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Volunteer Maine gives $480K to seven AmeriCorps programs

Rockland and Belfast community programs among winners
Jun 19, 2020

Volunteer Maine, the state service commission, approved funding of seven Maine-centered AmeriCorps programs with a total of $480,572, using money provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

These initiatives will be bolstered by an additional $436,471 in local funds and in-kind contributions. The seven organizations which achieved the AmeriCorps Formula Grant are awarded to states each year based on population.

Volunteer Maine Commissioners approved a new AmeriCorps grant to the University of Southern Maine’s Campus Compact Maine in Lewiston. The service project will have 26 AmeriCorps members serve to increase energy efficiency and cost savings for economically disadvantaged populations and community organizations. The Commission awarded a three-year grant to the project, with $158,000 of funding for the first year.

The other six service projects were allocated funds from previously-awarded grants to continue operating. Service projects receive three-year grants, and after an initial year of funding, must compete to finance the second and third years of their AmeriCorps project.

Five of the seven community organizations applied for funds through the Maine Rural State AmeriCorps Grant Initiative. This grant design allows organizations in rural states, such as Maine, to scale their programs down to a size appropriate for the community and host two to five members instead.

Local Midcoast AmeriCorps programs that were awarded the 2020-21 AmeriCorps Formula Grant include The Game Loft (Maine Youth Alliance) in Belfast, with two new members and $30,683, and Trekkers Inc. in Rockland with two new members and $30,678.

Other programs around Maine include Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center in Biddeford, Maine Street Skowhegan, the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program/Educare Central Maine in Waterville, and Colby College in Waterville.

New grant funding will also allow AmeriCorps service projects in Maine to recruit 53 new service members for the 2020-21 program year. These awarded funds will bolster projects in youth mentorship, K-12 education support and poverty outreach throughout the state.

Volunteer Maine, the state service commission, builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing volunteer managers and service-learning practitioners, raising awareness of the scope and the impact of the volunteer sector, and encouraging an ethic of service. On Oct. 16, 2019, the Maine Commission for Community Service adopted the public identity Volunteer Maine. Visit MaineServiceCommission.gov to learn more.

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