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Christie Administration Announces More Than $2.9 Million In AmeriCorps Grants To State Organizations
Grants to Support 370 AmeriCorps Members in Meeting Diverse State and Local Needs

Friday, July 19, 2013 — Trenton, NJ – Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno announced today that 15 organizations have received new or continued AmeriCorps grant support from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

The federal grants will support 370 AmeriCorps members across the state who will provide disaster services; support in-school and after-school tutoring and enrichment programs for at-risk youth; serve in homeless shelters and food pantries for families in need; assist individuals with disabilities to become more independent in the community; and work with watershed agencies to test and clean New Jersey's waterways.

The New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service, which is located with the New Jersey Department of State's Division of Programs, will distribute the more than $2.9 million in funding to organizations selected in a highly competitive process.

"Civic-minded service is an essential part of the solution to many of the social challenges facing our communities," said Lt. Governor Guadagno, who oversees the Division of Programs in her dual capacity as Secretary of State. "With this support, AmeriCorps members will continue their fine work in meeting pressing local needs while strengthening the fabric of communities throughout New Jersey. In doing so, they will develop essential civic and leadership skills that will last a lifetime."

The current year's AmeriCorps grant cycle was highly competitive, due to the strong and growing demand by organizations seeking AmeriCorps resources. Overall, the CNCS received a record-breaking 582,000 AmeriCorps applications in 2011 – a dramatic increase from the 360,000 seen in 2009.

"AmeriCorps members are improving the lives of millions of citizens and having a positive and lasting impact on the toughest challenges facing our communities," said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. "I congratulate these organizations for their strong applications in a highly competitive year. Thanks to the dedicated service of AmeriCorps members, these organizations will increase their reach and impact on meeting local needs."

The grants advance the priorities of the bipartisan 2009 Serve America Act and focus AmeriCorps resources on six key service areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.

On a national level, AmeriCorps engages 80,000 Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet critical needs. Members serve through more than 14,000 organizations in rural and urban communities throughout the nation. Among other accomplishments, AmeriCorps members last year mobilized 3.4 million community volunteers and tutored, mentored, or served more than 3.5 million disadvantaged youth.

Below is a listing of 2013 AmeriCorps grants in New Jersey.

Category: New Applications
Agency
Funding
Recommended
Slots
Recommended
Focus Areas
Areas Affected
By Project
The United Way of Monmouth County
$266,000
35
Disaster Services/Veterans & Military Families
Monmouth and Ocean counties
Somerset Hills YMCA
$133,143
38
Healthy Futures/Economic Opportunity
Somerset County
Jewish Renaissance Foundation
$205,467
23
Education/Capacity Building
Middlesex County
Category: Re-Competing Grants
Agency
Funding
Recommended
Slots
Recommended
Focus Areas
Areas Affected
By Project
NJ Dept. of
Environmental Protection
$260,000
20
Environment
Statewide –
all watersheds
Montclair
State University
$265,883
20
Education/Environment/ Capacity Building
Essex, Sussex, Passaic, Morris and Union counties
Category: Grant Continuations
Agency
Funding
Recommended
Slots
Recommended
Focus Areas
Areas Affected
By Project
Boys and Girls Clubs
in NJ
$195,208
44
Education/Capacity Building
Statewide
Enable, Inc.
$129,931
18
Capacity Building
Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth and Somerset counties
Great Oaks
Charter School
$121,000
10
Education
City of Newark
Jersey Cares
$131,575
10
Capacity Building
Statewide
NJ Coalition Against
Sexual Assault
$133,000
12
Education/Capacity Building
Bergen, Burlington, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer and Warren counties
NJ Community
Development Corporation
$266,000
20
Education/Healthy Futures
City of Paterson
St. Paul's Community
Development Corp.
$264,803
33
Education/Healthy Futures/Economic Opportunity
City of Paterson
The College of NJ,
Bonner Leaders
$235,933
50
Education/Healthy Futures/Economic Opportunity
Mercer and Middlesex counties
The Salvation Army
$187,680
34
Education/Disaster Services
Cities of Newark and East Orange
United Way of
Central Jersey
$120,419
10
Education
Middlesex County and Franklin Twp. In Somerset County

About AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps is a national service program administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service each year and administers United We Serve, the President's call to service. Individuals can learn about available opportunities and apply online by visiting AmeriCorps.gov