A Piece Of The $234 Million Donation
The 2010 AmeriCorps grant recipients have been named and there are 329 lucky winners who all get a piece of the $234 million donation hoped to improve essential services across the country.
This free money is being awarded to applicants whose programs fall into one of the five funding categories outlined by the AmeriCorps program. These include: helping the poor, improving education, encouraging energy efficiency, strengthening access to healthcare and assisting veterans.
Is Everyone Receiving The Same Amount Of Money?
Not everyone, however, is receiving the same amount of money. Grants range from $800 awards for smaller missions and up to over 10 million for some of the larger ones. Money is being divided up by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service who decides exactly how the money should be distributed.
With these grants the government hopes to repair a number of flailing services here in the US, most important being literacy and overall education. As such, it should come as no big surprise that Teach for America is the overall big winner in these free money awards. This program is set to receive $11.4 million for 6,621 AmeriCorps members performing its services. Teach for America is a non-profit organization that works to get rid of education inequality across the country by placing recently graduated teachers to teach in low income areas. The money will help cover the cost of living for these teachers while they perform this vital public service.
Operation Welcome Home
Operation Welcome Home is another important program receiving almost $560,000 for their service. This program is run by the California Department of Veterans Affairs and employs 80 AmeriCorps members who help returning soldiers and military members in California transition back to civilian life.
Other big winners in the grant awards include: $400,000 for the Northern Mariana Islands; $650,000 to learn and Earn Alaska; $702,000 to the National AIDS Fund and $1,600,000 for Harlem Children’s Zone Peacemaker Program; $1,096,000 for National Association of Service & Conservation Corps amongst so many others.
Now Is The Time To Act
If you are interested in receiving free money from AmeriCorps now is the time to act. You can visit their website and find out exactly what you need to qualify. Regardless of how small your outfit is, there is money for you. These grant awards will continue to be available in abundance over the next few years as the government tries to get AmeriCorps services from a mere 80,000 members to 250,000 members by 2017. Don’t miss out on your opportunity.
If the whole grant application process is a bit too overwhelming for you, you can also choose to send away for a free grant application kit. This kit will tell you everything you need to know about applying for a grant, including a listing of all available grants, and a step by step guide through the application process. Apply today.