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Volunteer Tennessee announces AmeriCorps funding opportunity

NASHVILLE — Volunteer Tennessee anticipates the availability of approximately $2.7 million in new and continuation grant funding for Tennessee AmeriCorps programs pending federal congressional appropriations. Public and private non-profit, governmental and faith-based agencies are eligible to apply.

AmeriCorps is the national service program of the Corporation for National and Community Service that engages more than 75,000 Americans each year to meet locally identified community needs in the areas of disaster services; economic opportunity; education; environmental stewardship; healthy futures; and veterans and military families.

Volunteer Tennessee, a 25-member bi-partisan board appointed by the Governor, encourages volunteerism and community service.

Agencies interested in hosting an AmeriCorps program are invited to visit the Volunteer Tennessee website at to download application materials. New Tennessee State Formula Grant, Education Award-Only Program Grant, and Professional Grant applications are due to Volunteer Tennessee on February 16, 2018 by 3:00 p.m. CST. Evidence-Based Planning Grant applications are due to Volunteer Tennessee on November 16, 2017 by 3:00 p.m. CST.

A recorded AmeriCorps informational webinar will be available on September 1, 2017, and an Application Grant Information webinar will take place September 8, 2017. Additional technical assistance calls will be scheduled on an as-needed basis. Please visit for exact times and call-in information for the webinars. Volunteer Tennessee’s staff will record and place links to these recordings on our website within 24 hours following the webinar.

AmeriCorps outreach sessions will take place throughout the state from September 25-October 18, 2017. Please visit for dates and locations of the outreach sessions.

To register for the outreach sessions, please visit Volunteer Tennessee’s website or contact Stephanie Houghton at 615-741-9237 or Volunteer Tennessee strongly encourages all applicants (new and re-competing) to attend at least one webinar or outreach session in this extremely competitive year.

“AmeriCorps is a terrific way for organizations to benefit from eager, service-minded individuals — who in turn get education awards to help pay for college,” said Jim Snell, Volunteer Tennessee Executive Director. “For more than 20 years, AmeriCorps members have cleaned up polluted urban streams, provided child abuse prevention services, taught children to read, and helped senior citizens live longer and healthier lives through preventative health education. Our programs help local agencies maximize their capabilities to serve.”

“By placing AmeriCorps members in communities across the state, they are able to reach our most at-risk and frail citizens,” he continued.

Volunteer Tennessee currently funds 18 AmeriCorps programs and two AmeriCorps planning grants across the state. Examples of these include:

• The Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center (Jackson): One Child At A Time AmeriCorps members help prevent child abuse and provide assistance to abused children and their families in West Tennessee. Members are mentors and role models to children, recruit new volunteers, and provide educational and emergency assistance.

• AIM Center (Chattanooga): AmeriCorps*Building Futures AmeriCorps members help address the stigma of mental illness while serving at the AIM Center. Members holistically address the basic human needs for meaningful relationships, self-sufficiency, and community reintegration for people in the greater Chattanooga area with a psychiatric diagnosis.

• Martha O’Bryan Center (Nashville): The Martha O’Bryan Center empowers children, youth, and adults in poverty to transform their lives through work, education, employment, and fellowship. THRIVE AmeriCorps members serve in one of five program areas: K-8 Youth Education, High School Education, Post-Secondary Success and Digital Inclusion, Adult Education, and Family Support. Members build relationships, tutor, teach, plan curriculum and enrichments, and perform community outreach and engagement.

Since 1994, more than 1 million Americans have provided more than 1.4 billion hours of service addressing critical challenges from poverty and hunger to disasters and the dropout crisis. In Tennessee, more than 12,000 AmeriCorps members have served more than 24 million hours and earned more than $42.9 million in education scholarships.

Volunteer Tennessee is the Governor’s commission on volunteerism and service. Its mission is to encourage volunteerism and community service. Annually, Volunteer Tennessee provides more than $4.5 million in AmeriCorps, Volunteer Generation Fund, and volunteer center grants to local agencies throughout the state so they can engage volunteers to meet community needs in disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. The commission consists of a 25-member, bi-partisan volunteer citizen board appointed by the Governor and eleven State Government ex-officio positions. For more information, visit

AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit

Published October 7, 2017

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