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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

News - AmeriCorps State Funding Available for FY2013-2014

Contact:   LaDawn Stoddard, Program Manager
Utah Commission on Volunteers (801) 715-6716
Geoffrey Fattah, Public Information Officer
Department of Community & Culture (801) 386-4755

AmeriCorps State Funding Available for FY2013-2014
(Salt Lake City) The Utah Commission on Volunteers announces the availability of AmeriCorps State funding for Program Year 2013 ? 2014 to eligible organizations in Utah. The purpose of these grants is to establish AmeriCorps programs in local communities focusing on needs in the key objective areas of education, healthy futures, environmental stewardship, veterans, economic opportunity, and disaster services.

AmeriCorps is a national service network that provides full- and less than full-time opportunities for participants, to serve their communities and build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to meet local environmental, educational, public safety, homeland security, or other human needs. Within these issue areas, programs may submit proposals that address specific problems of local communities. Program operation for this funding cycle will begin in fall 2013.

The application process will be explained in detail in mandatory AmeriCorps Funding Technical Assistance Meetings. Those interested in applying must attend one meeting held September 25-October 5 at locations throughout the state. For more information about meeting locations and dates, please visit www.volunteers.utah.gov.

In order to maximize the impact of the investment in national service in Utah, the Commission on Volunteers is seeking to fund programs that can demonstrate community impact and solve community problems through an evidence-based approach (e.g. performance data, research, theory of change).

?AmeriCorps programs are improving the lives of citizens and making a powerful impact on the toughest challenges facing our state,? said LaDawn Stoddard, at the Utah Commission on Volunteers. ?AmeriCorps members and the volunteers they manage are an indispensable resource to nonprofit and government leaders at a time of social need and fiscal constraint.?

The national public/private partnership supporting AmeriCorps is the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS receives AmeriCorps program funding from Congress and awards funding to state service commissions and organizations, such as the Utah Commission on Volunteers, to grant and oversee AmeriCorps programs in their state.

For additional information or technical assistance regarding this Notice of Funding Availability, please contact LaDawn Stoddard at ldstoddard@utah.gov or 801-715-6716.

The mission of the Utah Commission on Volunteers, an office of the Lieutenant Governor, is to improve communities through service and volunteering. For more information on the Commission on Volunteers, and various volunteering opportunities across the state, log onto www.volunteers.utah.gov.

Amanda McDonald
Program Specialist
Utah Commission on Volunteers
Office of Lieutenant Governor
250 North 1950 West, Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
P: 801-715-6717

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