We are happy to announce $17.5 million in Corporation for National and Community Service federal grants to place 1,671 AmeriCorps Members in 39 programs to serve Illinois communities. This is an increase of $1.9 million over last year, allowing AmeriCorps Members to serve in 20 additional counties. These awards include $6.4 million in education awards that AmeriCorps Members can use to pay for college after their term of service. AmeriCorps programs will match these funds with an additional $15.9 million in local funding.
These federal grants will be used for services in Illinois, including tutoring and mentoring at-risk youth, preparing communities to respond effectively to emergencies, feeding those in need, providing legal support services, assisting incarcerated individuals re-enter into their communities, promoting environmental stewardship, supporting veterans, and improving youth and adult literacy.
Since 1994, 39,000 people have served 55 million hours in Illinois through AmeriCorps. Those hours equal more than $1.4 billion in community impact. AmeriCorps Members have also earned $131.7 million in education awards.
What Does National Service Mean to Illinois?
Across Illinois members of AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs serve their communities and "Get Things Done" for America!