Governor Bullock Announces AmeriCorps Grants to Montana Organizations

340 AmeriCorps members to meet local and state needs

HELENA, MT- Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana has received $2,993,256 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

The total funding amount will be granted to the Montana Commission on Community Service, the Governor-appointed state service commission, which in turn will award the grants to nonprofit organizations and public agencies across the state.

“AmeriCorps members serve as dedicated leaders throughout Montana and remain part of the solution to many of the challenges facing our state,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “I look forward to the work of these outstanding organizations in meeting local needs and strengthening communities by increasing access to justice, connecting kids to healthy food, serving as stewards of the land through hands-on conservation, enriching educational opportunities, and much, much more.”

The 2015 AmeriCorps competitive grants will support 340 AmeriCorps members who will be deployed into service across the state by four sponsoring organizations:

    • FoodCorps, Inc., FoodCorps Montana, $127,130.00, 11 members: AmeriCorps members will connect children to healthy food through nutrition education, school gardens, and improved school lunch offerings resulting in children’s improved attitudes towards trying new fruits and vegetables. The program will serve multiple communities in Montana
    • Montana Conservation Corps, Inc., $1,872,000.00, 291 members: AmeriCorps members will protect at-risk ecosystems and improve natural resources on public lands and in communities across Montana, and connected ecosystems in Idaho, Wyoming, North and South Dakota.
    • Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Montana State Parks AmeriCorps, $167,161.00, 20 members: AmeriCorps members will promote healthy, active and environmentally aware communities by improving the condition of state park lands, enriching educational opportunities, building volunteer capacity, and strengthening community outreach through service in state parks across Montana.
    • Montana Legal Services Association, Justice for Montanans Project, $226,965.00, 18 members: AmeriCorps members will serve as navigators of the justice system to help low income residents of Montana find the legal information and resources needed to resolve legal problems. Members will recruit and support volunteers to gain knowledge of the legal system and know and exercise their legal rights and responsibilities resulting in low income citizens receiving the intended benefits of our laws. The members will be located in the cities of Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula, but will provide services statewide through circuit rides, telephone and web based services.

CNCS will make available $1,122,409 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants. After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members receive an award of $5,730 that they can use to pay for college or to pay off qualified student loans.

Included in the total, is $600,000 in funding to the Montana Commission on Community Service to support additional AmeriCorps grants to organizations in Montana being made later this summer.

The current year’s AmeriCorps grant cycle was highly competitive, due to the strong demand by organizations seeking AmeriCorps resources. The 2015 competition prioritized investments in economic opportunity, environmental stewardship, education, veterans and military families, and disaster services.

AmeriCorps engages 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 25,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.

Since 1994, more than 900,000 Americans have provided more than 1 billion hours of service addressing critical challenges from poverty and hunger to disasters and the dropout crisis.  In Montana, more than 8,800 AmeriCorps members have served 8.5 million hours and earned more than $20,020,000 in education awards.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes National Service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness. Visit serve.mt.gov.

AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.

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