2021 MLK Day of Service Project Grant Competition
ServeOhio, in partnership with American Electric Power Foundation and the AmeriCorps Volunteer Generation Fund, announces the availability of grants to support community service projects organized for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 18, 2021.
The intent is to support projects that create or improve community assets or infrastructure, such as parks, schools, senior centers, community gardens, and low-income homes. Due to unique circumstances regarding the pandemic, online projects and events will also be considered for funding. Project grants support local community engagement projects that improve economic opportunity such as promoting financial literacy. In addition to community infrastructure projects, MLK Day project-grants must also incorporate an education component so projects create long-term, sustainable change on issues and on people. Projects should be collaborative in nature and involve a broad spectrum of community participants. Benefits must accrue to the community as a whole, not simply to the applicant organization and its constituents.
If the project will take place in-person, applicant must explain how safety precautions in accordance with 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:
- 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.
Nonprofit 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 December 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM.
ServeOhio staff and board members will review applications. Reviewers will evaluate proposals based on:
- Community need/project design
- Use of broad-based community participation and collaboration
- Number of volunteers engaged is commensurate with the funding request
- Budgetary compliance
- Safety precautions to prevent spread of COVID-19
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 presently receive other grant funding from ServeOhio. All applicants will be notified of funding decisions by Friday, December 18, 2020.
Please refer questions regarding the MLK Day Project Grant Competition to Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss, Outreach & Education Officer, at Rebeccah.Verhoff-Kiss@serveohio.gov.