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State Service Commission Awards More Than $2.3 Million in AmeriCorps Grants to Support South Carolina Communities

For Immediate Release
July 30, 2015

State Service Commission Awards More Than $2.3 Million in AmeriCorps Grants to Support South Carolina Communities

To tackle many critical socioeconomic, education and health challenges across the state, the South Carolina Commission on National and Community Service today announced that the Palmetto State has received $1,923,934 in AmeriCorps funding which will help engage more than 11,000 students in academic programming and serve almost 8,000 low-income families.

The Corporation for National and Community Service provides the funding to support more than 500 AmeriCorps members who will serve 12 South Carolina organizations for a combined 544,575 hours over the course of the year. This year, the SC Commission will continue to focus on service programs that improve academic outcomes for children, youth and young adults. This focus reflects the extensive experience and past success of national service programs in education, and aligns with the efforts of the SC Commission. 

“The AmeriCorps grant competition allows organizations in South Carolina to propose programs with innovative ideas to help meet community needs and promote service. The proposals from the competition undergo a rigorous, multi-step review and the top-ranked proposals are granted funding to host an AmeriCorps Program,” said Missy Santorum, SC Service Commission Chair. “AmeriCorps members will tackle many critical challenges in the state and their service will include tutoring students in order to improve reading and writing scores, assisting veterans to gain marketable job skills and helping families to achieve financial stability through a number of programs and services. We believe that these are all vital to improving the overall well-being of our local communities,” said Santorum.

A highly competitive grant cycle, this year’s award recipients represent 31 local communities, two universities, and 13 nonprofits serving to meet local economic, environmental and educational needs. Many of the grantees have additional organizational partners that will assist to further develop and enhance program offerings and volunteer and community service.

The law creating AmeriCorps gave a key role to states in determining how AmeriCorps resources are used to promote service and volunteering to meet community needs. The funding will be granted to the United Way Association of South Carolina, the governor-appointed state service commission, which in turn will award grants to nonprofit organizations and public agencies across the state.

As always, the competition prioritized investments in economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families.

Below is a listing of the organizations in South Carolina that will receive AmeriCorps grants:

·       Edgefield Schools Management

·       City Year - Columbia

·       Communities in Schools of the Midlands

·       Claflin University

·       Teach For America

·       The Sustainability Institute

·       Palmetto Conservation Foundation

·       United Way of the Piedmont

·       United Way of the Lowcountry

·       Georgetown County United Way

·       United Way of Greenville County

·       United Way of Anderson County

·       United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties

·       Trident United Way

·       University of South Carolina - Aiken

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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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