Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana has received $688,526 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to fund three AmeriCorps state programs.
“AmeriCorps members are critical to the fabric of our communities,” said Governor Bullock. “I know these leaders will strive to do good for others and make a meaningful difference in the lives of Montanans. I look forward to all they will accomplish for this great state.”
The Governor’s Office of Community Service will receive the funding, then distribute it through grants to the following organizations
- 100 Fold Corps $109,370; 22 members; $89,998 in matching funds
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 $373,006; 66 members; $132,652 in matching funds
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 $206,150; 14 members; $147,075 in matching funds
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 through this formula grant cycle will engage 102 members who will serve over 81,000 hours cumulatively in Montana. They will also garner at least $369,725 in local support to supplement their programs. The AmeriCorps members serving with these three programs will also be eligible to receive $284,278 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards.
Last week, it was announced that Montana ranks sixth in the nation for enrolling AmeriCorps members per capita.
In June, Governor Bullock and Senator Tester announced over $3 million in AmeriCorps funding to support five sponsoring programs in Montana through the 2018 AmeriCorps competitive grants.
Since 1994, more than 10,000 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.
The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes National Service and community volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in diverse service activities meant to benefit people and landscapes. To learn more, visit serve.mt.gov.