AmeriCorps today announced $216 million in grants for the about 300 organizations, specifically chosen to implement the areas of service emphasized in the Edward Kennedy Serve America Act. The money goes to organizations that will work in education, health, disaster assistance, veterans assistance and economic opportunity.
Acting Interim CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, Robert Velasco II, said that these grants and $118 million in formula grants distributed to state groups will fund a total of 80,000 AmeriCorps volunteers.
The competition for this year’s grants attracted twice the number of requests, totaling more than twice as much as the money available. The number of applicants for AmeriCorps positions also increased to 536,000 this year, compared with about 360,000 last year.
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