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MLK Day of Service Funding Available!

MLK Day of Service 2019 Project Grant Competition

ServeOhio, Ohio’s commission on service and volunteerism, in conjunction with its Stewards of Service Honda of America, AEP Foundation, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, is pleased to announce the availability of grants to support community service projects organized for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 21, 2019.


The intent is to support projects that create or improve community assets or infrastructure, such as parks, schools, senior centers, community gardens, and low-income homes. Project grants support local community engagement projects that improve economic opportunity such as promoting financial literacy. In addition to community infrastructure projects, MLK Day mini-grants must also incorporate an education component so projects create long-term, sustainable change on issues and on people. Projects should be collaborative in nature and involve a broad spectrum of community participants. Benefits must accrue to the community as a whole, not simply to the applicant organization and its constituents.


Grant awards will be in the range of $500 to $1,000. Depending on amounts requested, an estimated fifteen to twenty grants will be awarded.  There is no matching requirement for these grants.  Consistent with the approved project budget, funds may be used for:

  • Supplies/materials
  • 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. Costs for volunteer support, including custom printed clothing items and food for volunteers, may not exceed 30% of total grant costs.   All awards will be paid by reimbursement upon submission of the project report and documentation of expenditures.


Application Process

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, December 4, 2018 at 5:00 PM.    

ServeOhio staff and board members will review applications. Reviewers will evaluate proposals based on:

  • Community need/project design
  • Use of broad-based community participation and collaboration
  • Number of volunteers engaged is commensurate with the funding request
  • Budgetary compliance (volunteer support costs may not exceed 30% of total grant costs)

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 presently receive other grant funding from ServeOhio.  All applicants will be notified of funding decisions by Friday, December 14, 2018.   

Please refer questions regarding the MLK Day Project Grant Competition to Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss, Outreach & Education Officer, at Rebeccah.Verhoff-Kiss@serveohio.gov.

CLICK HERE to download the MLK Day Grant Application.

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