Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS)
||AmeriCorps Funding Update
Kentucky Receives $6.1 Million in Service Grants
Federal funding will help meet critical state and local needs
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jean West, 502-564-6786, ext. 3465, or
Anya Armes Weber, ext. 3104
FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 15, 2016) – The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) announced today that Kentucky has received more than $6 million in AmeriCorps federal funding for 19 programs with more than 1,000 members.
Most of the programs were funded through an annual grant competition by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that engages Americans of all ages in service. The remaining programs are funded through formula grant funds that are allocated to Kentucky by CNCS based on state population.
AmeriCorps is a national service program administered by the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS) in the CHFS. AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. Members serve faith-based and nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, local government entities and state agencies.
CHFS Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson said the grants will help address critical issues across the commonwealth – like teaching and tutoring students, combatting homelessness, providing drug resistance education, protecting environmental resources, serving veterans and military families, empowering victims of domestic violence and assisting low-income senior citizens.
“Service builds our workforce, it builds our community resources and it builds character,” Sec. Glisson said. “National service also builds partnerships that help make our Commonwealth stronger. Through these AmeriCorps grants, local citizens are addressing local needs.”
Glisson said that including additional local funding and educational grants, AmeriCorps programs will result in a $15.3 million investment in Kentucky.
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Governor's Service Awards
This year's winners will be honored at a special ceremony in August. Learn more about the awards program.
2016 AmeriCorps Build-A-Bed Projects
Build-A-Bed is a service project started by Kentucky AmeriCorps program directors in 2009. #BuildABed targets children in Kentucky that are living in homes with not enough beds, or none at all. This project is designed to promote healthy bedtime rituals, improve the quality of sleep, and create happier days, brighter dreams and more opportunities for a lifetime of success!
On April 16, three AmeriCorps programs (REACH Corps, ATEAM and MSUCorps) held Build-A-Bed projects across Kentucky, building and distributing 300-plus beds.
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AmeriCorps Alums, the only nonprofit network for alumni from all AmeriCorps programs, believes national service is the leadership pipeline for the 21st century.
Learn more about Kentucky AmeriCorps Alums.
If you are interested in being a project sponsor for a NCCC team in Kentucky, please contact Stephanie Gittinger, 601-630-4068. Learn more about AmeriCorps NCCC.
2016 Recognition Day for National Service
To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve, mayors and country officials participated in the fourth-annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service.
Thank you to the more than 130 Kentucky elected officials who demonstrated their support. Check out #Mayor4Service and #County4Service photos on the KCCVS Facebook page.
2016 MLK Day
On the 2016 MLK Day of Service, Kentucky AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA members completed 185 service projects with 1,122 community volunteers, providing 2,695 hours of service! (Updated 2-18-16)
Check out photos on Facebook or search for #MLKDay on social media platforms to find out more about what happened on the national day of service.
Map of National Service Programs in Kentucky
Currently, National Service members are serving in 97 Kentucky counties. This map includes AmeriCorps State and National, VISTA and Senior Corps program sites.
Kentucky AmeriCorps members recruited nearly 12,000 community volunteers who provided more than 82,000 hours of service to their communities. This infographic shows this and other accomplishments by Kentucky AmeriCorps members during the last program year.
Find out more about the current Kentucky AmeriCorps programs and how to apply for open member positions.
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