Volunteer Florida Awards $360,000 in Funding to Support Communities Impacted by COVID-19

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Volunteer Florida announced that $360,000 in funding will be distributed to five organizations that are working to implement an AmeriCorps Program in their community. Along with funding, organizations will receive technical assistance and support that will help them successfully manage a future AmeriCorps program. Programs will focus on helping community members that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am so proud of the work that Floridians are doing to not only stop the spread of COVID-19, but help their neighbors in need,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “I applaud these organizations and the many others across our state that are stepping up and supporting community members who need a little extra help during this difficult time.”

“We were overwhelmed by the number of applications that we received for this funding opportunity – a true testament to the giving spirit of our state,” said Volunteer Florida CEO Clay Ingram. “When times get tough, Floridians rise to the occasion by protecting each other and serving each other. We look forward to supporting the work of these organizations in the years to come.”

Awarded organizations will receive up to $75,000 for a one-year planning period to prepare for managing a future AmeriCorps program. These organizations may apply for grant awards subsequent to their planning year to implement their proposed program. Funding for AmeriCorps is made available by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering and national service, and administered by state service commissions like Volunteer Florida.

The following organizations received an AmeriCorps Planning Grant:

Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, Inc. (Statewide)

Over the next year, the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions will use the AmeriCorps Planning Grant award to develop a program to support high-risk pregnant women, infants and their families.

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