National Days of Service Funding


ServeOhio, in conjunction with AmeriCorps and the American Electric Power Foundation, provides grants to support community service projects organized for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January), Global Youth Service Day (April), ServeOhio Day (June), and Make a Difference Day (October). Non-profit and public organizations in Ohio including, but not limited to, volunteer connector organizations, school districts, community colleges, universities, and local governments are eligible to apply. 


2021 ServeOhio Day Grantees

ServeOhio is pleased to grant awards to support 10 local ServeOhio Day projects taking place June 19. Now in its third year, ServeOhio Day exists to encourage and promote hands-on volunteer engagement while school is out for the summer. The grants ServeOhio is providing will fund service projects in nine Ohio cities led by more than 300 volunteers. ServeOhio awards more than $14,000 in grants to support these projects with help from their 2020-2021 partners, American Electric Power Foundation and AmeriCorps. This year’s recipients include:

Community Food Initiatives, Athens
12 volunteers will build a shed in support of community gardeners, install a simple irrigation system, and work together to apply much-needed layers of mulch in common areas to help the Eastside Community Garden meet increased demands in community gardening.

COMPASS Family and Community Services, Youngstown 
8-10 volunteers will build and decorate a community garden in the backyard of Sojourner House Domestic Violence Shelter, as well as spread awareness of Sojourner House’s domestic violence resources and provide education about gardening. Volunteers and youth will also paint and decorate rocks to add a sense of ownership and personality to the garden.

Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, Tiffin
30 volunteers will prepare the Center’s community gardens, greenhouse, nature center, and trails for summer use, as well as create a new pollinator garden and butterfly trail area to celebrate the re-opening of their programs.

Greater Collinwood Development Corporation, Cleveland
30 volunteers will install a pocket park to beautify the vacant lot adjacent to the Five Pointe Community Center through landscaping, litter/debris removal, garden box installation and painting, community message board installation, and little free library installation.

Green Lawn Abbey, Columbus
10-15 volunteers will build a community garden on the grounds of the Green Lawn Abbey to revitalize a historic building, expand green spaces, bring the neighboring community together, and provide fresh, nutritious food to the community.

Lynchburg-Clay Local School District, Lynchburg
50 volunteers will work to beautify a neglected courtyard at the center of the school by removing dirt and gravel with an excavator, leveling and filling the area with gravel and decorative pea gravel, removing the sod layer of an overgrown grassy area and filling it with compost, mulching, planting flowers, and cleaning courtyard walkways.

Nehemiah Partners of Sandusky, Sandusky
30 volunteers will add new mulch to the Nehemiah Center playground and hang playground guidelines signs to help ensure the safety of the children the center serves.

Reaching the Nations International (RTNI), Columbus
18-25 volunteers will remove an old, rusty chain link fence that divides an RTNI ministry house in Trevitt from an empty, adjacent lot and install a chain link fence at the front, rear and side of the lot and ministry house location to ensure safe green spaces for youth and children in the inner city.

The Village Network, Wooster
10 youth volunteers who participate in the leadership and horticultural programs on TVN’s Wooster Campus will assist with the installation of two outdoor relief stations by weeding flower beds, planting flowers and shrubs, and spreading mulch and landscaping stones to help improve the grounds at the Wayne County Humane Society. Youth will also have time to interact with the animal population at the shelter.

The Westwood Right Project CDC, Dayton
100 or more volunteers will remove illegally dumped waste from vacant eyesore lots and install garden beds, trees and other plants to transform the lots into beautiful, vibrant garden spaces for the community.

Volunteers interested in serving in their community for ServeOhio Day or at any time throughout the year can visit Get Connected, ServeOhio’s statewide volunteer engagement platform.


Current Funding 

There are no current funding opportunities at this time. The next funding opportunity will be for Make a Difference Day and the application will be released in August. Questions? Contact




National Days of Service 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Occurs on the third Monday in January

Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off." The MLK Day of Service calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community." Visit AmeriCorps for more information on MLK Day of Service, 

Global Youth Service Day
Occurs in April

Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities through service.  GYSD is the largest service event in the world and the only one dedicated to the contributions that children and youth make 365 days of the year. Visit Youth Service America for more information on Global Youth Service Day. 

ServeOhio Day
Occurs on the summer solstice

ServeOhio Day intentionally takes place on summer solstice, the day in the year with the longest period of daylight, to maximize participation in a number of service projects ranging from educating at-risk youth about summer safety to community clean-ups.

Make A Difference Day
Occurs on the fourth Saturday in October

Make A Difference Day is the largest national day of volunteering to meet community needs. Make A Difference Day, which takes place on the 4th Saturday in October, is held in partnership with Points of Light and corporate sponsors.