Volunteer Tennessee Commission Announces $8 Million in AmeriCorps Grants to 18 Tennessee Organizations

Monday, July 01, 2024 | 09:45am
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NASHVILLE, TN – For 30 years, Volunteer Tennessee has invested in programs to meet the most pressing needs in communities across the state. To continue that legacy, the governor-appointed commission is proud to invest over $8 million of 2024-25 AmeriCorps grant funding in 18 organizations across the state.

“We are excited to leverage this grant funding from AmeriCorps to address some of the toughest problems facing our state,” said Amy Walter, chair of the Volunteer Tennessee commission. “From homelessness to school readiness and food insecurity to environmental improvements, AmeriCorps members strengthen communities and improve lives while developing key civic and leadership skills. I congratulate these outstanding organizations and thank all those who serve Tennessee through AmeriCorps.”

These grants will empower more than 830 AmeriCorps members across Tennessee. Each program recruits AmeriCorps members who tackle critical challenges throughout the state. They address various needs, including supporting students with tutoring and mentoring, providing health services, restoring the environment, increasing economic opportunities, and recruiting and managing volunteers.

Of the $557 million awarded in AmeriCorps State and National federal funding, $8.14 million has been granted to Volunteer Tennessee to invest in nonprofit organizations and public agencies across the state.  AmeriCorps’ unique funding model maximizes federal investment by leveraging an additional $18 million from the private sector, foundations, and other sources.

AmeriCorps will also provide nearly $6 million in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants in Tennessee. After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members receive an award of approximately $7,400 that they can use to pay for college or to pay off student loans. 

The grants awarded will support AmeriCorps members in all three regions of Tennessee, including Teach for America, Martha O’Bryan Center, Emerald Youth Foundation, and Bridges USA. A complete list of awards, including organizations and funding totals can be found below.



  • ArtistYearFunding Awarded: $350,000/ 20 AmeriCorps members will serve in K-12 schools to expand schools' capacity to offer creative, artistic learning experiences in the Metro Nashville area.
  • Hands On Nashville/United Way of Greater Nashville – Funding Awarded: $285,750/ 25 AmeriCorps members will build the capacity of local nonprofits while receiving professional development training.
  • Martha O’Bryan CenterFunding Awarded: $321,390/ 21 AmeriCorps members will serve children, youth, and adults to transform their lives through education at 7 program locations.
  • Teach For America: Nashville-ChattanoogaFunding Awarded: $120,000/ 120 AmeriCorps members will teach in under-resourced schools.
  • University of the SouthFunding Awarded: $263,491/ 29 AmeriCorps members will address social determinants of health in rural Appalachia across and surrounding the South Cumberland Plateau, including access to food, education, economic stability, social and community context, and health care services.


  • BRIDGES USA, Inc.Funding Awarded: $268,250/ 36 AmeriCorps members will work with 4,000 youth to develop life, leadership, academic, and civic engagement skills.
  • City Year Memphis - Funding Awarded: $1,000,000/ 42 AmeriCorps members will serve as mentors to improve literacy, math, and social-emotional skills in 7 schools.
  • Literacy Mid-South – Funding Awarded: $82,893/ 42 AmeriCorps members will provide equitable access to high-quality literacy interventions in historically under-resourced communities.
  • Memphis Teacher ResidencyFunding Awarded: $900,000/ 36 AmeriCorps members will support classroom instruction as apprentice teachers for academically challenged public schools.
  • Porter-Leath - Funding Awarded: $450,000/ 52 AmeriCorps members will provide educational enrichment activities and support Books from Birth.
  • Relay Graduate School of EducationFunding Awarded: $40,000/ 40 AmeriCorps members serve as full-time teachers impacting students' educational and life outcomes in historically underserved communities. This program leads members to teaching certification for K-12 students.
  • Teach for America: MemphisFunding Awarded: $85,000/ 85 AmeriCorps members will increase academic achievement in low-income and under-resourced schools in Memphis and Shelby County.


Additional info: AmeriCorps service and benefits.

AmeriCorps members typically receive a modest living allowance and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of their service. Since the agency’s inception in 1994, nearly 1.2 million AmeriCorps members have served the nation. In Tennessee, more than 16,000 Tennessee residents have served approximately 30 million hours through AmeriCorps, earning Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $60.6 million.



Volunteer Tennessee, the Governor’s commission on volunteerism and service, builds capacity and sustainability in Tennessee’s volunteer sector. Since 1994, Volunteer Tennessee has provided more than $95 million in AmeriCorps grants and volunteer center grants to local agencies throughout the state. The funding engages volunteers to meet local needs in education, social services, health and wellness, public safety, and the environment. The commission is a 25-member, bi-partisan volunteer citizen board appointed by the Governor and eleven State Government ex-officio representatives. For more information, visit www.volunteertennessee.net or visit us on Facebook, X, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism, provides opportunities for Americans to serve their country domestically, address the nation’s most pressing challenges, improve lives and communities, and strengthen civic engagement. Each year, the agency places more than 200,000 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers in intensive service roles and empowers millions more to serve as long-term, short-term, or one-time volunteers. Learn more at AmeriCorps.gov.