U.S. Rep. James Clyburn said that $3 million in federal money is coming to South Carolina to support AmeriCorps programs.
The 6th District Democrat announced Friday the money will be going to pay for volunteers under the federal community service program who are working at City Year Columbia and at WINGS for Kids, a Charleston-based program that teaches social and emotional skills to young children.
The rest of the money goes to the United Way Association of South Carolina for statewide programs. Clyburn said the United Way will then distribute the money. “To make additional grants to South Carolina nonprofits this summer.”
Clyburn spoke with reporters from Washington along with the national director of AmeriCorps Bill Basl.
The money that South Carolina is receiving is about $100,000 less than last year. Clyburn says considering the difficulty of getting money in the current political environment, the state is in pretty good shape. “The competition for these grants is tough. Only the most exceptional proposals are funded and to have these programs here in South Carolina receiving the nod is a great sense of pride to me,” Clyburn said.
The Corporation for National and Community Service will provide an $1.9 million in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants. After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members receive an award of about $5,600 that they can use to pay for college or to pay off student loans.