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City & Nonprofits Awarded AmeriCorps Grant

Governor Nathan Deal recently announced the award of a $74,146 AmeriCorps planning grant to the City of Roswell and nonprofit partners STAR House Foundation and the YMCA. The grant will support the organizations’ efforts to provide more than 500 children in eight Title-I Roswell schools with after-school programs that focus on academic success, physical fitness, and life-skill and character development.

“This grant is really impactful because it’s opening up an enormous amount of possibility for us to serve families who maybe didn’t have access to educational support like this before,” said Monica Oliveira, executive director of STAR House Foundation, a Roswell-based, year-round nonprofit that offers educational after-school and summer enrichment programming to at-risk children. “The grant enables us to provide enhancements to our programs, providing students with additional learning supplies and resources, as well as incorporating strengthened evaluation tools to measure student progress.”

Roswell’s grant marks the first time AmeriCorps is working in the North Fulton area. A core program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than 80,000 Americans to meet community needs in areas such as education, the environment, public safety, and health.

The Roswell Nonprofit Partnership Program (NPP), administered through the City of Roswell Grants Division, applied for and was awarded the AmeriCorps grant. NPP helps increase public awareness of Roswell nonprofits, secures grant funding, and builds opportunities to recruit community volunteers.

“Sometimes, nonprofits don’t have the opportunity or specific expertise to go out and apply for these grants—to do the research required and to write the proposals. But now they don’t need to do that work alone,” said Don Horton, City of Roswell Councilmember and liaison to the City’s Grants Division. “The City’s Grants staff leverage their expertise to seek funding from federal, state, county, and local government sources, as well as from private foundations and corporate sources, for an array of community projects that enhance the quality of life for all Roswell citizens.”

In addition to STAR House and the YMCA, 13 other nonprofits have joined the Roswell NPP.

“The NPP is an outstanding program through which the City and nonprofit partners are working together, as a team, to be better equipped to serve the needs of the community,” said Scott Doll, Executive Director of the Ed Isakson YMCA. “Many of these schools that we serve have populations that are less advantaged and have less opportunity than others in our community, and the AmeriCorps grant offers us an unprecedented opportunity to invest more than we’ve been able to traditionally.”

For more information on the City of Roswell’s Nonprofit Partnership Program, please contact Mary Lyons, Grants Coordinator, at (770) 817-6715 or mlyons@roswellgov.com.

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This material is based upon work supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Opinions or points of view expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of, or a position that is endorsed by, CNCS or the AmeriCorps program.

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