AmeriCorps is often referred to as the domestic version of the Peace Corps. The program connects organizations with individuals who are committed to addressing community needs. AmeriCorps New York members serve throughout the Empire State and many receive benefits such as a living allowance, health care coverage, and child care assistance. Also, after successfully completing a term of service, an AmeriCorps member earns an education award which can be used to pay for higher education expenses including loans, and, in some cases, the higher education expenses of children or grandchildren.
The following types of organizations are eligible to apply for AmeriCorps New York funding:
- Not-for-profit or community-based organization (must be 501(c)(3))
- Public agency
- Local government
- Educational institution
- Labor organization
- Indian Tribe
AmeriCorps Focus Areas
Disaster Services grants help individuals and communities prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate disasters.
Economic Opportunity grants provide services and resources that improve the economic well-being of economically disadvantaged people.
Education grants provide services and resources to improve the educational outcomes of economically disadvantaged people, especially children.
Environmental Stewardship grants provide opportunities to train others in conservation, reconnect people to the outdoors, support science-based conservation strategies, increase renewable energy use, and improve the environment.
Healthy Futures grants meet community health care needs such as access to care, aging in place, substance abuse, and obesity.
Veterans and Military Families
Veterans and Military Families grants positively impact the quality of life of veterans and improve military family strength.
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