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Kansas Volunteer Commission seeking applications for mini-grant series

Posted: Oct 19, 2018
Author: Ann Bush

Funds will support organizations planning projects for MLK Day of Service

The Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC) is announcing funding of up to $5,000 to support local organizations leveraging at least 10 volunteers in community service or service-learning projects on or around Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is Jan. 21, 2019.

Any Kansas public or private nonprofit organizations, public or private schools, institutions of higher education and government operating in the state of Kansas are invited to apply. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the president's national call to service initiative.

These mini-grants offer eligible entities grant funding to effectively recruit and engage volunteers in meaningful service activities or to deliver a service learning activity that relates to Dr. King. A service-learning activity is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.

All project activities must take place from Jan. 11 through Jan. 28, 2019. Preference will be given to applicants that engage one other community partner in the planning, collaboration or execution of the event. Service activities should engage a minimum of 10 volunteers. Paid staff members may not count as volunteers.

The Commission expects to make awards of up to $500 to organizations with a dollar-for-dollar match requirement. This is a cost-reimbursement grant funding opportunity.

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

  • Nov. 16, 2018: Applications due by 5 p.m.
  • Nov. 30, 2018: Official notification of awards.

For the complete application guidelines, blank application and W-9 form, visit www.kanserve.org or contact Ashley Christiansen at (785) 368-7436 or achristiansen@ksde.org.

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The mission of the Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC) is to empower all Kansans to meet community needs through service. The Commission's primary role is to provide resources and leadership to support local initiatives that tackle community needs. As the state service commission, the KVC directs effective national service programs, provides volunteer management training opportunities and supports the work of Kansas Mentors. For more information, visit www.kanserve.org.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. The agency engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation's volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.

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