Wisconsin Will Get $9 Million In AmeriCorps Grants
By Shamane Mills
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 5:21pm
Despite cuts to AmeriCorps due to federal sequestration, Wisconsin will get over $9 million to help nonprofit organizations.
AmeriCorps is a domestic community service program that was started by former President Bill Clinton. It is sometimes compared to the Peace Corps.
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc, says because of federal funding cuts, competition for the grants was strong. She says the AmeriCorps program is a way for the country to solve problems: help disadvantaged youth, build affordable housing and get people health care.
"National service is a critical and cost-effective approach to solving national problems. It helps our local organizations really expand their reach and their impact by engaging citizens and bringing communities together."