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NKU Program Awarded More than $700,000 in Grant Funding

A program at Northern Kentucky University was among the state's twenty recipients of a total of $6.7 million in AmeriCorps federal funding.

Most of the programs were funded through an annual grant competition by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that engages Americans of all ages in service. The remaining programs are funded through formula grant funds that are allocated to Kentucky by CNCS based on state population.

More on NKU's awards can be found at the bottom of this article.

AmeriCorps is a national service program administered by Serve Kentucky – formerly known as the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service - in the CHFS. AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. Members serve faith-based and nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, local government entities, and state agencies.

“This funding will help address critical issues across the commonwealth – like teaching and tutoring students, combatting homelessness, providing drug resistance education, protecting environmental resources, serving veterans and military families, empowering victims of domestic violence and assisting low-income senior citizens,” said CHFS Secretary Adam M. Meier. “Service is a wonderful way to build our workforce and our community resources.”

Meier added that including additional local match funding and educational grants, AmeriCorps programs will result in a $21 million investment in Kentucky.

“Kentucky AmeriCorps is making an enormous impact, both now and for the future of our Commonwealth,” said Meier. “I am proud that this funding is strengthening both individuals and communities.”

Serve Kentucky Executive Director Joe Bringardner said he is proud of Kentucky programs’ showing among the national grant awardees.

“These programs have distinct goals to help educate youth, provide comfort to seniors and rebuild families’ lives by building homes,” Bringardner said. “Our AmeriCorps members use their talents, their vision and their boundless energy to establish immediate and long-lasting change in Kentucky.” 

At Northern Kentucky University:

Kentucky College Coaches

Sponsor: Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation (Highland Heights)

CNCS Grant: $428,866 (Competitive Cost Reimbursement)

Local Match: $381,198

Member Slots: 77 (part-time)

Education Awards: $190,387

CNCS Focus Area(s): Education

AmeriCorps members will coach and mentor high school students. These activities will take place in 50 high schools and Area Technology Centers throughout the state of Kentucky. AmeriCorps members will be responsible for sustaining coaching relationships with 3300 economically disadvantaged high school students, and assisting 500 high school seniors to enroll in a post-secondary program. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 550 volunteers who will be engaged in helping high school students learn about careers, complete paperwork for college access, and help build a college-going culture in Kentucky.

Kentucky College Coaches on Campus

Sponsor: Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation (Highland Heights)

CNCS Grant: $293,535 (Formula Cost Reimbursement)

Local Match: $95,777

Member Slots: 78 (part-time)

Education Awards: $115,085

CNCS Focus Area(s): Education, Veterans and Military Families

AmeriCorps members will provide academic coaching to first-generation, low-income, and veteran college students statewide in Kentucky. AmeriCorps members will be responsible for coaching 1,440 college students, with 90% persisting to the next academic year. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage 150 volunteers who will be engaged in job and career exploration with the college students.

-Staff report