Details for AmeriCorps Funding in 2012 Budget Deal

Posted by Jerry Duchene Saavedra on December 15, 2011

It looks like Congress has finally agreed on a FY 2012 budget for the country.   The agreement includes $1.05 billion for the CNCS (which includes AmeriCorps), roughly $25 million or 2.3% below current levels. While the deal has not yet been voted on, and will still need to be signed by the President once it is, we expect that to happen tomorrow.

Below is the breakdown of the numbers:

  • VISTA was cut $3.9 million to $95 million.
  • AmeriCorps State & National was cut $4 million to $345 million.
  • Senior Corps remains at $207.9 million
  • NCCC was increased $3 million to $31.9 million to relocate the Maryland campus as proposed by the Senate.
  • The Volunteer Generation Fund remains at $3.99 million.
  • The Social Innovation Fund was cut by $5 million to $44.9 million.
  • State Commissions were cut by $3.5 million to $13.5 million.
  • The National Service Trust was increased to $212 million.

Winning $1.05 billion for CNCS in FY12 is a testament to all the district office visits, phone calls, op-eds, emails, rallies, and other hard work done by service supporters across the country and to the leadership of our champions in Congress and the White House who fought hard against the attempts to eliminate AmeriCorps.  This shows the incredible impact and critical importance of service supporters mobilizing year-round to tell their members of Congress to support service.  Great job from our ServeNext Organizers and Network Members, Save Service Partners, and everyone else who took action throughout the year!

Despite our success in preventing elimination, it is critical that we are mindful that funding for service is still going in the wrong direction and we all have much more work to do to get it back on track.  There are still too many members of Congress who simply don’t get how AmeriCorps and other national service programs work and how it is a critical and cost effective strategy for addressing many of our nation’s most pressing challenges, especially in a tough economy.

ServeNext will work to keep you updated with any further developments.  If you are on Facebook, I strongly encourage you to like the ServeNext Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter to get the latest updates and other important national service news.

Below is a recap of how we got to this point.

  • On February 14th, 2011, President Obama kicked it off by submitting his budget to Congress.  For the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), he requested $1.3 billion which among other things would grow AmeriCorps to 90,000 members.
  • On September 20th, 2011, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Service, Education, and Related Agencies (Otherwise known as Labor-H) released its budget proposal for FY12 and included $1.093 billion for CNCS.  The Senate budget would essentially keep the funding levels for CNCS in FY12 level with those it received in FY11 with the exception of increasing $14 million for the National Service Trust and increasing $3 million for NCCC.
  • On September 29th, 2011, the House Appropriations Labor-H Subcommittee released its budget proposal for FY12 and included $280 million for CNCS.  Yes that is million with an M.  The House budget proposal only funds the National Senior Volunteer Programs with a little left over for the “orderly elimination” of everything else.  In other words, the House budget ELIMINATES AmeriCorps and CNCS.
  • On December 7th, 2011, a joint House-Senate Conference Committee was announced to negotiate a final budget deal and reconcile the differences between the House and Senate proposals.

3 Responses to “Details for AmeriCorps Funding in 2012 Budget Deal”

  1. […] Here are the details of what overall represents a 2.3% cut to CNCS, courtesy our friends at ServeNext: […]

  2. Yena Sanchez said

    AmeriCorps is a wonderful program! Support service!!

  3. “Details for AmeriCorps Funding in 2012 Budget Deal ServeNext.
    org Blog” was in fact seriously engaging and helpful!

    Within modern universe honestly, that is really hard to deliver.
    Thanks, Anya

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