In June, the Corporation for National and Community Service awarded competitive funding to Volunteer Louisiana to administer eight AmeriCorps programs in 2017-2018. Volunteer Louisiana will receive over $3.4 million to support 612 AmeriCorps members serving throughout Louisiana. The programs receiving the federal competitive grant awards are: Boys & Girls Club of South East Louisiana, City Year Baton Rouge, City Year New Orleans, Communities in Schools, Louisiana Delta Service Corps, Up2Us Sports, RENew Schools, and Teach for America. Volunteer Louisiana will also receive State formula funding to administer additional AmeriCorps programs and those awards will be announced later in the summer. With this funding, programs like Louisiana Delta Service Corps can expand to new sites and continue to “strengthen the capacity of local non-profits in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge area”, according to Lisa Teer, Executive Director.
Also in June, Volunteer Louisiana announced an additional $78,000 in grant funding for Summer of Service projects through the Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF). The grants were awarded to nine non-profit organizations serving five parishes which will focus on generating volunteers to help disaster recovery. The following organizations received grant awards: NetWork Volunteers, Rebuilding Together New Orleans, All Hands Volunteers, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota – Camp Noah, SBP (St. Bernard Project), NOLA Tree Project, Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders, Inc., Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge, True Light Baptist Church.
The Volunteer Generation Fund is available to nonprofits, schools, local governments, and faith-based organizations in Louisiana with the goal of engaging community volunteers to meet critical community needs. Funding is awarded annually through the Corporation for National and Community Service and grant opportunities are announced annually through Volunteer Louisiana.