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 DC (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 (10/1/09)
Serve America Act Summary (3/31/09)
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 through 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.
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
Housed at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the Social Innovation Fund will help solve some of our nationís most difficult social challenges. The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) will work with the grantmaking community to fund promising nonprofits that have demonstrated outcomes. It will provide nonprofits with growth funding and other support to scale and spread their impact.