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AmeriCorps Grant to Engage Maine Residents in Intensive Service to Meet Local Needs

June 1st, 2011

Augusta– The Maine Commission for Community Service announced today that the Maine Conservation Corps received AmeriCorps grant funds from the Corporation for National and Community Service.  The grant will support more than 40 AmeriCorps members across the state that will provide environmental education to students and maintain trail systems across Maine.

The Maine Commission for Community Service will distribute more than $390,000 in funding to the Maine Conservation Corps who was selected in a highly competitive national process. In the fall the Maine Commission for Community Service will announce additional AmeriCorps grants supported by AmeriCorps formula funding. 

The current year’s AmeriCorps grant cycle was highly competitive, due to the strong and growing demand by organizations seeking AmeriCorps resources.  Organizations requested nearly twice the number of grant dollars and AmeriCorps positions than could be funded. 

“I congratulate this year’s grantees for rising to the top in a highly competitive year,” said John Gomperts, Director of AmeriCorps.  “These organizations will increase their reach and impact on meeting local needs through the infusion of dedicated AmeriCorps members.”

The grants focus AmeriCorps resources on six key areas: strengthening education, fostering economic opportunity, preparing for and responding to disasters, improving health, meeting environmental and energy efficiency needs, and assisting veterans and military families.

Since 1994, more than 700,000 Americans have provided more than 860 million hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps.  In Maine, more than 8,800 people participate in national service each year through 36 national service projects and programs.

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer and service communities by funding programs, developing managers of volunteers and service-learning practitioners, raising awareness of sector issues, and promoting service as a strategy.  To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service visit our web-site at www.maineservicecommission.gov.

AmeriCorps is a national service program administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service that engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet critical needs. Members tutor and mentor youth, expand health services, build affordable housing, run after-school programs, support veterans, help communities respond to disasters, and recruit and train volunteers. Interested individuals can learn about available opportunities and apply online by visiting AmeriCorps.gov.