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AmeriCorps Funding Availability Announced

July 1st, 2008

AUGUSTA -- The Maine Commission for Community Service announces the grant competition for Maine’s portion of AmeriCorps dollars. Organizations or collaborations interested in addressing a community need that can provide placement for twenty AmeriCorps members are encouraged to contact Pam Zeutenhorst. Zeutenhorst will be facilitating a series of conversations in July to help those interested to asses the feasibility of submitting an application.

AmeriCorps is a national service program, which engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in community service to meet critical needs in the areas of public safety, education, homeland security, environment, and unmet human needs. Eligible applicants include: community-based organizations, units of government, Native American Tribal governments, public or private nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education and local schools.

The Maine Commission for Community Service, created to foster volunteerism and community service to meet human and environmental needs in the state, has been the funder for AmeriCorps programs for 15 years. It administers grant funds for AmeriCorps programs statewide. The Commission also provides training and technical assistance to state national service programs including AmeriCorps programs. For more information about AmeriCorps, contact the Maine Commission for Community Service or visit www.americorps.gov.