California to Receive $34.5 Million to Fund AmeriCorps Programs

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CaliforniaVolunteers announced today that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has awarded California more than $33.2 million in competitive and formula grants to 57 projects that support the environment, educational and economic opportunities, and disaster assistance throughout the state.

CaliforniaVolunteers has also received nearly $1.3 million to fund planning grants for 18 different programs. Planning grants provide one-year funding to design and develop new AmeriCorps programs that can address community problems and demonstrate significant impacts.

“This is a banner year for AmeriCorps in California,” said California’s Chief Service Officer, Karen Baker. “We will be putting nearly 4,000 AmeriCorps members to work making a difference in high-need communities, all while having a dynamic service experience.”

One of the many programs funded, City Year Sacramento, will be serving over 4,000 of Sacramento’s most vulnerable students. “By improving key drop out indicators, we are helping to keep more students on track to graduate high school on time and college and career ready,” said City Year Sacramento Executive Director Jeff Owen. “This work would not be possible without the incredible investment of CaliforniaVolunteers.”

Since 1994, more than 120,000 California residents have served more than 150 million hours and have earned more than $360 million in education scholarships. CaliforniaVolunteers oversees AmeriCorps programs that engage nearly 4,000 AmeriCorps members who serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and local government at nearly 900 locations across the State of California. They are part of the nearly 8,000 AmeriCorps members who serve throughout the state.

“AmeriCorps members make a powerful impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps. “Building on California’s strong tradition of neighbor helping neighbor, AmeriCorps members will improve lives and strengthen communities across the state. As they serve others, AmeriCorps members will also expand opportunity for themselves – gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers. We congratulate all the California organizations who received funding this year, and thank all AmeriCorps members for their service.”

A complete list of the 57 California programs that were awarded AmeriCorps competitive and formula grants can be found below:

