                                                           $320,571.00
Youth Villages                                                              $311,292.00

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The Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism is a part of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Our mission is to promote service and volunteerism in Georgia through AmeriCorps national service grants, community volunteer recognition, and support of local volunteer organizations and efforts.  For more information, visit http://www.americorpsga.org/.

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions, and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified low- and moderate- income Georgians buy homes, rent housing, and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, visit www.dca.ga.gov.

AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov .

 

CONTACT:    

Grant Cagle, Assistant, Marketing & Communications
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
(o) 404-327-6846
grant.cagle@dca.ga.gov

 

Linda Thompson, GCSV Director

Georgia Department of Community Affairs
(o) 404-679-1584

Linda.Thompson@dca.ga.gov