AmeriCorps Planning and Operational Grants Available from Serve Colorado; Prioritizing Climate Corps, COVID-19 Recovery, Education, and Health
DENVER, CO (STL.News) Serve Colorado is now accepting applications for 2021-2022 AmeriCorps State planning and operational grant funding for community partnerships to engage AmeriCorps members to meet state and local needs. Planning grants provide funding for one year to design and develop new AmeriCorps programs that can address community challenges. Operational grants provide funding to organizations who are ready to implement a full AmeriCorps program, with members on the ground as early as August 2021.
Serve Colorado believes that AmeriCorps can be part of the solution for a wide range of community challenges and welcomes creative proposals addressing a broad range of community needs. Priorities for this round of funding include programs that address the following:
- COVID-19 response and recovery efforts including meeting immediate needs and workforce development;
- Education and youth development programming including efforts that seek to overcome learning loss due to COVID-19 disruptions;
- Health initiatives including behavioral and mental health programming and increasing access to health care;
- Advancing racial equity; and
- The creation of a Colorado Climate Corps to provide capacity and support for local and tribal governments to develop and execute climate action plans/projects; expand conservation corps to do hands-on projects including wildfire and flood mitigation; and, implement energy and environmental projects that advance climate resilience.