In September 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 which created AmeriCorps as we know it today and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which oversees it. This Act allowed for better organization and expanded opportunities for Americans to serve their communities. In April 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. The Serve America Act reauthorizes and expands national service programs administered by CNCS by amending the National and Community Service Act of 1990 and the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973.
Serve America Act
Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009
On April 21, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act at an elementary school in Washington, D.C. (read more). The Serve America Act reauthorizes and expands national service programs administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service by amending the National and Community Service Act of 1990 (NCSA) and the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973 (DVSA).
Serve America Act Implementation Update (4/17/09)
Serve America Act Summary (4/21/09)
More on AmeriCorps Legislation History
On August 20, 2010, the Corporation for National and Community Service issued a final rule implementing changes in the National Service Trust and other provisions as directed by the Serve America Act. The final rule was developed after a thorough review of extensive public input. It makes a number of changes that will further our goal of expanding opportunities for Americans to serve by increasing incentives, expanding eligibility, and improving the benefits for those who answer the call to serve.
Read the final rule
Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act expanded the authorities of the National Service Trust, including changing the basis for the amount of the award and expanding its available uses. While the Serve America Act goes into effect on Oct. 1, 2009, not all of the changes will go into effect on that date. Many new authorities, including expanded authority for the number of terms one may serve in an approved national service position, must undergo rulemaking before they go into effect. Other authorities will become effective immediately, but the processes for implementing these provisions will require rulemaking. For example, while transferability of the educational award will be available for individuals age 55 and older who begin serving on or after October 1, 2009, the process for making a transfer is forthcoming.
Social Innovation Fund
The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) is a powerful approach to transforming lives and communities that positions the federal government to be a catalyst for impact -- mobilizing public and private resources to find and grow community solutions with evidence of strong results. A key White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the SIF has the simple but vital goal of finding solutions that work, and making them work for more people. It unites public and private resources to evaluate and grow innovative community-based solutions that have evidence of results in low-income communities in thre CNCS priority areas: economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development. In just a few years the SIF and private-sector partners have invested more than half a billion dollars in compelling community solutions.
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