Program Name

Legal Applicant City

Focus Area

Grant Amount

Grant Type

ACE Trails Enhancement Santa Cruz Environmental Stewardship $417,101 Competitive, Continuation
AmeriCorps Housing Support Partnership Eureka Economic Opportunity $306,444 Formula, New/Recompete
AmeriCorps Lectura Thermal Education $752,927 Formula, Continuation
Backcountry Trails Fortuna Environmental Stewardship $386,044 Competitive, Continuation
BAYAC San Rafael Education $1,949,648 Formula, Continuation
Birth and Beyond Sacramento Healthy Futures $1,206,437 Competitive, New/Recompete
Borderlands El Centro Education $468,000 Competitive, New/Recompete
Building Healthy Communities Bakersfield Education $444,499 Formula, Continuation
California Disaster Services Corps Los Angeles Disaster Services $399,968 Formula, New/Recompete
California Safe Corps Los Angeles Disaster Services $302,222 Competitive, Continuation
CalSERVES Expanded Learning Rohnert Park Education $489,850 Competitive, Continuation
CalSERVES Expanded Learning Rohnert Park Education $339,175 Formula, Continuation
CalSERVES VIP Rohnert Park Capacity Building $1,611,600 Competitive, New/Recompete
Career Connections AmeriCorps San Rafael Economic Opportunity $365,402 Competitive, Continuation
Child Welfare System Improvement Sacramento Healthy Futures $603,310 Competitive, Continuation
City Year LA Los Angeles Education $2,500,000 Competitive, Continuation
City Year LA Los Angeles Education $348,000 Formula, New/Recompete
City Year Sacramento Sacramento Education $849,948 Competitive, New/Recompete
Civic Spark Sacramento Environmental Stewardship $638,267 Competitive, Continuation
Climate Corps AmeriCorps San Rafael Environmental Stewardship $410,555 Formula, New/Recompete
Community Arts Partnership AmeriCorps Scholars & Fellows Program Valencia Education $335,606 Formula, New/Recompete
Disaster Resiliency for Vulnerable Populations Santa Ana Disaster Services $335,471 Formula, Continuation
Education Outside San Francisco Education $660,766 Formula, Continuation
Elev8 Youth Program Oakland Education $760,699 Formula, New/Recompete
First 5 Service Corps Alameda Education $1,137,384 Competitive, Continuation
Food Literacy Center’s AmeriCorps Program Sacramento Healthy Futures $273,314 Competitive, New/Recompete
Forest Aid Corps San Bernardino Environmental Stewardship $256,273 Competitive, Continuation
Healthy Choices AmeriCorps San Francisco Education $493,890 Formula, Continuation
Hope for the Homeless Los Angeles Economic Opportunity $297,683 Formula, New/Recompete
Jumpstart California San Francisco Education $1,341,327 Competitive, New/Recompete
JusticeCorps San Francisco Justice $1,083,740 Competitive, New/Recompete
Lake County Lakeport Education $288,850 Formula, Continuation
Los Angeles Promise Corps Los Angeles Education $583,070 Competitive, Continuation
Monterey County United for Literacy Salinas Education $477,023 Formula, Continuation
Muslim & Arab-American Resource Corps (MAARC) Anaheim Healthy Futures & Economic Opportunity $161,850 Formula, Continuation
North State Rural Assets Redding Healthy Futures $252,208 Competitive, Continuation
OCASA AmeriCorps San Rafael Education $274,743 Formula, Continuation
Our City Forest AmeriCorps San Jose Environmental Stewardship $741,442 Competitive, New/Recompete
Partnership for Veterans and Homeless Santa Barbara Economic Opportunity $320,160 Formula, New/Recompete
PASS AmeriCorps San Diego Education $505,479 Competitive, New/Recompete
Playworks CA Oakland Education $939,125 Competitive, Continuation
Promise Zone [Operation AmeriCorps] Los Angeles Education $165,326 Competitive, Continuation
Reading Partners Oakland Education $1,027,000 Competitive, Continuation
Reading Partners Oakland Education $338,000 Formula, Continuation
San Francisco Teacher Residency San Francisco Education $546,960 Formula, Continuation
Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership South Lake Tahoe Environmental Stewardship $363,309 Competitive, Continuation
Super Stars Literacy Oakland Education $363,958 Competitive, Continuation
Tree Mortality Mitigation Corps (CCC) Sacramento Environmental Stewardship $855,553 Formula, New/Recompete
UECC Riverside Education $289,602 Formula, New/Recompete
Up2Us Sports –  California Los Angeles Healthy Futures $235,655 Competitive, New/Recompete
VIP Service Enterprise Rohnert Park Capacity Building $805,805 Competitive, New/Recompete
Viva Bien, Coma Bien, Sientase Bien Hayward Healthy Futures $274,600 Competitive, New/Recompete
Water Action Corps Sacramento Environmental Stewardship $274,600 Competitive, New/Recompete
Watershed Stewards Project Fortuna Environmental Stewardship $426,950 Competitive, Continuation
Work Success Now! Santa Cruz Economic Opportunity $268,292 Formula, Continuation
Young Scholars San Bernardino Education $317,292 Formula, New/Recompete
Youth Investment Center Sacramento Education $366,637 Competitive, New/Recompete
Total Formula & Competitive: $33,229,039
Total Planning Grant: $1,273,059
Grand Total: $34,502,098

About CaliforniaVolunteers: CaliforniaVolunteers is the state office that manages programs and initiatives to increase the number of Californians involved with service and volunteering, including the state AmeriCorps program and the management of volunteers and monetary donations during times of disasters. For more information, please visit www.CaliforniaVolunteers.org.

About AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.

 

 

 

 

CaliforniaVolunteers Now Accepting AmeriCorps Planning Grant Applications

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One-Year Grants with up to $75,000 in Funding Available 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – CaliforniaVolunteers announced today that it is now accepting applications for 2016-17 AmeriCorps state planning grant funding in support of community partnerships that will engage AmeriCorps members to meet state and local challenges through service and volunteer action.

“CaliforniaVolunteers is committed to helping communities with the power and talent of AmeriCorps members,” said Chief Service Officer Karen Baker.  “This new round of federal planning grant funding will allow for organizations to create new and innovative AmeriCorps programs to address challenges within their neighborhoods.”

The AmeriCorps planning grants provide funding to design and develop new AmeriCorps programs that can address community problems and demonstrate significant impacts. A one-year planning grant can support staffing costs, travel, materials, and other costs necessary to conduct a community needs assessment, bring together community partners to help design appropriate service activities to address community needs identified, develop financial plans to support cost share, and develop high quality plans for managing program implementation.

