White House Releases FY23 Budget

The Biden-Harris Administration sent their fiscal year 2023 budget to Congress and requested $1.34 billion for the Corporation for National and Community Service/AmeriCorps agency, an increase of $189.3 million over the FY22 enacted level.

Leveraging annual appropriations, as well as remaining American Rescue Plans Act funds, the President’s budget proposes to make important, targeted investments in the AmeriCorps programs to support over 250,000 national service participants in fiscal year 2023.

The budget recommends modest increases across every account and program to engage over 83,000 AmeriCorps members and 174,000 AmeriCorps Seniors in meeting ongoing health, economic, and education needs related to the pandemic, as well expanding in the areas of disaster response, environmental stewardship and climate resiliency. This budget calls for investing in communities where the need is the greatest and enhancing efforts to recruit members who reflect the communities they serve.  This budget would fund increases in the AmeriCorps living allowance and education award, and it would increase the stipend for low-income seniors participating in the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs to $3.65 per hour.

The Administration is seeking legislative changes to allow individuals with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Status to earn AmeriCorps Education Awards and to allow AmeriCorps VISTA members who are 55 years of age or older to transfer their Education Award to a child, stepchild, grandchild or foster child.  Similar language to permit VISTAs to transfer their education award was included in the FY22 Omnibus Appropriations bill that President Biden signed into law earlier this month.

In their budget materials, the AmeriCorps Agency also rolled out a new five-year Strategic Plan with the following goals:

  1. Partner with communities to alleviate poverty and advance racial equity
  2. Enhance the experience for AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers
  3. Unite Americans by bringing them together in service
  4. Effectively steward federal resources
  5. Make AmeriCorps one of the best and most equitable places to work in the Federal Government

While presidential budgets are non-binding and rarely passed in their exact form, this budget is a blueprint telegraphing the administration’s priorities. In the coming months, congressional leaders will meet to draft the annual spending bills and determine funding levels for all federal programs for FY23.

Corporation for National and Community Service Budget

CNCS Program FY21 Enacted (Annual) FY21 Enacted (ARPA) FY22 Enacted FY23 White House Increase over FY22
AmeriCorps State and National 455.1M 620M  466.75M 557.094M 90.345M
AmeriCorps VISTA 97.4M 80M  100.29M 106.264M 5.979M
AmeriCorps NCCC 33.5M 0  34.51M 37.735M 3.23M
National Service Trust 185M 148M  190.55M 235M 44.45M
AmeriCorps Seniors 225.02M 30M  230.77M 245.15M 14.38M
  – RSVP 53.4M  53.96M 55.105M 1.149M
  – Foster Grandparents 118.8M  122.36M 131.335M 8.972M
  – Senior Companions 52.9M  54.45M 58.705M 4.256M
Volunteer Generation Fund 6.4M 20M  6.56M 6.7M 142K
State Commission Support Grants 18.5M 20M  19.09M 19.538M 444K
Days of Service 3.2M 0  3.33M 3.4M 70K
Evaluation 4M 0 4.12M 6.250M 2.130M
CNCS Salaries and Expenses 86.49M 73M  88.08M 114.686M 26.604M
Inspector General 6.5M 9M 6.595M 8.121 1.526M
CNCS TOTAL 1.121B 1.0B  1.151B 1.34B 189.30M


Voices for National Service’s statement on the administration’s FY23 budget request (PDF)

AmeriCorps Agency’s budget page and FY23 Congressional Budget Justification (PDF)

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