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Begich Announces $510,000 in AmeriCorps Grants for Alaska

U.S. Senator Mark Begich announced $510,000 in AmeriCorps grants to be awarded to nonprofit organizations in Alaska to support AmeriCorps members around the state.

“Americans are committed to serving their communities more than ever, and hundreds of Alaskans have answered the call to service,” said Sen. Begich.  “I want to thank all those who have served in AmeriCorps and the organizations that have made their service possible.”

The following is a list of grant-funded proposals:

Joining Community Forces AmeriCorps- Alaska National Guard Family Program, $49,400

  • Four AmeriCorps members will survey veterans and military family members and research local, state, and national resources that will address the needs identified in the survey. The members will create a registry of community partners to foster a sustainable network of support for the veterans and family members of Alaska.
  • In addition to this grant, $22,200 in college scholarships has been set aside for these members upon the successful completion of their terms of service.

Rural Alaska Village Environmental Network- Rural Alaska Community Action Program, $266,000

  • 20 AmeriCorps members will work to improve solid waste management systems in poor, rural communities throughout the state of Alaska. The members will conduct environmental and waste management outreach while recruiting 750 volunteers each year to preserve the environment and to preserve the safety of the Native subsistence cultural traditions in Alaska, resulting in improved health and community systems.
  • In addition to this grant:
    • $111,000 in college scholarships has been set aside for these members upon the successful completion of their terms of service.
    • $160,546 in local investment has also been secured by Partners for Community Development to support this work.

BIRCH Fixed Award-Rural Alaska Community Action Program, $195,000

  • 15 AmeriCorps members will serve their own predominatley Alaska Native communities by helping local wellness coalitions to plan, implement, evaluate and reflect on service projects which build youth resiliency and prevent substance abuse and suicide in youth ages 12 to 18. Service activities include connecting youth to culture and supportive adult relationships; engaging youth and community volunteers in meaningful, youth-led service activities; and building youth skills through peer education or leadership training.
  • In addition to this grant $83,250 in college scholarships has been set aside for these members upon the successful completion of their terms of service.

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