Community service programs in Washington state received a financial boost recently thanks to $15.8 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency responsible for AmeriCorps and other national service programs.

The funds were awarded to Serve Washington, the state’s commission on national and community service, and will be allocated to Washington nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and educational institutions.

“This year, our AmeriCorps members will help close achievement gaps for school-age children, prepare low-income students for higher education, protect our environment, and so much more,” Gov. Jay Inslee said in a press release. “As they serve, they not only make tremendous contributions to our communities, they also expand opportunities for themselves by gaining skills and experience to jump-start their careers.”

Serve Washington received the third-largest competitive grant amount received by any one state. The $15.8 million in federal funds received will be matched by more than $17.5 million in local resources.

“Serve Washington is honored to partner with nonprofits and state agencies across Washington to bring these federal resources to our communities,” said Serve Washington Executive Director Amber Martin-Jahn.

Since the program’s inception in 1994, more than 1 million men and women have served in AmeriCorps, providing more than 1.4 billion hours of service. They have earned more than $3.6 billion in education awards to pay for college or pay back student loans, of which more than $1 billion has been used to repay student loan debt.