Final Action on FY 2017 CNCS Budget

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Dear Colleagues,

Last Friday, President Trump signed the Fiscal Year 2017 omnibus spending bill that provides funding for the federal government through September 30, 2017.

This bipartisan bill provides $1.03 billion for CNCS to support our vital work to solve problems, strengthen communities, and expand economic opportunity. It funds Senior Corps, AmeriCorps (including VISTA and NCCC), the Volunteer Generation Fund, Evaluation, and other accounts at current levels. It provides slight increases for State Commissions and the Inspector General, and continues our focus on impact, accountability, and results. 

The budget includes no funding for the Social Innovation Fund (SIF). For the past seven years, the SIF has addressed critical challenges like chronic unemployment, systemic homelessness, and workforce readiness by investing in 469 evidence-based programs, attracting private-sector matching commitments totaling $700 million. Our SIF team has done an extraordinary job managing this program, which has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of low-income Americans. While SIF will not be able to provide 2017 continuation grants or hold a new competition, the SIF team will continue to manage their portfolio of existing grantees and begin working on close out plans.

Through the funding provided in this bill, CNCS and the thousands of nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations we support will continue to expand economic and educational opportunity and engage millions of Americans in solutions to our most pressing challenges. It is critical that we continue to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars by supporting high-quality programs, ensuring accountability, and investing resources to maximize the positive benefit to individuals and communities.

Thank you for you dedication to our vital work to empower citizens to solve local problems, expand opportunity, strengthen civil society, and unite our nation through service.  


Warmest Regards,

Kim Mansaray
Acting Chief Executive Officer
Corporation for National and Community Service

 PS.  For more information, please visit the budget page on the CNCS website.