Federal funding will help meet critical state and local needs
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 9, 2017) – The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) announced today that Kentucky has received nearly $6.7 million in AmeriCorps federal funding for 20 programs with more than 900 total members.
Most of the programs were funded through an annual grant competition by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that engages Americans of all ages in service. The remaining programs are funded through formula grant funds that are allocated to Kentucky by CNCS based on state population.
AmeriCorps is a national service program administered by Serve Kentucky – formerly known as the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service — in the CHFS. AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. Members serve faith-based and nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, local government entities and state agencies.
“This funding will help address critical issues across the commonwealth – like teaching and tutoring students, combatting homelessness, providing drug resistance education, protecting environmental resources, serving veterans and military families, empowering victims of domestic violence and assisting low-income senior citizens,” said CHFS Secretary Adam M. Meier. “Service is a wonderful way to build our workforce and our community resources.”
Meier added that including additional local match funding and educational grants, AmeriCorps programs will result in a $21 million investment in Kentucky.
Find the full release including a breakdown of each project that will be enhanced with the AmeriCorps service grants at www.accesskpa.com. One other news release was posted this week as well. Remember to check that site regularly for news releases posted for your consideration.