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AmeriCorps Funding Update

December 11, 2009

UPDATE:   Congress today (Monday, 12/14) gave final approval to the Fiscal 2010 budget for the Corporation for National and Community Service, making a historic investment in the agency and its programs at a time of mounting social needs and renewed interest in citizen service.

The appropriations measure passed by the Senate today provides $1.149 billion for the Corporation, fully funding President Obama’s request. This funding level, the largest in the agency’s history, will support millions of Americans in addressing national priorities through service, from preventing high school dropouts and increasing energy efficiency to improving health care and supporting veterans.

“This budget is a strong vote of confidence in the value of national service as a critical tool for solving our nation’s toughest challenges,” said Nicola Goren, Acting CEO of the Corporation. “By fully funding the President’s request, this budget will enable us to strengthen and expand existing programs and invest in key initiatives authorized by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.”

The national service budget was part of the FY 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which now goes to the President for his signature. It contains a $260 million increase over last year, and is the first budget enacted after passage of the landmark Serve America Act, which passed with strong bipartisan support and was signed by President Obama last April.

Included in this figure is an increase in the number of AmeriCorps members to 85,000 (an increase of 10,000), $2 million for a new Summer of Service program under Learn and Serve, $50 million for the Social Innovation Fund (as well as funding for Senior Corps programs ($220.9 million), VISTA ($99.1 million) and NCCC ($29 million).

Further details, including bill text, manager’s statement, and an updated chart are on the CNCS budget page.

The bill now is on to the President for his signature.

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  1. December 11, 2009 11:42 am

    I heard the house passed the bill today? Is this true?? Exciting News!
    -AmeriCorps VISTA at Habitat, Montgomery County, MD

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