According to Clayton State University Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Brian Haynes, the University’s AmeriCorps program is looking forward to another successful year.
John Turner, executive director of the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism (GCSV), has informed Student Affairs’ Natasha Hutson, interim director of the Student Activities Center and the Clayton State AmeriCorps project director, that the GCSV Board has approved a 2011/2012 AmeriCorps grant to Clayton State in the amount of $222,126 for 17.79 Member Service Years (MSYs), representing full funding for the Clayton State program for the 2011/2012 academic year. This year’s grant, the third such yearly award received by Clayton State, is especially notable due to the heightened level of competition for such grants.
As Turner states in his award notification, “this has been a very difficult year for the AmeriCorps State competition. We had unprecedented demand for the grants here in Georgia and many of the applications we received were of very good quality. That alone would have made the funding decisions difficult but at the same time the national funding picture was very uncertain… The budget which [Congress] passed, contained a $23 million cut in AmeriCorps funds, and when that reduction was calculated into a state-by-state basis, it resulted in a cut of $282,401 in federal funds for Georgia AmeriCorps Formula grants.”
AmeriCorps is a national service program designed to connect Americans in intense civic engagement to meet the targeted critical needs of a community.
Clayton State was originally funded in 2009 for a three-year grant cycle in the amount of $156,881 for each year.