AmeriCorps Grants to Engage Maine Residents in Intensive Service to Meet Local Needs
Published June 9, 2011
The Maine Commission for Community Service announced 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.
Goodwill Industries of Northern New England also received AmeriCorps grant funds from the Corporation for National and Community Service totaling $790,000. The grant will support more than 90 AmeriCorps members in two programs, the Emergency Response Corps and the Great Strides Rural Education Corps, across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
"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. Learn more about Maine AmeriCorps Programs.