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Corporation for National and Community Service: Day of Service Grants

Deadline: June 19, 2019

The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. Through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, CNCS has helped to engage millions of citizens in meeting community and national challenges through service and volunteer action. The Day of Service grant competition includes funding for both September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance (September 11th) and Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (MLK). Applicant organizations may apply for either September 11th, MLK, or both. Applicants may not submit more than one application for each Day of Service.

  • The purpose of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance grant funding is to mobilize more Americans to engage in service activities that meet vital community needs and honor the sacrifice of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, or who rose in service as a result of that tragedy
  • The purpose of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service grant funding is to mobilize more Americans to observe the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as a day of service in communities, to encourage those who serve on this holiday to make a long-term commitment to community service, and to bring people together to focus on service to others

CNCS is looking for applications that feature major activities occurring on September 11th or MLK as applicable or within approximately one week of the actual day, and engage a significant number of volunteers. In order to carry out Congress’s intent and to maximize the impact of investment in national service, this Day of Service Notice prioritizes grant funding in distinct areas for September 11th and MLK. For September 11th, CNCS will give priority consideration to applications that include a central focus on:

  • Engaging and supporting Veterans and Military Families in September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance activities
  • Developing educational materials or curriculum for youth, including a plan for curriculum distribution, and educating and engaging youth in service to honor September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance
  • Training volunteers who make a commitment for future service
  • Preparing communities for disasters

For MLK, CNCS will give priority consideration to applications that include a central focus on:

  • Providing support and/or facilitating access to services and resources for economically disadvantaged people
  • Training volunteers who make a commitment for future service

Amount: Approximately $2,200,000 is available to make awards averaging $50,000-$150,000, however, there is no minimum or maximum grant amount.

For MLK projects only, federal grant funds requested may not exceed 30 percent of the total program budget. Applicants are required to match funds equal to 70 percent of the total program budget. The applicant’s match can be cash and/or in-kind contributions matching funds. For September 11th, there is no requirement that the grant applicant provide matching funds.

Eligibility: Indian tribes; institutions of higher education; local governments; nonprofit organizations; and states.

Link: https://nationalservice.gov/build-your-capacity/grants/funding-opportunities/2019/fy-2019-day-service-grants

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