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Corporation for National and Community Service: Day of Service Grants

Deadline: February 22, 2017

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. The Day of Service grant competition includes funding for both September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance and Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Applicant organizations may apply for either September 11th, MLK, or both.

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.

The Day of Service opportunity 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; or developing educational materials or curriculum for youth, including a plan for curriculum distribution and educating youth about service to honor September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.
  • For MLK, CNCS will give priority consideration to applications that include a central focus on: reflection on the life and teaching of Martin Luther King, Jr.; or providing support and/or facilitating access to services and resources for economically disadvantaged people as demonstrated through use of economic opportunity performance measures.

CNCS will give priority consideration to applications that feature major activities occurring on September 11th or MLK Day as applicable or within approximately one week of the actual day.

Amount: CNCS anticipates approximately $600,000 for September 11th, 2017 awards and $750,000 for MLK 2017 awards will be available. CNCS expects to make awards in the range of $50,000 to $150,000 for each Day of Service.

Applicants are required to match funds equal to 25 percent of their requested program budget for September 11th and 70 percent of their requested program budget for MLK. The applicant’s match can be cash and/or in-kind contributions matching funds. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to meet the 25 and/or 70 percent match requirement at the time of application submission.

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

Link: https://www.nationalservice.gov/build-your-capacity/grants/funding-opportunities/2017/fy-2017-day-service-grants

Note: CNCS strongly encourages applicants to submit a Notification of Intent to Apply for this competition. Notifications of Intent to Apply should be submitted by Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 3:00 MST.

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