Serve Idaho announces $375,000 in funding for AmeriCorps planning grants

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: May 30, 2023
Media Contact: Renee.Bade@labor.idaho.gov

Idaho nonprofit, educational, community and faith-based organizations, Indian tribes and local governments are eligible to apply for federal funding through Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism.

Up to five organizations will receive funding up to $75,000 each for planning grants to explore the feasibility of operating an AmeriCorps program. These funds allow time and financial resources for organizations to determine how an AmeriCorps program and its members could help solve community problems.

Priority will be given to organizations focusing on economic opportunity addressing housing and helping individuals find better paying careers, and organizations serving rural communities. However, all eligible applicants are encouraged to apply.

A notice of intent to apply for a grant must be filed by 3 p.m. MDT on Monday, June 12. The intent to apply can be found at serve.idaho.gov/grantsfunding. A mandatory technical assistance call will be held Friday, June 16, at 10 a.m. MDT. Interested organizations have until Friday, June 30, at 4 p.m. MDT to submit an application.

Serve Idaho and AmeriCorps provide funding for the following focus areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, veterans and military families.

More information on the grant opportunity is available at serve.idaho.gov/grantsfunding.

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In 2022, AmeriCorps committed more than $7.2 million to support Idaho communities through AmeriCorps initiatives. This federal investment leveraged more than $1.5 million in other resources to strengthen community impact, build local support and increase return on taxpayer dollars.

Serve Idaho is a division of the Idaho Department of Labor. The commission administers Idaho’s AmeriCorps programs. Serve Idaho is funded in part by the federal agency AmeriCorps and the Idaho Department of Labor.

More information about Serve Idaho and AmeriCorps service opportunities is at serve.idaho.gov

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Serve Idaho is supported by AmeriCorps. A total of $4,519,228, or 61%, of the program is financed with federal funds, and $2,893,430, or 39%, is funded by local support.