The optional Notice of Intent to apply is due May 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm and the hardcopy application deadline is June 3, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

Informational call-in sessions will be held on both May 13 and 19, 2016, where interested applicants can learn more about the application process.

For more information, please visit www.californiavolunteers.org and click the “2016 AmeriCorps Planning Grant Applications” link under “Highlights.”

California to Receive $26.4 Million in AmeriCorps Grant Funding

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Funding will help AmeriCorps programs address community needs

CaliforniaVolunteers announced today that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has awarded $26.4 million in grants to 47 projects that support the environment, educational and economic opportunities, and disaster assistance throughout the state.

“California continues to be an innovation hub of high-quality, impactful programs, all using the power of AmeriCorps members and volunteers to get things done,” said California’s Chief Service Officer, Karen Baker.  “It is exciting to see the more than 13 percent increase in funding coming to our state.”

Annually, CaliforniaVolunteers oversees AmeriCorps programs that engage more than 3,000 AmeriCorps members who serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and local government at more than 900 locations across the State of California.  They are part of the nearly 7,600 AmeriCorps members who serve in more than 1,600 sites in California.

Since 1994, more than 900,000 Americans have provided more than one billion hours of service addressing critical challenges from poverty and hunger to disasters and the dropout crisis.  In California, nearly 120,000 AmeriCorps members have served close to 150 million hours and earned almost $341 million in education scholarships. California AmeriCorps members supported by these grants are eligible to earn approximately $15 million education scholarships to help pay for college or to pay off student loans.

“AmeriCorps members make a powerful impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation,” said CNCS CEO Wendy Spencer.  “Building on California’s strong tradition of neighbor helping neighbor, AmeriCorps members will improve lives and strengthen communities across the state.  As they serve others, AmeriCorps members will also expand opportunity for themselves – gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers.”

Of the 47 grants, 30 were awarded new grant funding for programs that will improve communities in the following priority areas:

  • Disaster Services – Programs in this area will help communities when disasters strike, as well as assist in pre-disaster training.
  • Economic Opportunity – Members will assist in job placement and training in these programs.
  • Education – Various tutoring methods will be used within these programs to assist high-need students from kindergarten through high school. Tutoring will include areas such as reading skills, anti-bullying, behavioral, and school gardening.
  • Environment – Programs in this area will improve the environment through restoration of watersheds and trails, as well as making wilderness areas safer and more accessible.
  • Health and Human Service Needs – Members in these programs will connect communities to healthcare and education resources, as well as strengthen parental education for positive impacts in families.

A complete list of the 47 California programs awarded AmeriCorps grants can be found below:

