AmeriCorps Receives $1B in Additional Investment
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is an unprecedented effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and respond to the public health, education, and economic crisis caused by the pandemic. It includes measures to deliver immediate relief to American families, fund a national vaccination program, provide aid for small businesses struggling to keep their doors open, cut child poverty in half, reopen schools, and help parents get back to work.
The American Rescue Plan also contains $1 billion for AmeriCorps and many of its programs, with top line numbers as follows:
- $620M for AmeriCorps State and National
- $80M for AmeriCorps VISTA
- $30M for AmeriCorps Seniors
- $20M for the Volunteer Generation Fund
- $20M for State Service Commissions
- $73M for AmeriCorps Administrative Expenses
- $148M for the National Service Trust
- $9M for the Inspector General
This funding will position the agency to make significant, targeted investments to further support the Administration’s top priority to provide immediate relief related to the pandemic, with a specific focus on support for underserved and disproportionately impacted communities.
The bill proposes an increase to the AmeriCorps living allowance to make service more accessible and inclusive, increase the diversity, cultural experiences, and number of AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serving in communities across the country, and to help stabilize existing national service programs and expand into new communities.
Samantha Jo Warfield
Statement from Acting CEO Mal Coles on the Signing of the American Rescue Plan
The American people were promised that “help is on the way,” and this historic legislation means that some of that help will be wearing an AmeriCorps “A.” The hundreds of thousands of AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors members who are helping today, will be ready to help tomorrow.
At a time of unprecedented need, we have not only the opportunity, but also the responsibility, to deliver solutions for the families and communities struggling across the United States, with the urgency and boldness that the moment requires.
National service is being called upon to demonstrate what communities forged in compassion can bring to bear. This is a commitment we know well. For a quarter century, when communities in crisis have called, AmeriCorps has answered.
While the road ahead is long and tough, AmeriCorps is ready to “get things done.” I am confident that, together, we will rise to meet this challenge.
We realize you may have many questions. We are working diligently to prioritize these important funds, and ensure that we continue to deliver a high return on investment to underserved communities, befitting of the American public’s trust in us. We expect to issue initial guidance as to how this historic investment will be implemented soon. Check back for more details.
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