The Virginia Service Foundation is now accepting applications for 2023 Service Project Mini-Grants as part of MLK Day of Service.
Qualifying organizations may be eligible for an award of up to $250 to use towards hosting a service project connected to the MLK Day of Service and promoting the vision for a beloved community. A limited number of grants are available and applications will be scored based on project scope and community benefits. Applications will be accepted until midnight on November 7, 2022 .
For more information about the grant opportunity and the application questions, please check out this guide. The application process is easy and quick–Apply today!
If you need an offline application or have technical difficulties, please reach out to VirginiaServiceFoundation@gmail.com.
What is MLK Day of Service?
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a defining moment each year when Americans across the country step up to make our communities more equitable and take action to create the Beloved Community of Dr. King’s dream. While Dr. King believed the Beloved Community was possible, he acknowledged and fought for systemic change. His example is our call to action.
Observed each year on the third Monday in January, MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. AmeriCorps has been charged with leading this effort for the past quarter century.
Making time to volunteer for MLK Day of Service is a great way to engage with your community while honoring the legacy of Dr. King. Whether you plan on cleaning up a public space, mentoring a young person, or assisting those who are food insecure, what you do makes a world of difference.
What types of projects are eligible for a mini grant?
Gathering together in service shows the power of volunteerism to solve problems, as well as renew and strengthen communities, families, and ourselves. As more families are dealing with challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that we don’t turn inward, but instead create common cause. Any project that supports the community in a tangible way and is submitted by an eligible organization will be considered.
Any public or private nonprofit organization, serving the Commonwealth of Virginia, includes faith-based and other community organizations, public or private schools, higher education institutions, and government entities. Projects must take place in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Projects must take place in January 2023, preferably the week of or before January 16th, 2023 (MLK Day).