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Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism to Provide $4.5 Million in AmeriCorps Grants to 19 Maryland Organizations

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism today announced that 19 Maryland organizations will receive more than $4.5 million in AmeriCorps State grants for initiatives taking place from August 15, 2019 to August 14, 2020. AmeriCorps funding is provided through a national competition by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering and service. The grants awarded this summer include funds announced in April supporting seven Maryland organizations. In 2018, Maryland was ranked the No. 10 state and Baltimore the No. 1 major city in the country for producing AmeriCorps members per capita by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

“As a top state in the country for producing AmeriCorps members, Maryland is proud of the hundreds of individuals who commit to improve our communities through service each year,” said Steve McAdams, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives. “AmeriCorps continues to provide invaluable resources to our communities by addressing important, sometimes crucial, issues that affect our state, changing Maryland for the better.”

Among the recipients is a new grantee: The Choice Program, an intensive advocacy and mentoring program serving disconnected youth based at The Shriver Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. 

“Governor Hogan is committed to addressing the issues facing Maryland such as the opioid crisis, youth literacy and education, community development, and environmental stewardship,” said McAdams. “We are grateful that Maryland organizations were able to demonstrate effective program models in Maryland that resulted in these national awards.”

All of the grant funds will be used to provide living stipends and other program operating costs for AmeriCorps members – individuals who will commit up to one year of service to support the mission of these organizations and improve Maryland communities. In addition to receiving a living stipend, AmeriCorps members who successfully complete their service during the 2019-2020 program year will be eligible to receive up to $6,095 through the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay educational expenses at eligible higher education institutions or to repay qualified student loans. Maryland is one of only two states offering in-state tuition for individuals from out of state who have served as AmeriCorps members in Maryland.

AmeriCorps provides service opportunities for adults of all ages, whether they are currently in college or a new graduate, to those changing careers or entering retirement. These members can engage in a variety of activities including tutoring and mentoring youth, conservation in Maryland state parks, raising awareness about the opiate crisis, building the capacity of nonprofit organizations, and more.

For a detailed list of grantees and awards, visit gosv.maryland.gov/our-americorps-state-grantees.

2019-2020 Maryland AmeriCorps State Grantees Grant Award
A STAR! In Western Maryland – Frostburg State University $330,796
The Community Art Collaborative – Maryland Institute College of Art $157,435
The Choice Program — University of Maryland, Baltimore County $22,176
Community Mediation Corps – Community Mediation Maryland, Inc. $314,478
Conquering Opiate Abuse Together (COAT) – Frostburg State University $36,970
HabiCorps – Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake $224,625
Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Corps – Salisbury State University $53,226
Maryland Conservation Corps – Department of Natural Resources $318,161
Maryland Reading Corps – The Literacy Lab $340,300
Maryland New Americans Opportunity Program – CASA de Maryland $235,775
Project CHANGE – George B. Thomas Sr. Learning Academy, Inc. $236,474
Promise Heights – University of Maryland, Baltimore $192,553
Reading Partners Maryland $410,184
Road Map AmeriCorps Program – Latin American Youth Center $113,289
Service Corps – Civic Works, Inc. $609,225
ShoreCorps – Salisbury State University $208,835
Teach for America Maryland $169,974
Thread, Inc. $252,953
Volunteer Maryland $301,244
Total $4,528,673

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