Last September, we reported on the budget Congress proposed for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The proposed budget included $500 million in cuts to CNCS’s budget, cutting the number of available spots for AmeriCorps volunteers by nearly 40,000.
Today we are happy to report that funding for CNCS has been restored. In a recent email from Wendy Spencer, the corporation’s CEO, the fiscal year 2016 omnibus appropriations bill provides $1.1 billion for CNCS.
An excerpt from Spencer’s email is below:
I am thrilled to announce that President Obama just signed the fiscal year 2016 omnibus appropriations bill that increases funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
The legislation provides $1.1 billion for CNCS and our programs, a $39.9 million increase over last year. The budget invests in CNCS programs that engage millions of Americans in building community solutions to our most pressing challenges. It provides a substantial increase for AmeriCorps, maintains current funding for Senior Corps, and continues the vital work of the Social Innovation Fund to support creative, proven solutions to pressing challenges. This budget will also strengthen our work to expand economic opportunity for more Americans, drive innovation and impact, and grow national service and volunteerism.