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. 


Make a Difference Day 2021

Make A Difference Day is the largest national day of community service, where hundreds of Ohioans plan service projects each year involving corporations, communities, nonprofit organizations and individual volunteers. ServeOhio will fund 13 projects for Make a Difference Day 2021. These projects will occur in 12 cities and involve more than 350 volunteers.

The ServeOhio project grants will support local projects throughout Ohio that commit to bringing volunteers together to create or improve community assets or infrastructure such as parks, schools, senior centers, community gardens or low-income homes. The various projects involve a broad spectrum of community participants, include collaborative partnerships, and benefit entire communities around Ohio.

The Make a Difference Day 2021 recipients are:

  • City of East Liverpool, Liverpool – 20+ volunteers will assist in landscaping lots where abandoned houses were demolished. The landscaping will help beautify the lots and prevent the empty lots from attracting dumping.
  • Clinton County Youth Council, Wilmington – 75+ volunteers will participate in beautification of the Luther Warren Peace Path and youth center campus, planting of native trees, and improving accessibility to the public disc golf course.
  • Kiwanis Club of Portsmouth, Portsmouth – 40 high school and college aged volunteers will partner with Key Club and Circle K members to visit with 2nd grade students to read to them and encourage students to get excited about reading.
  • LifeCare Alliance, Columbus – 20 volunteers will package portions of cat food to be distributed to Senior Pet Care clients. This will allow clients to care for their pets and maintain their ability to stay safe and independent in the comfort of their homes.
  • Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, Cleveland – 10-15 volunteers will assist in creating a garden plot and landscaping in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood for people experiencing homelessness.
  • Middelburg Heights Community United Christian Church, Middleburg Heights – 25+ volunteers will build and stock a Little Food Pantry in a highly traveled corner of church property to provide ready access to emergency food.
  • Northridge Local Schools, Granville – 30-40 volunteers will safely remove and transport plants and shrubs from a closed school building to a new building connected to the rest of the districts school buildings. New plants and mulching will also be added to the landscaping of the new building.
  • Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association, Jackson – 30 volunteers will replace swing sets, repair tennis courts, and beautify Eddie Jones Park to allow for community members to feel more welcome.
  • Owens Community College, Toledo – 12 volunteers will remove clothing racks, build and install shelves, and organize and display a variety of basic living items in a Free Store in the Center for Campus and Community Connections.
  • Sandusky Valley Domestic Violence Shelter, Fostoria – 5-10 volunteers will weed, lay weed killing fabric, and spread rocks into large flower beds to make them easier to maintain. The neater beds will help reassure residents feel they are entering a safe and cared for facility.
  • Serve City, Hamilton – 15-18 volunteers will create a covered community table to allow for after hours donations without exposing them to the elements. Volunteers will also create an outdoor congregation space by constructing and installing benches and planters.
  • Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses, Inc., Cincinnati – 25 volunteers will work with West End residents to clean up litter and tend to the community garden.
  • Westside Free Store Ministries, Columbus – 10-20 volunteers will provide 1:1 assistance with selection of coats for a coat, hat, and gloves give-away. Volunteers will also assist in the preparation and distribution of a hot meal.


Current Funding

There are no funding opportunities available at this time. The next grant competition will be for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day which will be released in November. 




ServeOhio 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.