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12 AmeriCorps programs across Maine awarded $1.84M for 2019-20 program year

Community Author: Bryan Roche
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AmeriCorps /Maine Commission for Community Service | Contributed
AmeriCorps /Maine Commission for Community Service | Contributed

AUGUSTA – The Maine Commission for Community Service is funding 12 Maine AmeriCorps programs and 262 positions with over $1.84 million using monies provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency supporting National Service programs. These initiatives will be bolstered by an additional $1.4 million in local funds and in-kind contributions.

The funds will support AmeriCorps members efforts to address opioid misuse, enhance K-12 education for underserved populations and at-risk youth, improve access and conserve the environment, and augment job skills and readiness, among other outcomes.

The commission approved funding for eight programs that applied for an AmeriCorps Formula Grant, which are awarded to states each year based on a population formula. This includes $152,209 in funding for the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program to establish a new program, First4 AmeriCorps. The funding will provide member opportunities to work in infant and preschool classrooms throughout the program service area to improve school readiness for economically disadvantaged young children. Program Child & Family Services will provide an additional $88,533 to the project. Please view the link to learn more about First4 AmeriCorps.

Seven of those eight programs applied for funds through the Maine Rural State AmeriCorps Grant Initiative. This grant design allows organizations in rural states, such as Maine, to scale their programs down to a size appropriate for the community and host two to five members instead.

2019 AmeriCorps Formula Grant awards

(Award winners listed by program name followed by grantee in brackets. Asterisk indicates Maine Rural State AmeriCorps Grant winners.)

– Access to Success with AmeriCorps* (MSAD 70), Hodgdon: $47,973/three members

– AmeriCorps Outdoor Adventure Program* (Midcoast Conservancy), Edgecomb: $60,061/four members

– Colby College Maine Rural AmeriCorps* (President and Trustees of Colby College), Waterville: $30,384/two members

– First4 AmeriCorps (Kennebec Valley Community Action Program/Educare Central Maine): $152,209/15 members

– I Know ME AmeriCorps Mentoring Program* (Maine Youth Alliance/the Game Loft), Belfast: $30,292/two members

– Seeds of Hope AmeriCorps* (Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center), Biddeford: $29,772/two members

– Skowhegan AmeriCorps Outdoor Recreation Program* (Maine Street Skowhegan), Skowhegan: $45,575/three members

– Trekkers AmeriCorps Community Outreach* (Trekkers, Inc.), Thomaston: $30,305/two members

Earlier this year, MCCS recommended four applications to the federal AmeriCorps competition for funding consideration by CNCS. All four organizations were successful in this two-tiered grant competition. State commissions, tribes, and multi-state programs participate in the competitive grant cycle.

2019 AmeriCorps Competitive Grant awards

(Award winners listed by program name followed by grantee in brackets.)

– LearningWorks AIMS HIGH (LearningWorks), Portland: $287,259/52 members

– Maine Dept. of Agriculture/Maine Conservation Corps, Augusta: $660,224/109 members

– Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship (University of Southern Maine/Maine Campus Compact), Portland: $177,893/38 members

– Maine RecoveryCorps Program (Healthy Acadia), Ellsworth: $283,768/30 members

For more information on current Maine AmeriCorps programs, click the link to view the National Service portion of the MCCS website.