Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism Announces $3.7M Awarded for AmeriCorps Funding

Gov. Brian Kemp announced that Georgia has received $3,711,928 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency responsible for AmeriCorps and other national service programs.

These grants will put 597 AmeriCorps members on the ground to serve with 22 organizations. AmeriCorps members will tackle some of the toughest problems in Georgia including education, economic opportunities, healthy futures, veterans and military families, homelessness, people living with disabilities, financial literacy, and environmental issues.

The following organizations were awarded grants for 2020-2021 to implement AmeriCorps programs in Georgia.

Organization Amount
Breakthrough Collaborative AmeriCorps Program $153,227 
Central Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America   $74,276
City of Roswell AmeriCorps After School Project  $77,099
Clayton State University AmeriCorps Program $103,084
CISGA (Communities In Schools) AmeriCorps Foundations Tutorial Program $194,576
Community Action for Improvement AmeriCorps State $52,707
Covenant House Georgia, Inc. AmeriCorps $154,743
Extra Special People, Inc. (ESP) AmeriCorps Program $185,652
Georgia State University Research Foundation – T.E.E.M.S. AmeriCorps $196,767
Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers, Inc. AmeriCorps Program $77,395
Jekyll Island State Park Authority dba AmeriCorps Georgia Sea Turtle Center $337,564
Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc.            $97,788
New American Pathways – AmeriCorps Project RISE         $227,403
One World Link AmeriCorps Project         $154,201
AmeriCorps – ReachBack Workforce Readiness    $52,630
The Scholarship Academy, Inc. – AmeriCorps Financial Aid Awareness Program $92,708
The University of Georgia – Georgia 4-H AmeriCorps Project $464,370
University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. – GA College Advising Corps AmeriCorps     $154,699
Youth Villages Inner Harbour Campus – Youth Villages AmeriCorps Program $215,743
Relay Georgia AmeriCorps School of Education - Teaching Residency $42,500
Teach For America – Metro Atlanta $140,000
Hands on Atlanta AmeriCorps $462,796
TOTAL $3,711,928

AmeriCorps’ unique model means that the grants announced today will leverage an additional $3 million from the private sector, foundations, and other sources – further increasing the return on the federal investment.

In addition, CNCS will provide over $2 million in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants. After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members receive an award of over $6,000 that they can use to pay for college or to pay off student loans.

Every year, 75,000 AmeriCorps members serve through 21,000+ schools, nonprofits, and community and faith-based organizations across the country. These citizens have played a critical role in the recovery of communities affected by disasters and helped thousands of first-generation college students access higher education. They also tutor and mentor young people, connect veterans to jobs, care for seniors, reduce crime and revive cities, fight the opioid epidemic, and meet other critical needs.

Since the program’s inception in 1994, more than 1 million Americans have served, providing more than 1.5 billion hours of service and earned more than $3.6 billion in education scholarships, more than $1 billion of which has been used to pay back student debt. Those interested in joining AmeriCorps can learn more at AmeriCorps.gov/Join.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation's volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.