House and Senate appropriators released a $1.66 trillion FY23 omnibus funding package to fund the federal government through September 2023 that includes $1.313 billion for the AmeriCorps agency.
The omnibus includes $772.5 billion for non-defense discretionary programs, $858 billion in defense funding, $44.9 billion in emergency assistance to Ukraine and NATO allies, and $40.6 billion to assist communities across the country recovering from drought, hurricanes, flooding, wildfire, natural disasters and other matters.
If this version of the FY23 spending bill passes, it will increase funding for the AmeriCorps programs by $162 million, 14% more than the year before. While this is $27 million below President Biden’s FY23 budget request, the omnibus funds the national service agency at a level that is $87.5 million more than the Senate originally proposed and $12.2 million more than the House recommended.
The omnibus includes funding increases to every AmeriCorps account, including $557 million for AmeriCorps State and National. This is the funding level that the agency requires to execute its planned increases in the AmeriCorps living allowance and cost/member and to maintain the current footprint of participants in 2023.
The omnibus also increases the maximum Pell Grant by $500 to $7,395. A full-time AmeriCorps Education Award is the equivalent to the maximum value of the Pell Grant and AmeriCorps positions approved between October 2023-September 2024 will be eligible for this higher award.
A stop gap measure is currently funding the government until midnight, December 23rd. Congress is working to pass this massive spending package before the continuing resolution expires.
|Program||FY22 Enacted||FY23 Omnibus||Change from FY22|
|AmeriCorps State and National||$466.75M||$557.09M||+$90.345M|
|National Service Trust||$190.55M||$230M||+$39.45M|
|– Foster Grandparents||$122.36M||$125.363M||+$3M|
|– Senior Companions||$54.45M||$56.449M||+$2M|
|Volunteer Generation Fund||$6.56M||$8.558M||+$2M|
|State Commission Support Grants||$19.09M||$19.538M||+$444K|
|Days of Service||$3.33M||$6.148M||+$2.8M|
|CNCS Salaries and Expenses||$88.08M||$99.686M||+$11.604M|
Press release from the Senate Appropriations Committee on the release of the FY23 Omnibus Appropriations bill.