NEWS: Delta Regional Authority issues DeltaCorps funding opportunity for local organizations

January 30, 2017

Financial support will deploy AmeriCorps members across region

MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) will provide funding for high-performing local organizations across its eight-state region to help improve economic opportunity in their communities. DRA anticipates having DeltaCorps member slots available beginning September 2017.

Notices of intent to apply for funding must be submitted by April 28 and completed applications are due May 12. The Notice of Intent to Apply and the full Notice of Funding Opportunity can be found on the DRA website at dra.gov/deltacorps. Organizations with a focus on economic opportunity and workforce development are strongly encouraged to apply.

“Service is an opportunity for DeltaCorps members to give back to their communities and meet vital economic development needs in the Mississippi River Delta Region and the Black Belt of Alabama Region,” DRA Chairman Masingill said. “Projects that seek DRA funding could include focusing on improving literacy, promoting environmental stewardship, enhancing access to healthcare, supporting military veterans and building infrastructure so communities across the Delta Region are better prepared for disasters.”

DeltaCorps, a program of AmeriCorps and the Delta Regional Authority, seeks to engage individuals and organizations in intensive service across the 252 counties and parishes in the DRA footprint. Service focuses on improving economic opportunities by helping create jobs, build communities and improve the lives of the Delta’s 10 million residents. Since 1994, AmeriCorps has attracted 1 million members who have contributed more than 1.2 billion service hours to communities across the nation.

Organizations seeking funding will undergo an internal and external six- to eight-week review process, with awards scheduled to be made in July. Projects must take place between September 2017-August 2018.

DRA estimates it will contribute $17,500 per DeltaCorps member, with positions available in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. Participating organizations must provide a $2,000 cash match per DeltaCorps member that is applied toward the member’s living allowance.

DeltaCorps' first class began in 2016 to support organizations in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Jonesboro, Little Rock, and Memphis. Most recently, DeltaCorps members served to help renovate the 100-year-old home of an elderly New Orleans couple to honor the memory and service commitment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 

About the Delta Regional Authority
The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. These investments enhance the basic public infrastructure, transportation, workforce development, small businesses and entrepreneurs, and disaster resilience of Delta communities. Learn more at DRA.gov.

About AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and other programs, and leads President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit nationalservice.gov.

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Media Contact:
Andrew Moreau
202-744-3558
amoreau@dra.gov

DeltaCorps Program Manager:
Angela Pinckard-Hale
501-569-8479
apinckard-hale@dra.gov