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Serve Rhode Island Seeks AmeriCorps Grant Applicants

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Serve Rhode Island (ServeRI) at the Rhode Island Department of Education has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the AmeriCorps program. AmeriCorps State Formula funds will be awarded to new or recompeting applicants that recruit, train, and manage AmeriCorps members who address unmet needs in Rhode Island communities.

"ServeRI joined the agency in August, and it continues to be an exciting addition to our portfolio," said Ken Wagner, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. "We need to maximize the experience and talent of our state's volunteer workforce, leveraging these resources to support our shared goals for education and beyond. I continue to be impressed by Rhode Island AmeriCorps members and what they bring to the table, and I look forward to seeing what our next round of grantees put forth to improve quality of life for all Rhode Islanders."

AmeriCorps members work on any of six focus areas identified by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Grant awards will be distributed based on these focus areas, which include education, economic opportunity, and improving health outcomes.

KEY DATES FOR PROPOSALS:

  • February 28, 10:00-11:30 a.m.: Bidders Conference
  • March 11, 5:00 p.m.: Intent to Apply Form Due
  • April 11, 5:00 p.m.: Application Due
  • May 16, 5:00 p.m.: Clarifications Due

Housed and supported by the Rhode Island Department of Education, ServeRI is the Rhode Island Commissioner for National and Community Service. The mission of ServeRI is to engage individuals in service and volunteerism to meet the needs of Rhode Island students and families. In the current year, ServeRI received approximately $3 million in support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, including operational support, AmeriCorps Education scholarships, and grants to 11 organizations.

Nationally, every year, 75,000 AmeriCorps members serve through 21,000 schools, non-profits, and community and faith-based organizations across the country. Since 1994, AmeriCorps members have provided more than 1.4 billion hours of service.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. The agency engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs, and leads the nation’s volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

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