(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that New Hampshire will receive a total of $4,732,381 in funding from AmeriCorps and the American Rescue Plan to support community projects throughout the state. Specifically, this funding will support programs managed by City Year, Inc., For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Student Conservation Association. Additional details are available here.
“I’m excited to see more than $4.7 million in new AmeriCorps and American Rescue Plan funding heading to our state to support STEM education, domestic and sexual violence survivors and environmental protection projects. Two years later, we are continuing to see and feel the impact of this law thanks to the work of Democrats in Congress and the Biden administration,” said Senator Shaheen. “These federal dollars will allow AmeriCorps members to continue making a difference in our communities by tackling some of our most pressing challenges and helping to build a stronger, more vibrant Granite State.”
“AmeriCorps members make a real difference in Granite State communities, from helping young students to leading conservation efforts to supporting domestic violence survivors,” said Senator Hassan. “I am glad to see new funding to support AmeriCorps programs in New Hampshire, and I applaud AmeriCorps members for giving back to their communities. I will continue to support AmeriCorps programs in our state and across the country.”
“AmeriCorps members are a critical resource for the communities they serve – I am thrilled to see this significant funding heading to New Hampshire to support their important and diverse work,” said Congresswoman Annie Kuster. “From expanding educational opportunities for students to supporting sexual violence survivors and conserving our environment, these resources will help ensure New Hampshire remains a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.”
“AmeriCorps volunteers play a critical role in strengthening our communities, improving quality of life for Granite Staters, and fostering a dedication to public service in younger generations,” said Congressman Chris Pappas. “These grants will support volunteers across New Hampshire who are focused on a range of issues from education to environmental conservation, and more. I’ll continue working to support service programs like AmeriCorps that foster civic engagement, spur economic growth, and strengthen our communities.”
Through the FY 2023 AmeriCorps State and National Grant Competition, seven successful grantees operating in New Hampshire will receive $3,810,737 in competitive funding from AmeriCorps to support approximately 250 AmeriCorps members. After successfully completing their service, these AmeriCorps members are expected to earn $1,213,397 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards. Volunteer NH!, the state service commission, will also receive $921,644 in formula funding, which will in turn be awarded to state organizations to support additional AmeriCorps members in the coming months.
Senator Shaheen is a strong supporter of national service programs. In May 2020, Shaheen introduced the Pandemic Response and Opportunity Through National Service Act, legislation that would fund 750,000 national service positions over a three-year response and recovery period, in part to meet the projected need for as many as 300,000 public health workers. Shaheen has also cosponsored legislation that would provide tax relief for AmeriCorps members who earn federal Segal Education Awards. Last year, the New Hampshire delegation announced a series of grant awards for AmeriCorps programs throughout the state, which are available here. The delegation-backed American Rescue Plan included $1 billion in funding for AmeriCorps.