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Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism Announces $4.2 Million in AmeriCorps Grants

Grants Awarded for Opioid Education Programs on Eastern Shore and in Western Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism today announced that 22 Maryland organizations will receive more than $4.2 million in AmeriCorps grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service for this year’s round beginning August 15, 2017.

Funding will go to two new programs to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic in Maryland. The Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Corps and Conquering Opiate Abuse Together (COAT) program will provide crucial health education programming to communities on the Eastern Shore through Salisbury University and in Western Maryland through Frostburg State University.

“Raising awareness and educating our citizens about the deadly threat posed by heroin and opioids is a critical component of our efforts to combat this crisis that is ravaging communities across Maryland and the country,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “This epidemic affects people of all walks of life, and it will take everyone, from the federal, state, and local governments, as well as the efforts of the private sector, community organizations, neighbors, and families working together to turn the tide of this crisis and save Marylanders’ lives.”

“The grants enable the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism to target resources to areas of the state where they are needed most, especially in our fight against the opioid epidemic,” said Jeff Griffin, director of the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism.

In addition to the $4.2 million in grant awards, grantees will raise over $7 million in non-federal matching funds comprised of both cash and non-cash donated goods or services. Programs must raise a minimum of 24 percent of the program costs to match the amount of federal dollars received.

Volunteers serve with more than 22 nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations in Baltimore, Central Maryland, Western Maryland, and on the Eastern Shore. The application cycle for the 2018-2019 Maryland AmeriCorps State grant year will open on August 7, 2017.

2017-2018 Maryland AmeriCorps State Grantees
Grant Award
A STAR! In Western Maryland — Frostburg State University $392,959
Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (Planning Grant) $17,000
The Community Art Collaborative — Maryland Institute College of Art $148,598
Community Bridges (Planning Grant) $17,000
Community Mediation Corps — Community Mediation Maryland
Conquering Opiate Abuse Together (COAT) — Frostburg State University $37,203
Experience Corps Baltimore — AARP $123,936
HabiCorps — Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake $138,300
Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Corps — Salisbury University $53,226
Interfaith Works AmeriCorps $137,861
The Light House (Planning Grant) $15,968
Maryland Conservation Corps — Department of Natural Resources $325,463
Maryland Reading Corps — The Literacy Lab $169,361
New Americans Initiative for Maryland  — CASA de Maryland $169,451
Playworks Maryland $145,751
Project CHANGE — George B. Thomas Sr. Learning Academy, Inc. $207,367
Promise Heights — University of Maryland, Baltimore $138,176
Reading Partners Baltimore $299,837
Road Map AmeriCorps — Latin American Youth Center $134,129
Service Corps — Civic Works $433,681
ShoreCorps/PALS — Salisbury University $169,542
Teach for America Baltimore $190,722
Thread, Inc. $151,560
Volunteer Maryland $364,414
Total $4,258,107

Before It’s Too Late is the state’s effort to bring awareness to the heroin and opioid epidemic-and to mobilize resources for effective prevention, treatment, and recovery. Marylanders grappling with a substance use disorder can find help at and 1-800-422-0009, the state crisis hotline.

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