Missouri Community Service Commission announces AmeriCorps grants to meet local needs

August 2, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) approved more than 20 Missouri community development projects for a total of $4,869,127 under the Missouri Community Service Commission (MCSC) for their 2017 AmeriCorps Missouri Funding Opportunity. These grants will support hundreds of AmeriCorps projects across the state of Missouri and are made possible by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) located in Washington, DC.

“These AmeriCorps projects provide crucial support to Missouri organizations that help families in need. This support strengthens our neighborhoods, our communities, and our state as a whole, and we appreciate the tremendous work of our AmeriCorps members,” said Rob Dixon, Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development 

AmeriCorps played a key role in emergency response to the recent statewide flooding disaster. Members filled sandbags to reduce flood damage to homes and businesses and staffed emergency centers, providing food and shelter for displaced victims. Members also coordinated cleanup and recovery efforts after the floodwaters receded. Additionally, AmeriCorps works to fill unmet needs in communities throughout the state.

Some of the recent projects that have been approved under the MCSC include:

  • City Year, Inc. / City Year Kansas City

  • Missouri College Advising Corps

  • Waynesville R-VI School District / AmeriCorps Waynesville

  • Eldon R-II School District/PAVE AmeriCorps

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri

  • College Bound

  • Child Abuse Prevention Association

  • Harvesters-The Community Food Network

  • International Institute of Metropolitan St. Louis

  • Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc.

  • Laclede Literacy Council

  • Mission: St. Louis

  • Missouri River Communities Network

  • Poplar Bluff R-I School District

  • Primaris Foundation/CLAIM

  • Purdy R-II School District

  • Teach for America

  • The Biome

  • The Literacy Lab/Missouri Reading Corps

  • The SoulFisher Ministries

Since 1994, more than 500,000 men and women have served in AmeriCorps, providing needed assistance to millions of Americans through projects ranging from tutoring, youth mentoring, public safety, housing rehabilitation, health care, environmental issues, and disaster relief.

Most AmeriCorps Missouri grant funds are received from CNCS and distributed to nonprofit groups, educational institutions and local and state government through the Missouri Community Service Commission to respond to local needs. Other funding is distributed by CNCS directly to multi-state and national organizations through a competitive grants process.

To learn more about the benefits of becoming an AmeriCorps Member, visit www.nationalservice.gov

The Missouri Community Service Commission (MCSC) is located within the Missouri Department of Economic Development.  Its mission is to connect Missourians of all ages and backgrounds in an effort to improve unmet community needs through direct and tangible service.  The MCSC serves as the administrator for AmeriCorps State funding in Missouri by awarding monetary grants and providing technical assistance and support to its sub-grantees.

For more, visit https://www.movolunteers.org/grants.htm.