WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken recently announced that Minnesota has received nearly $25 million in AmeriCorps funding.

The grants are from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for service initiatives and volunteering.

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"AmeriCorps members represent the best of Minnesota-they see the challenges facing our communities and they face them with action, by getting to work to improve the lives of their neighbors and strengthen their communities across our state," Klobuchar said. "Investing in these initiatives will have ripple effects throughout our state."

In addition to the grants, AmeriCorps members will also receive post-service Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling over $11 million to help pay for college or student loans.

"In Minnesota, we understand the value of serving our communities and supporting our neighborhoods, and that's exactly why AmeriCorps is so important," Franken said. "Each and every day, Minnesotans who serve in AmeriCorps are bettering lives and improving conditions for people all over the state, which is why I'm so pleased to see this new injection of funding into a program that I fight for every year."