2021 Global Youth Service Day Project Grant Competition
ServeOhio, in conjunction with its partners American Electric Power Foundation and AmeriCorps Volunteer Generation Fund, announces the availability of grants to support youth-focused community service projects organized for Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) on April 23 - 25, 2021.
The primary intent is to support projects that engage youth to create or improve community assets or infrastructure, such as parks, schools, senior centers, community gardens or low-income homes. Due to unique circumstances regarding the pandemic, online projects and events will also be considered for funding. Grants may also be used to support educational events intended to encourage youth volunteerism or link populations in need with service providers. 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 youth 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 are eligible to apply including, but not limited to, volunteer centers, school districts, community colleges, universities, and local governments. The application form must be completed, signed, and submitted by Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 5:00 PM.
ServeOhio staff and board members will review applications. Reviewers will evaluate proposals based on:
- Youth 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 March 12, 2021.
Please refer questions regarding the GYSD Project Grant Competition to Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss, Director of Strategic Engagement at Rebeccah.Verhoff-Kiss@serveohio.gov.