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AmeriCorps State and National Tribal Grants

AmeriCorps State and National Tribal Grantee Overview

CNCS believes that all Americans should have opportunities to participate in national service, including those that have been traditionally underrepresented in national service, such as rural residents, people with disabilities, veterans and military families, Native Americans, and “Opportunity Youth-- the one in six young people (ages 16-24) who are disconnected from school or work.” CNCS recognizes that service can create powerful pathways to education and employment for these populations, transforming their communities and creating broad economic benefit for the country. National service benefits the recipients of service, those who serve, local communities, and our nation.

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Tribal Program Summaries

AmeriCorps State and National sets aside 1% of total grant funds to award grants to eligible federally recognized Indian tribes and tribal organizations. The FY2016 AmeriCorps Indian Tribes portfolio includes 18 program grants and 3 planning grants, a total of 21 grants for $3.7 Million and 208 AmeriCorps members serving in Native communities around the country.


AmeriCorps Tribal Grantee Stories

The Gila River Indian Community
Gila River received its first grant award in 2014 to provide services to disconnected veterans and their families. The Community does not have a Veterans Services Office and as a result there is no comprehensive veteran's services coordination to assist veterans with identifying services and filing paperwork to receive those services. Veterans currently have to travel outside of the Community to central Phoenix, AZ or Casa Grande, AZ to file paperwork and receive services.
According to the Program Coordinator for the Gila River AmeriCorps Program, many of the Veterans in Gila River feel isolated; therefore, the AmeriCorps Program is vital to serving Veterans and their families.
To date, Gila River has 14 AmeriCorps members and six of the fourteen members are Veterans.  All AmeriCorps members are recruited from the Gila River community.

Below are two success stories as told by the AmeriCorps members serving at Gila River.

“I think the most impactful client I had was a family member of a Korean War veteran. She came to my service site seeking help in getting a headstone for her father who had passed away. She contacted the AmeriCorps program in February stating that she would like to get a headstone for her father for his one year anniversary. She said that she heard about our program by word of mouth and from seeing the flyers posted at the service center. The outcome of this encounter was fairly rewarding as she was able to receive her father’s headstone and they were able to have the anniversary service they had been planning for him. It felt satisfying for me knowing that I was able to help her.”

“An Air Force Veteran was days away from being moved out of a Caring Home in Casa Grande and his wife called me not knowing what to do. The Local Elderly liaison also contacted me to see if there is anything the AmeriCorps program can do for the family. The Sacaton Caring Home would only take him for a couple days but his insurance was not yet finalized.
With only two days left to help, I contacted a local veteran representative - my site supervisor - to assist. We met with everyone we could to locate the veteran’s paperwork and where it needed to go to next so he can have a place to stay.
We spoke with hospital supervisors and board members and found out that this problem happens more often than most. We witnessed many people shed tears for helping a person we just met. We made call after call and met with many people. Then, we finally got him placed in the Sacaton Caring Home. His wife, the liaisons, and workers were all very impressed with what we accomplished in two to three days for this gentleman.”

Hoopa AmeriCorps and Hoopa Tribal Civilian Conservation Corps

Hoopa AmeriCorps and TCCC participating in the Canoe Journey

Canoe Journey in Nisqually, Washington

Tribal Leader Recognition Day for National Service

Tribal Leader Recognition Day for National Service

Every day, in tribal communities across America, national service is tackling tough problems and strengthening communities. Every year in April, tribal leaders across the country take the opportunity to thank those who serve and recognize their impact on National Service Recognition Day.

As you know, tribal governments are increasingly turning to National Service as a cost-effective startegy to address local challenges. By unleashing the power of citizens, AmeriCorps programs have a positive and lasting impact, making our communities better places to live. We hope that you will encourage your tribal government leadership to participate in National Service Recognition Day!

 

Grant Information

CNCS Funding Opportunities

The Corporation of National and Community Service provides grants to national and local nonprofits, schools, government agencies, faith-based and community organizations, and other groups committed to strengthening their communities through volunteering. Our funding opportunities vary by program.

Training and Technical Assistance

Tribal Grantee Quarterly/Tribal Affinity Group Telconference Schedule

January 9, 2018

  • Tribal Affinity Group Meeting: 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM ET
  • Tribal Grantee Quarterly Conference Call with CNCS: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

April 10, 2018

  • Tribal Affinity Group Meeting: 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM ET
  • Tribal Grantee Quarterly Conference Call with CNCS: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

July 10, 2018:

  • Tribal Affinity Group Meeting: 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM ET
  • Tribal Grantee Quarterly Conference Call with CNCS: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET 

Contact Information

  • If you are a current grantee or project sponsor, contact your Program Officer.
  • If your organization is a single-state entity that wants to work with AmeriCorps, contact your State Service Commission
  • If your organization operates in multiple states or is a Tribal organization, call 202-606-7508 or email americorpsnational@cns.gov
  • For information on joining AmeriCorps, call 1-800-942-2677 or visit the National Service Hotline page.
  • For information on your Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, contact the National Service Trust at 1-800-942-2677.

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AmeriCorps State and National Events Calendar

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