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H.R.1388 - Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act
The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (formally the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act) authorizes a dramatic funding increase for AmeriCorps and other volunteer programs,and the creation of new programs for seniors and veterans. It establishes a goal of expanding from 75,000 government-supported volunteers to 250,000,and would increase education funding and establish a summer volunteer program for students,paying $500 (which would be applied to college costs) to high-school and middle-school student who participate.

President Barack Obama signed the legislation on April 21,2009. While it authorizes $5.7 billion over six years,Congress must still approve the funding as part of the budget.

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF), an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, is an innovative approach to transforming lives and communities that uses limited federal investment as a catalyst to grow community-based nonprofits with evidence of strong results. 

This model is distinguished by four key characteristics:
Reliance on outstanding existing grantmaking “intermediaries” to select high-impact community organizations rather than building new government infrastructure.
A requirement that each federal dollar granted be matched 1-to-1 by the grantees and again by their subgrantees with money from private and other non-federal sources, thereby increasing the return on taxpayer dollars and strengthening local support.
Emphasis on rigorous evaluations of program results not only to improve accountability but also to build a stronger marketplace of organizations with evidence of impact.
Effective leverage of the grant program to share knowledge and insights with the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.
The SIF was established in 2009 under the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.

Maryland Recovery

On Feb. 13, 2009, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 at the urging of President Obama, who signed it into law four days later. A direct response to the economic crisis, the Recovery Act has three immediate goals:
Create new jobs and save existing ones
Spur economic activity and invest in long-term growth
Foster unprecedented levels of accountability and transparency in government spending

The Recovery Act intended to achieve those goals by providing $787 billion in:
Tax cuts and benefits for millions of working families and businesses
Funding for entitlement programs, such as unemployment benefits
Funding for federal contracts, grants and loans

In 2011, the original expenditure estimate of $787 billion was increased to $840 billion to be in line with the President's 2012 budget and with scoring changes made by the Congressional Budget Office since the enactment of the Recovery Act.

In addition to offering financial aid directly to local school districts, expanding the Child Tax Credit, and underwriting the computerization of health records, the Recovery Act is targeted at infrastructure development and enhancement. For instance, the Act provides for the weatherizing of 75 percent of federal buildings and more than one million private homes. Construction and repair of roads and bridges as well as scientific research and the expansion of broadband and wireless service are being funded.

In Maryland $8,358,621,658 has been awarded to support 6,053 programs. The specifics of those awards can be found at:
www.recovery.gov/Transparency/RecoveryData/Pages/RecipientReportedDataMap.aspx


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