Serve DC – The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism is offering grants to support community service projects organized for the 2011 Fall Seasons of Service Days, which include the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (September 11, 2011) and Make A Difference Day (October 22, 2011). This year, the goal of the grant competition is to engage persons of all backgrounds regardless of disability, race, national origin, or religion with a focus on one of four areas: education, workforce development, HIV/AIDS, or veterans and military families. Grants worth up to $5000 each will be awarded.
9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance
The September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance was started by 9/11 family members and support groups as a way to honor the victims and heroes of that tragic day. Serve DC seeks to engage all District residents to sustain the remarkable spirit of unity and service that brought America and the world together in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
Make a Difference Day
Known as the "national day to help others," Make a Difference Day is a national effort to mobilize citizens in communities across the country in volunteer service. Make a Difference Day is sponsored by USA WEEKEND Magazine and held in partnership with the HandsON Network and is supported by Newman's Own, in collaboration with celebrities, government, nonprofits and businesses. On this day, District residents will “do good” and engage hundreds of volunteers.
Criteria for eligible applicants: Eligible applicants are local nonprofit organizations, public schools, universities, community groups, faith-based organizations, state and local units of government, and public organizations. Programs applying to Serve DC for funding must conduct the project within the District of Columbia.
An organization described in Section 501 (c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. 501 (c)(4) that engages in lobbying activities is not eligible to apply, serve as a host site for the project or act in any type of supervisory role in the program. Individuals are not eligible to apply.
Additionally, applicants must propose to institute a closeout activity with a reflection component to promote long term service commitment.
Serve DC anticipates awarding grants of up to $5,000 for the 2011 Fall Service Day competition. The actual number and dollar amount of the awards will depend upon the number of approved applications received and requested dollar amounts.
All eligible applicants must meet all of the applicable requirements contained in the application guidelines and instructions. The Fall Service Day Grant Application will be given out at the TA sessions.
The deadline for completed applications is Friday, June 10, 2011 at 5 pm.
All interested applicants must register and attend one TA session in order to apply for funds. Each TA session will be held at the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center, 2000 14th Street, NW, Suite 101, Washington, DC 20009. The schedule is as follows:
- Wednesday, May 11, 2011 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm
- Thursday, May 19, 2011 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm
- Tuesday, May 31, 2011 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Sessions will start promptly at 5:30 pm and those more than 15 minutes late will not be admitted.
To RSVP for a TA session, please contact:
National Service Cross-Stream VISTA