Legal Applicant City Program Name Focus Area Grant Amount Grant Type
Santa Cruz American Conservation Experience (ACE) California Environmental Stewardship  $         417,101 Competitive, New/Re-compete
Thermal AmeriCorps Lectura (Promote) Education  $         676,000 Formula, New/Re-compete
Santa Barbara AppleCorps Education  $         285,701 Formula, Continuation
Fortuna Backcountry Trails AmeriCorps Program Environmental Stewardship  $         386,044 Competitive, New/Re-compete
San Rafael Bay Area Workforce AmeriCorps Economic Opportunity  $         365,402 Competitive, New/Re-compete
San Rafael BAYAC (Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium) AmeriCorps Education  $      1,470,628 Formula, New/Re-compete
Sacramento Birth & Beyond Healthy Futures  $         979,889 Competitive, Continuation
El Centro Borderlands Education  $         485,395 Formula, Continuation
Bakersfield Building Healthy Communities Education  $         328,825 Formula, Continuation
San Francisco CA JusticeCorps Education  $         919,942 Formula, Continuation
Los Angeles CA Safe Corps Disaster Services  $         302,222 Competitive, New/Re-compete
Napa CalSERVES Education  $         489,850 Competitive, New/Re-compete
Napa CalSERVES II (Augment-Fixed) Education  $         339,174 Formula, New/Re-compete
Napa CalSERVES PREP (Fixed-Amount) Education  $         537,200 Formula, Continuation
Napa CalSERVES VIP Capacity Building  $      1,300,000 Competitive, Continuation
Sacramento Child Welfare Service Improvement Healthy Futures  $         603,310 Competitive, Continuation
Los Angeles City Year Los Angeles Education  $      2,500,000 Competitive, New/Re-compete
Sacramento CivicSpark Environmental Stewardship  $         638,267 Competitive, Continuation
Santa Ana Disaster Resiliency for Vulnerable Populations Disaster Services  $         160,000 Formula, New/Re-compete
San Francisco Education Outside Education  $         549,160 Formula, New/Re-compete
Oakland Elev8 Youth Program Education  $         694,980 Formula, Continuation
Alameda First 5 Service Corps Education  $      1,137,385 Competitive, New/Re-compete
San Bernardino Forest Aid Corps Disaster Services  $         256,273 Competitive, New/Re-compete
San Francisco Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Education  $         454,997 Formula, New/Re-compete
Los Angeles Hope for the Homeless Economic Opportunity  $         261,729 Formula, Continuation
San Francisco Jumpstart CA Education  $      1,168,322 Competitive, Continuation
Lakeport Lake County AmeriCorps Education  $         157,978 Formula, New/Re-compete
Los Angeles Los Angeles Promise Corps Education  $         583,070 Competitive, New/Re-compete
Salinas Monterey County United for Literacy Education  $         330,009 Formula, New/Re-compete
Anaheim Muslim & Arab American Resource Corps Healthy Futures & Economic Opp.  $         150,000 Formula, New/Re-compete
Redding Northstate Rural Assets Project Healthy Futures  $         252,208 Competitive, New/Re-compete
San Rafael OCASA AmeriCorps Education  $         251,049 Formula, New/Re-compete
San Jose Our City Forest Environmental Stewardship  $         987,871 Formula, Continuation
San Diego PASS AmeriCorps (Fixed-Amount) Education  $         452,845 Formula, Continuation
Oakland Playworks California Education  $         939,125 Competitive, New/Re-compete
Los Angeles Promise Zone Operation AmeriCorps Education  $         164,205 Competitive, New/Re-compete
Oakland Reading Partners II (Augment-Fixed) Education  $         390,000 Formula, New/Re-compete
Oakland Reading Partners California Education  $         819,000 Competitive, New/Re-compete
San Francisco San Francisco Teacher Residency Education  $         525,000 Formula, New/Re-compete
South Lake Tahoe Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Environmental Stewardship  $         363,309 Competitive, New/Re-compete
Oakland Super Stars Literacy Education  $         363,958 Competitive, New/Re-compete
Riverside University Eastside Community Collaborative (UECC) Education  $         272,860 Formula, New/Re-compete
Los Angeles Veteran Resource Corps Veterans & Military Families  $         294,000 Formula, Continuation
Fortuna Watershed Stewards Environmental Stewardship  $         426,950 Competitive, New/Re-compete
Watsonville Work Success Now! Economic Opportunity  $         276,640 Formula, New/Re-compete
San Bernardino Young Scholars Education  $         323,040 Formula, Continuation
Sacramento Youth Investment Center Education  $         383,184 Competitive, Continuation
Grand Total  $    26,414,097

CaliforniaVolunteers Now Accepting 2016 AmeriCorps Grant Applications for State Priorities, Including Drought Efforts

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CaliforniaVolunteers announced today that it is now accepting applications for 2016-17 AmeriCorps state grant funding in support of community partnerships that will engage AmeriCorps members to meet state and local challenges through service and volunteer action. This year’s grant program will add drought relief efforts as a funding preference priority.

“CaliforniaVolunteers is committed to supporting partnerships that effectively engage AmeriCorps members to address community problems,” said Chief Service Officer Karen Baker.  “With California entering its fourth year of extreme drought conditions, we felt it necessary to add drought efforts as an additional priority for funding, as this is one of the biggest challenges California is currently facing.”

Today’s Request for Applications comes about six months earlier than normal to give applicants additional time to prepare a well-thought-out and complete application. The extended timeline also allows CaliforniaVolunteers extra time to work with applicants to strengthen their proposals, if funded, for successful implementation and to be more competitive in securing federal grants.

Informational sessions will be held in the month of May, where interested applicants can learn more about the application process, as well as more about the specific priorities for funding, including drought relief.  For more information, please visit www.californiavolunteers.org.

For more than two years, California has been dealing with the effects of drought. To learn about all the actions the state has taken to manage our water system and cope with the impacts of the drought, visit Drought.CA.gov.

Every Californian should take steps to conserve water. Find out how at SaveOurWater.com.