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Volunteer Iowa Announces $12.5 Million in Funding for AmeriCorps National Service Programs in Iowa


For Immediate Release
June 18, 2020

Betsy Shelton

Volunteer Iowa Announces $12.5 Million in Funding for AmeriCorps National Service Programs in Iowa

DES MOINES, IA – Volunteer Iowa has approved federal and state AmeriCorps funding that will leverage private and local match for a total of $12.5 million in support of nearly 900 AmeriCorps State members for the 2020-2021 program year. These AmeriCorps members will be eligible to earn over $2.9 million worth of Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards to use to advance their education or pay back qualified student loans.

AmeriCorps State members have been involved in recent efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants provide funding to local organizations for AmeriCorps members to address public health and other critical community needs in the areas of education, disaster services, health, environmental stewardship, and economic opportunity. 

Volunteer Iowa announced the following AmeriCorps State grants today:

Grantee Organization:

Program Name:

Total Grant Award:

Bur Oak Land Trust

Bur Oak Land Trust AmeriCorps


City of Davenport

City of Davenport AmeriCorps & Youth Corps Program


City of Dubuque

AmeriCorps Partners in Learning


City of Dubuque

City of Dubuque Creating Opportunities AmeriCorps Program


College Possible

College Possible Iowa AmeriCorps


Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa

Conservation Corps Iowa


Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC)

RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps


Graceland University AmeriCorps Youth Launch

AmeriCorps Youth Launch


Habitat for Humanity of Iowa, Inc.

Habitat for Humanity of Iowa AmeriCorps


Iowa Children's Museum

Summer Ladder AmeriCorps Program


Iowa College Student Aid Commission

Course to College - College Success AmeriCorps


Iowa College Student Aid Commission

Course to College - College Access AmeriCorps


Iowa Economic Development Authority

Iowa COVID-19 Recovery AmeriCorps


Iowa Legal Aid

Iowa Legal Aid AmeriCorps


Iowa State University

AmeriCorps Partnering to Protect Children


Iowa State University

Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach Program


Iowa State University

Iowa AmeriCorps Environmental Education Program


Iowa Western Community College

Campus Compact AmeriCorps Program


United Ways of Iowa

Iowa Reading Corps AmeriCorps Program


University of Northern Iowa

Green Iowa AmeriCorps


University of Northern Iowa

Land & Water Stewards AmeriCorps


Zach Johnson Foundation

Kids on Course AmeriCorps


Every year, 75,000 AmeriCorps members serve through 21,000+ schools, nonprofits, and community and faith-based organizations across the country. These citizens have played a critical role in the recovery of communities affected by disasters and helped thousands of first-generation college students access higher education. They also tutor and mentor young people, connect veterans to jobs, care for seniors, reduce crime and revive cities, fight the opioid epidemic, and meet other critical needs.

AmeriCorps is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering and service, and recently marked its 25th anniversary. Since the program’s inception in 1994, more than 1.1 million AmeriCorps members have served the nation, providing more than 1.6 billion hours of service and earning nearly $4 billion in education awards to pay for college or pay back student loans. Those interested in joining AmeriCorps can learn more at


About Volunteer Iowa 
Volunteer Iowa and its partner agencies work with organizations and individuals on three main fronts. The first is to help agencies develop quality programs that use service as a strategy to fulfill their missions and address Iowa’s greatest areas of need. The second is to help engage Iowans in their communities by promoting service and expanding the volunteer base. Finally, the third area of work is to connect individuals with appropriate service opportunities by building the volunteer infrastructure. More information is available at

About the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. The agency engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation's volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit