Senate Appropriations Committee Backs Funding for the Kennedy Serve America Act

Yesterday the Senate Appropriations Committee recommended $1.157B to fund the Corporation for National and Community Service implementation of the Kennedy Serve America Act.

The figure is greater than the $1.149B requested by President Obama, the $1.059B that the House of Representatives passed in its appropriations bill, and the 2009 fiscal year budget of the Corporation.

The Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Senators Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) and Thad Cochran (R-MS), issued a statement:

The bill includes $1.157 billion for the Corporation for National and Community Service. This level is $267 million above the fiscal year 2009 enacted level. The Committee recommendation puts AmeriCorps on the path to 250,000 members, the goal approved by Congress earlier this year in the SERVE America Act. The Committee recommendation includes funding for several new programs including $50 million for the Social Innovation Fund, $8 million for the Volunteer Generation Fund, and $2 million for the Non-Profit Capacity Building program.

The House of Representatives voted previously to launch the Social Innovation Fund with $35M.

In a statement today from Nicola Goren, Acting CEO of the Corporation, is details about how the funding breaks down:

  • AmeriCorps Grants: $372,547,000
  • AmeriCorps VISTA: $100,000,000
  • AmeriCorps NCCC: $29,000,000
  • National Service Trust: $197,000,000
  • Senior Corps: $221,269,000

o        RSVP: $63,000,000
o        Foster Grandparents: $111,269,000
o        Senior Companions: $47,000,000

  • Learn and Serve America: $40,000,000
  • Innovation and Demonstration: $65,500,000
  • Training and Technical Assistance $8,000,000
  • Disability Grants $5,000,000
  • Evaluation: $6,000,000
  • State Commission Grants: $17,000,000
  • Salaries and Expenses: $88,000,000
  • Office of Inspector General: $7,700,000

For national service fans who’d like to thank Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Thad Cochran, who chaired the subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies that established the $1.157B recommendation earlier this week, Service Nation encourages you to sign your name to a thank-you note they are sending to the senators.

One thought on “Senate Appropriations Committee Backs Funding for the Kennedy Serve America Act

  1. Can you please tell me how to apply for benefits. I volunteer over 400 hours doing taxes for the AARP TaxAide program. I would like to have my grandchildren the beneficiary of the $1,000 scholarship from Serve America.

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