Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana has received $581,922 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to assist three AmeriCorps state programs with providing services to Montanans across the state.
“From ensuring students are college ready to boosting opportunities in Eastern Montana and encouraging the success of our nonprofits, these AmeriCorps programs and the members who serve with them are invaluable to our local communities,” Governor Bullock said. “I look forward to watching these programs make a real difference in the lives of Montanans.”
The Governor’s Office of Community Service will receive the funding, then distribute it through grants to nonprofit organizations and public agencies across the state. The Montana programs receiving funding are:
- 100 Fold Corps $101,302; 20 members
100 Fold Corps is a nonprofit architecture firm that trains architecture graduates to provide innovative and affordable services to charitable organizations around the world. Members will serve by providing nonprofits with conceptual designs, drawings, construction documents and more for facility improvement meant to help improve efficiency and save money: www.100foldstudio.org
- Montana Campus Compact AmeriCorps $286,729; 57 members
AmeriCorps members serving with Montana Campus Compact help low income and first generation Montanans navigate their way through higher education. Members assist with managing finances, applications, and more, while also engaging volunteers and community leaders in projects that support college readiness: www.mtcompact.org
- Community in Action Corps $193,891; 16 members
The Community in Action Corps addresses needs in Eastern Montana communities affected by the oil boom. Specifically, the program focuses on workforce development, access to healthy food, and mental health issues like suicide prevention by engaging partners in the community and encouraging local volunteerism to increase collaboration and promote a better quality of life in Eastern Montana. http://www.richland.org/index.aspx?nid=320
Together, the three AmeriCorps programs receiving funding this grant cycle will engage 93 members who will serve over 74,000 hours cumulatively in Montana. They will also garner at least $410,261 in local support to supplement their programs.
Annually, AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 members in service through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at more than 21,600 unique locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of community volunteers for the organizations they serve.
Since 1994, more than 9,300 AmeriCorps members in Montana have served over 9.1 million hours, qualifying for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards worth more than a combined $21.7 million. More Montanans enroll in AmeriCorps per capita than residents of any other state.
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. To learn more, visit www.NationalService.gov.
The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes National Service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in diverse service activities meant to benefit people and landscapes. To learn more, visit serve.mt.gov.