February 7, 2023
CivicSpark Awarded $240,000 in AmeriCorps Funding for Climate Resilience Planning
Funding will support program planning in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi
CivicWell is pleased to announce that our CivicSpark program has received a grant of $240,000 from AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism. The grant will expand CivicSpark’s research and planning in the American Southeast.
AmeriCorps State and National program, a federal-state partnership with a central role for Governor-appointed State Service Commissions, develops and implements state-specific national service programs. As the first of their kind, these American Rescue Plan planning grants provide support to organizations for a 12-month planning period as they develop new AmeriCorps programs.
CivicSpark Program Director Bill Sadler states, “I am excited to explore expanding the CivicSpark program to additional states in the Southeast. Recent events such as Hurricane Ian have demonstrated that these states are increasingly experiencing stresses from widespread and persistent environmental impacts. They also contain some of the fastest growing communities in the United States. CivicSpark’s successful model of building local government capacity and providing an equitable workforce development pipeline for green jobs will support local leaders in these states as they increase their communities’ climate resilience.”
AmeriCorps State and National program engages more than 65,000 Americans in intensive service each year. Full-time AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance, health care and childcare. At the successful completion of each service term, members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to repay qualified student loans and/or to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs. Learn more about serving in AmeriCorps programs.
CivicSpark currently operates throughout California, Colorado, and Washington state. Organizations and agencies interested in bringing a CivicSpark Fellow to their communities can learn more on the CivicSpark website. For emerging leaders interested in applying to the Fellowship, more information can be found here.