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. 


Current Funding 

ServeOhio Day 2021 Project Grant Competition

ServeOhio is pleased to announce the availability of grants to support community service projects organized for ServeOhio Day on June 19, 2021. ServeOhio Day coincides with the summer solstice - the day with the longest period of daylight in the year - providing the most ample opportunity to volunteer annually. June 19th is also Juneteenth, a holiday celebrated to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States.


The primary intent is to support projects that create or improve community assets or infrastructure, such as parks, schools, senior centers, community gardens or low-income homes through volunteer engagement. Project grants may also be used to support educational events intended to encourage volunteerism or link populations in need with service providers. Projects that bring volunteers together in service to commemorate Juneteenth are also eligible for funding. Projects should be collaborative in nature, involve a broad spectrum of community participants, and benefit the larger community. 

If the project takes place in-person, applicants must explain how safety precautions (following recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health) will be put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Grant awards will be in the range of $500 to $2,000. Depending on amounts requested, an estimated five to ten grants will be awarded.  There is no matching requirement for these grants.  Consistent with the approved project budget, funds may be used for:

  • Supplies/materials
  • Volunteer Support

Funds requested should be commensurate with the number of volunteers engaged; the higher the grant request, the higher number of volunteers that should be engaged in the project. Funds may not be used for staffing, travel costs, gift cards, awards, or grantee administration/overhead costs.  Supplies/materials may include small equipment (useful life of two years or more) up to $100 unit cost. All awards will be paid by reimbursement upon submission of the project report and documentation of expenditures. 

Application Process

Non-profit and public organizations in Ohio including, but not limited to, volunteer centers, school districts, community colleges, universities, and local governments are eligible to apply.  The application form must be completed, signed, and submitted by Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 11:59 PM.      

ServeOhio staff and board members will review applications. Reviewers will evaluate proposals based on:

  • Volunteer involvement
  • Community need/project design
  • Use of broad-based community participation and collaboration
  • Number of volunteers engaged is commensurate with the funding request
  • Budgetary compliance

Other factors that may be considered include geographic diversity of projects and whether an applicant has received funding for another project in the past year. Funding preference will be given to applicants that do not currently receive other grant funding from ServeOhio.  All applicants will be notified of funding decisions by Friday, May 28, 2021.   

Please refer questions regarding the ServeOhio Day Project Grant Competition to Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss, Director of Strategic Engagement, at        





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 Gloabl 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.