The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) acknowledged today proof of commitment to Kentucky communities from AmeriCorps, a national service program administered by Serve Kentucky, a CHFS agency. Twenty-two AmeriCorps-funded grants will provide more than $8.1 million in federal funding in Kentucky.
Gov. Andy Beshear said, “Through the support of AmeriCorps, Kentucky’s commitment to service will be significantly boosted. As we continue to recover from the pandemic, AmeriCorps members and volunteers are even more crucial, and this commitment from AmeriCorps will help us continue to make positive impact in our communities.”
The grant funding is provided by AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and community volunteerism. Funding will impact efforts in Kentucky ranging from utility assistance, to housing needs, to clothing and food to those in need, to tutoring, mentoring, teaching and other educational services for all grade levels and post-secondary, to helping to address social needs at senior centers, senior living facilities and hospice facilities.
Every year, 75,000 AmeriCorps members serve through thousands of nonprofit, community and faith-based organizations across the country. These citizens have played a critical role in the recovery of communities affected by disasters and helped thousands of first-generation college students access higher education. AmeriCorps brings people together to tackle the county’s most pressing challenges. Since the agency’s inception in 1994, nearly 1.2 million AmeriCorps members have served the nation.
Kentucky received more than $5.3 million in national competitive grant funding for nine AmeriCorps programs along with $2.8 million in formula grant funding to support additional state programs. Serve Kentucky awarded grants to 12 additional programs based on this state-allocated funding. AmeriCorps program sponsors are also contributing nearly $7 million in local funding matches. The AmeriCorps federal agency will make available more than $4 million in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards. After completing a full term of service, members are eligible for $6,345 for college, postsecondary education or to pay back student loans.
For the past year, thousands of AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors members across all 50 states and U.S. territories have continued their service, quickly adapting to meet the changing needs caused by the pandemic. Dedicated members have persisted to support communities as they respond and recover from the impact of COVID-19, developing new ways to deliver the same services to keep both themselves and those they serve safe.
The recently passed American Rescue Plan includes an additional $1 billion for AmeriCorps. The federal agency will use this investment to expand national service programs into new communities and increase the opportunity for all Americans to serve their country.
CHFS Secretary Eric Friedlander praised AmeriCorps for its support. Program funding, he noted, impacts Kentucky’s quest to build more resilient communities. Friedlander said, “As Team Kentucky moves forward with building a better commonwealth following the pandemic, the programs supported by Serve Kentucky and AmeriCorps will play a significant role in making Kentuckians and the places they live more resilient and ready for a brighter future.”
Serve Kentucky Executive Director Joe Bringardner said that AmeriCorps funding helps provide services to aging Kentuckians, disaster relief, K-12 tutoring and mentoring, college readiness support, financial literacy, housing assistance, environmental education, and food support services across the commonwealth. He said, "AmeriCorps members use their talents, their vision and their boundless energy to establish immediate and long-lasting change in Kentucky.”
AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations which galvanize members to strengthen communities. This is done through faith-based and nonprofit organizations; educational institutions; local government entities, and state agencies.
Friedlander said AmeriCorps expands educational and economic opportunities across the state while it helps communities meet local needs.
Including additional match funding and educational grants, AmeriCorps programs will result in a $19.1 million investment in Kentucky. This funding will continue to build workforce and community resources, while addressing many critical needs across the commonwealth.
Learn more about Serve Kentucky and AmeriCorps at, www.serve.ky.gov, or by calling, (502) 564-7420.
