Idaho NonProfits, Colleges, Universities Encouraged to Apply for AmeriCorps Grants

Nonprofit organizations, colleges, universities, local governments and others have until Nov. 14 to formally notify Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, of their intention to apply for funding for the 2013-1014 fiscal year.

Grant awards range from $133,000 to $1.3 million and are used to fund individual service in programs that meet community needs in disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures and veteran’s services.

AmeriCorps members at work.

Through these grants, scores of AmeriCorps members will provide assistance to communities throughout the state in return for a modest living stipend and an education award that can be used to pay for college or to pay back qualified student loans.

A full time AmeriCorps volunteer receives a $12,100 living stipend and an education award of $5,550, including healthcare and childcare support.

Part time and quarter time volunteer positions are also available, but neither of these positions receives childcare support or health insurance.

Idaho received nearly $2 million again for the current fiscal year to support almost 200 AmeriCorps volunteers, who with the help of community volunteers will provide nearly 3 million hours of services to Idaho and its citizens.

Grant applicants will be required to participate in a technical assistance conference call on Nov. 19, and their official applications for grants must be in to Serve Idaho by Dec.17. Information on the application process and the guidelines for compiling an application is online at the Serve Idaho website or by calling Serve Idaho at (208) 332-3578 ext. 3344.