Governor Cuomo Announces $5.4 Million in Americorps State-wide Funding ($0 for Syracuse)

Grant Will Support the Governor’s Rochester Anti-Poverty Task Force and Other Critically Important Programs

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State has been awarded $5.4 million in AmeriCorps funding from the federal Corporation for National and Community Service. New York will administer this funding to 19 municipalities and non-profit organizations which help at-risk children, homebound seniors, low-income families, and struggling veterans throughout the state.

“This is about putting people and resources on the ground in high-needs communities,” Governor Cuomo said. “By supporting these programs, we are guiding children to academic success, preparing the unemployed to re-enter the workforce, and taking care of those who have served our country.”

Awarded through a competitive Request for Proposals process, the grants will enable the 19 municipalities and non-profit organizations to recruit approximately 700 AmeriCorps members across the state. Each member will receive a scholarship upon completion of his or her service. Nearly $600,000 will complement the work of the Governor’s Rochester Anti-Poverty Task Force by supporting programs designed to improve academic achievement, adolescent health, and violence prevention in the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods.

The New York State Commission on National and Community Service – New Yorkers Volunteer, a Governor-appointed commission, will administer the grants. The Commission uses the power of AmeriCorps to address some of the state’s most challenging issues, and encourages citizens to make a difference in the lives of others.

New Yorkers Volunteer Executive Director Linda Cohen said, “These AmeriCorps members will be serving in their own communities. That means they will be earning a scholarship and gaining valuable experience while making a difference in the lives of their neighbors. It’s a real win-win.”

The grants awarded in New York State are:


Organization Name Program Summary Approved Funding Population Served
City of Rochester Promote adolescent health, childhood literacy, and violence prevention in poverty-stricken areas $431,600 Rochester
Community Health Care Association of NYS Prepare AmeriCorps members for a successful career in community-based primary health care $244,412 Buffalo, Glens Falls, Newburgh, New York City
Cradle Beach Camp Improve academic achievement and attendance rates in Buffalo Public Schools $406,544 Buffalo
Grand Street Settlement Improve academic achievement and economic opportunities in Brooklyn and the Lower East Side $231,133 New York City
Great Oaks Foundation Improve academic achievement at a charter school serving the Lower East Side and Two Bridges $717,162 New York City
Legal Assistance of Western New York Expand legal services to the poor in Bath, Elmira, Geneva, Ithaca, Jamestown, Olean, and Rochester $265,280 Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Western New York
Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties Mentor students to improve academic achievement and literacy in the Hudson City School District $331,294 Hudson
New York Restoration Project Restore and maintain green spaces in economically and environmentally challenged neighborhoods $275,642 New York City
Oswego City-County Youth Bureau Mentor disadvantaged youth; promote nutrition education and physical education to reduce childhood obesity $225,375 Oswego County
Provide financial literacy and housing assistance at the Department of Social Services and other agencies $125,702
Relay Graduate School of Education Improve educational outcomes by training and certifying teachers to work in low-income communities $42,000 New York City
Rural Health Network Assist elderly and home-bound individuals; improve access to health care; increase food security $313,806 Counties of Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga, and Tompkins
SCO Family of Services Facilitate academic, arts, and recreation activities for low-income students in Sunset Park, Brooklyn $193,695 Brooklyn
Student Conservation Association Protect at-risk ecosystems on public lands; provide environmental education in rural and urban communities $475,000 Adirondack Park, Hudson Valley, New York City
Sunset Park Health Council / Lutheran Family Health Centers Improve academic achievement, job readiness, and health care access in southwest Brooklyn $179,618 Brooklyn
The Institute for Human Services Develop occupational skills; promote employment readiness; provide housing assistance $183,615 Counties of Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben
The Service Collaborative of WNY Provide financial literacy services to 1,800 economically disadvantaged adults in Western New York $245,011 Counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara
Urban League of Rochester Improve academic achievement and college readiness in five northeast Rochester neighborhoods $135,000 Rochester
Utica Municipal Housing Authority Connect low-income residents to job opportunities; help veterans achieve financial and housing stability $136,252 Counties of Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida
Yeshiva Kehilath Yaakov Train low-income and unemployed residents to mentor students and work on health education projects $228,753 New York City

Congressman Jerrold Nadler said, “Community is about more than the individual, and New Yorkers have long demonstrated their commitment to service as one of the hallmarks of what makes our state great. As a longtime supporter in Congress of the AmeriCorps program, I am glad this federal funding is being brought to help those most at risk, understanding that we can go further together when we look out for one another. I commend the AmeriCorps volunteers for dedicating their time and energy to giving back, and congratulate Governor Cuomo and the 19 organizations across our state who are working to improve our communities through their tireless work and commitment to service.”

Congressman Brian Higgins said, “The AmeriCorps program does incredible work to move communities forward and help their most vulnerable members. Supporting organizations like the Community Healthcare Association of New York State, Cradle Beach Camp, and The Service Collaborative of Western New York will make a real difference in our region and in the lives of those in need.”

Corporation for National and Community Service
About AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. Since 1994, more than 72,000 AmeriCorps members in New York State have completed more than 110 million hours of service. For more information, visit

Editors note: At this time the City of Syracuse has not been included in this round of funding.