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:
- 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.
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 Rebeccah.Verhoff-Kiss@serveohio.gov.