Local recipients included:
Christian Appalachian Project
AmeriCorps members provide housing development and repair, emergency utility and crisis assistance, hunger relief,
affordable clothing, preschool, in-school, after-school and summer education, teen leadership development,
companionship and transportation for the elderly and individuals with disabilities, disaster relief and volunteer generation
and support in or for residents in the service locations. (Economic Opportunity, Education and Healthy Futures)
Service Locations: Jackson, Rockcastle, McCreary, Owsley, Magoffin, Johnson, Floyd, Knott, Pike, Clay and Martin counties
Member Positions: 88 part-time
Fiscal Agent: Christian Appalachian Project
Federal Funds: $398,706
Economic Empowerment Corps
AmeriCorps members provide economic opportunity services, such as financial education, individual financial counseling and case management services, to domestic violence survivors at KCADV’s member programs and other community partners across the state. (Economic Opportunity)
Service Locations: Boyd, Christian, Daviess, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Hardin, Jefferson, Kenton, Laurel, Mason, McCracken, Perry, Pulaski, Rowan and Warren counties
Member Positions: 21 full-time
Fiscal Agent: Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV)
Federal Funds: $303,840
Family Resource and Youth Services Centers (FRYSC) Corps
AmeriCorps members provide literacy tutoring and address food insecurity in economically disadvantaged schools in Central and Eastern Kentucky. (Education)
Service Locations: Boyd, Ballard, Barren, Bullitt, Carroll, Casey, Crittenden, Daviess, Estill, Fayette, Fleming, Gallatin, Harlan, Johnson, Kenton, Laurel, Madison, McCreary, Pulaski, Taylor, Webster and Whitley counties
Member Positions: 44 full- and part-time
Fiscal Agent: Ohio Valley Education Cooperative
Federal Funds: $452,329
Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky
AmeriCorps members will serve as peer leaders and mentors in Hazard Community and Technical College, Southeast Community and Technical College, and Big Sandy Community and Technical College. (Education)
Service Locations: Harlan, Floyd and Perry counties
Member Positions: 18 part-time
Fiscal Agent: Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky
Federal Funds: $151,174
Kentucky College Coaches
AmeriCorps members coach and mentor high school and college students. These activities will take place in 50 high schools and Area Technology Centers and 6 higher education institutions throughout the state of Kentucky. (Education)
Service Locations: Adair, Anderson, Bell, Boyd, Boyle, Breckenridge, Bullitt, Calloway, Carter, Casey, Christian, Edmonson, Fayette, Fleming, Floyd, Gallatin, Grant, Greenup Hardin, Hart, Jefferson, Kenton, Knox, LaRue, Marion, McCracken, McCreary, Meade, Muhlenberg, Nicholas, Ohio, Pike, Powell, Union, Warren and Whitley counties
Member Positions: 1 part-time
Fiscal Agent: Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation
Federal Funds: $804,210
Kentucky Counselor Academy
AmeriCorps members will provide college access and student success training, coaching, and networking for professionals
and pre-professionals in high schools, Area Technology Centers, and colleges/universities statewide in Kentucky.
Service Locations: Boyd, Calloway, Campbell, Fayette, Madison, Perry, Shelby and Warren counties
Member Positions: 16 part-time
Program Contact: Gayle Hilleke
Fiscal Agent: Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation
Federal Funds: $106,972
Kentucky Conservation Corps (Planning Grant)
Southeast Conservation Corps, a program of Conservation Legacy, proposes to utilize a Kentucky AmeriCorps Planning Grant to explore opportunities for the future utilization of AmeriCorps members to address conservation of public lands and disaster response throughout the state of Kentucky. (Disaster Services)
Fiscal Agent: Conservation Legacy
Federal Funds: $46,958
KY READY Corps
AmeriCorps members identify and provide direct assistance to individuals and groups vulnerable to disasters and conduct disaster planning with a focus on vulnerable individuals and groups in communities across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. (Disaster Services)
Service Locations: Campbell, Daviess, Fayette, Garrard, Madison, Metcalfe, Nelson, Pike, Scott and Warren counties
Member Positions: 60 part-time
Fiscal Agent: Eastern Kentucky University
Federal Funds: $263,411
Partners for Education (PFE) AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps members mentor and tutor students in rural Kentucky counties. (Education)
Service Locations: Bell, Knox, Leslie and Perry counties
Member Positions: 80 full-time
Fiscal Agent: Partners for Education at Berea College
Federal Funds: $1,215,360
AmeriCorps members provide tutoring and other intervention services in public school classrooms and community-based settings for students in grades K-12 with one or more dyslexia indicators in three Eastern Kentucky counties. (Education)
Service Locations: Knott, Perry and Leslie counties
Member Positions: 40 full-time
Fiscal Agent: Hindman Settlement School
Federal Funds: $619,139
Teach For America - Appalachia
Professional Corps AmeriCorps members are responsible for teaching for two years in low-income and under resourced schools. (Education)
Service Locations: Floyd, Harlan, Kenton, Knott, Knox, Letcher, Martin and Menifee counties
Member Positions: 30 full-time
Fiscal Agent: Teach For America
Federal Funds: $26,250
UNITE Service Corps
AmeriCorps members tutor students in mathematics, teach "Too Good for Drugs" drug prevention curriculum and sponsor UNITE drug prevention clubs in Eastern Kentucky schools. (Education and Healthy Futures)
Service Locations: Boyd, Carter, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Laurel, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Morgan, Owsley, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Whitley and Wolfe counties
Member Positions: 54 full-time
Fiscal Agent: Operation UNITE
Federal Funds: $820,363