Funding will support 23 programs and more than 6,000 AmeriCorps members in Massachusetts
Washington (June 6, 2022) – U.S. Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representatives Richard E. Neal (MA-01), James P. McGovern (MA-02), Stephen F. Lynch ( MA-08), Bill Keating (MA-09), Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark (MA-05), Seth Moulton (MA-06), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Lori Trahan (MA-03) and Jake Auchincloss (MA-04) today announced that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will receive $59,973,651 million in state and national funding for fiscal year 2022, including grants and scholarships, from AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism.
The funding will support approximately 6,110 AmeriCorps members in 23 programs working to address issues in Massachusetts, including early childhood education, conservation and housing.
The Massachusetts Service Alliance, the state service commission appointed by the Governor, will also receive $3,274,515 in formula funding, which will in turn be awarded to Massachusetts organizations to support other AmeriCorps members in the coming months.
“As a champion of the Civilian Climate Corps and a supporter of a diverse, well-paying AmeriCorps program, I applaud the nearly $60 million in new AmeriCorps funding for Massachusetts,” said Senator Edward J. Markey. “We can and must continue to fight for fair pay for Corps members, who do essential work in their communities to address our key national and state challenges: COVID-19, the climate crisis and economic uncertainty. Working in a service corps and being trained for clean energy careers should be an option for people from all walks of life, and I will continue to fight for an investment in this program of the scale and reach that we we need.
“I am grateful to the members of AmeriCorps who are ready to fight to make our communities, the Commonwealth and our country a better place,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren. “Funding of nearly $60 million will help thousands of AmeriCorps members pursue their passion for public service in our communities.”
“AmeriCorps volunteers represent the best of our community,” said Congressman Richard E. Neal. “The program helps organizations across our state and country improve the lives and livelihoods of people from all walks of life. This funding will ensure that more lives are touched by their tremendous service.
“I am thrilled to see incredible Second District organizations such as DIAL/SELF and Clark University receive these critical grants that will help support AmeriCorps members who will foster positive youth development, improve student academic engagement , develop equitable and culturally appropriate teaching practices. , and supporting job readiness and economic self-sufficiency,” said President Jim McGovern. “These are vital grants that will make a real difference in our community, and I’m proud that our delegation strongly supported the US bailout that helped secure and expand this funding.”
“Since its inception in 1993, AmeriCorps has engaged hundreds of thousands of Americans each year in productive national service, and its programming has improved the lives of countless others,” said Congressman Stephen Lynch. “This investment from the FY22 AmeriCorps State and National Grant Competition will be leveraged in the Eighth Congressional District, where I am pleased to announce $6 million will be allocated to key education and public health programs by Jumpstart for Young Children and United Way of Massachusetts Bay.
“AmeriCorps members make an impact every day in our Commonwealth, and I welcome the announcement of this funding of nearly $60 million,” said Congressman Bill Keating. “In Southeast Massachusetts, we have seen firsthand the work AmeriCorps members are doing in our communities through AmeriCorps Massachusetts legal attorneys at Southern Coastal Counties Legal Departments and the AmeriCorps Program Cape Cod operated by Barnstable County I look forward to continuing to join my colleagues in the Massachusetts delegation in supporting AmeriCorps to ensure the continued success of programs like these across the Commonwealth.
“For more than 50 years, AmeriCorps has connected young people to service opportunities across the country, improving lives, strengthening communities and fostering civic engagement. I am thrilled to announce that Massachusetts will receive nearly $60 million in funding from AmeriCorps – we are committed to meeting this moment of historic challenge with historic action and investing in the volunteers and service work of AmeriCorps is an important part of our recovery,” said Deputy Chair Katherine Clark.
“National service not only makes America stronger, it builds character and a sense of purpose along the way. My own service as a Marine has shaped who I am today,” said Congressman Moulton. “But national service is not just about joining the army. AmeriCorps offers all Americans an opportunity to make our country better in different ways. I am thrilled that Massachusetts is receiving nearly $60 million in funding from AmeriCorps. Every dollar spent will benefit our community for years to come.
“The AmeriCorps grant will allow the Commonwealth to continue its long tradition of service and volunteerism,” said MP Ayanna Pressley. “From Somerville to Boston, this valuable funding will help 7th Massachusetts fight educational inequality and uplift our neighbors in the community and across the country. I am proud to join my colleagues from the Massachusetts delegation in handing over these funds.
“Massachusetts has a strong tradition of young adults stepping up to serve their communities. This grant from AmeriCorps will allow many organizations across the Commonwealth to continue to promote local community service,” said MP Lori Trahan. “I am thrilled that some of this funding is once again going to TerraCorps, a Lowell-based organization that supports land trusts, urban agriculture, and food justice nonprofits. Programs like these engage our communities in environmentally responsible practices and are essential to preserving our environment for future generations.”
19 grants will support organizations operating in Massachusetts, including:
- $332,640 to The Student Conservation Association, Inc. in Rowe, MA
- $907,200 to the Literacy Lab in Springfield, MA
- $519,067 to Springfield College in Springfield, MA
- $481,487 to Franklin County DIAL SELL INC. in Greenfield, MA
- $686,807 to Trustees of Clark University in Worcester, MA
- $1,036,800 to TerraCorps, Inc. in Lowell, MA
- $777,600 to South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. in Fall River, MA
- $222,700 to Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Inc. in Boston, MA
- $777,600 to Boston University (College Advising Corps – BU) in Boston, MA
- $777,600 to BPE, Inc. in Boston, MA
- $6,480,000 to City Year, Inc. in Boston, MA
- $648,000 to Match School Foundation, Inc. in Boston, MA
- $651,427 to Northeastern University in Boston, MA
- $604,811 to Playworks Educations Energized in Boston, MA
- $387,351 to Tenacity, Inc. in Boston, MA
- $324,000 826 Boston, Inc. in Roxbury, MA
- $1,685,595 to Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc. in Boston, MA
- $539,847 to United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Inc. in Boston, MA
- $499,999 to Barnstable County in Barnstable, MA
4 grants will go to national organizations based in Massachusetts that operate across the country, including:
- $6,048,000 to SAGA Innovations, Inc. in Newton, MA
- $17,625,600 City Year, Inc. in Boston, MA
- $10,933,738 to YouthBuild USA, Inc. in Somerville, MA
- $3,751,267 to Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc. in Boston, MA
These state and national grants from AmeriCorps and new AmeriCorps members will help prepare students for college, revitalize cities, connect veterans to jobs, fight the opioid epidemic, rebuild communities after disasters, preserve public lands, strengthen education, foster economic opportunity, and more. They will join the more than 1.1 million AmeriCorps members who have served since the program’s inception in 1994, earning nearly $4 billion in scholarships.
The funding includes up to $18,925,660 million in scholarships for AmeriCorps members. After a period of full service, members may receive a Segal AmeriCorps Scholarship of approximately $6,500 toward tuition at eligible schools and certain GI Bill-approved educational programs for veterans, or reimbursement of a student loan.