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MLK Day Grants and Partnership Opportunities Available

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has provided grants to Campus Compact, Cesar Chavez Foundation, HOPE worldwide, Points of Light, Service for Peace, and Youth Service America to plan and carry out projects that bring Americans together to serve in their communities in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. These MLK Day grantees are making available sub-grant funds to organizations that plan service activities for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

Below is information on some of the available MLK Day grants, including who can apply, the topical focus of each Request for Proposal (RFP) and the deadline date.  For more information on each RFP, please click the grantee’s name below.

Service for Peace

Service for Peace has closed its grant competition, but there are still opportunities to partner for the 2014 MLK Day of Service.

Service for Peace has a comprehensive plan for MLK Day 2014 that aims to achieve the following:

  • Implementation of MLK projects and the 40 Days of Peace in at least 10 states engaging larger numbers of volunteers and partners than past years;
  • Recruitment of veterans, military families & students to service;
  • Improvement of the lives of disadvantaged youth & military families;
  • Strengthening of communities engaged in service through “Communities of Peace”;
  • Growing the impact of the MLK Day connected to Dr. King’s teachings.

For more information, please contact Service for Peace at

Youth Service America

Target audience/who can apply: 

  • Volunteer centers
  • Nonprofits and  community organizations
  • K-12 schools / school districts
  • Colleges and universities
  • Youth development  organizations
  • Organizations working with veterans and military families

RFP focus area(s): 

  • Engaging 3,000 volunteers;  including at least 1,000 youth volunteers, ages 5-25, and their families
  • Partnering with organizations, including:
  • schools
  • youth development organizations
  • local businesses
  • veteran and military family organizations
  • Veterans and military families
  • Education (reading, tutoring, mentoring)

Due: September 30, 2013

HOPE worldwide

Target audience/who can apply:

At-risk neighborhoods and statistically at-risk populations for home fires as determined by local fire departments, local data, or US Census data. Applicants may include, but are not limited to:

  • HOPE worldwide chapters
  • American Red Cross chapters or other local affiliates of disaster preparedness and/or response organizations
  • AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs
  • Local emergency management agencies or fire departments
  • Institutions of higher education

RFP focus area(s): 

  • Disaster Preparedness (specifically fire prevention activities)

Due: October 1, 2013

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