Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission
Service Day Initiative - A Day On! Not A Day Off
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS, DUE NOVEMBER 15, 2013
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission of the City of Bloomington, Indiana, invites proposals for funding for service and educational activities beginning on or around the federal holiday, January 20, 2014. Organizations are invited to create projects that are dynamic and relevant by combining meaningful service and thoughtful reflection, and that provide volunteers with opportunities for sustained service and ongoing community involvement. Eligible applicants may include not-for-profit organizations, businesses, faith organizations, schools, community and neighborhood organizations, public and private agencies, student organizations, and organizations that serve veterans or military families.
Grant amounts will depend upon the number and quality of proposals funded, with amounts based partially on the number of volunteers to be utilized; projects using the greatest numbers of volunteers will receive more funding than those using fewer volunteers.
Projects utilizing fewer than 100 volunteers, may apply for up to $500
Projects utilizing 100 to 250 volunteers, may apply for up to $1,000
Projects utilizing 251 to 500 volunteers, may apply for up to $1,500
500+ volunteers, may apply for up to $2,000
Funding must be used prior to 5/31/14. If the source of your funding is federal, an earlier deadline may apply.
Projects will be approved for funding based upon the following criteria. The proposed activity will:
Get necessary things done in the community - address education, public safety, environmental, or other needs through direct service and citizen action, and strengthen the community through engaging in service - bring people together in pursuit of a common objective of value to the community;
Reflect the life and teaching of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - demonstrate Dr. King's proposition that "Everybody can be great, because everyone can serve";
Begin or occur in significant part on the federal holiday (January 20, 2014) and include on-going volunteer components according to the needs of your organization.;
Projects which include continued service during "40 Days of Peace" are particularly encouraged.
Projects which involve disadvantaged youth* or veterans or military families in service activities or as recipients of service are particularly encouraged.
[*Disadvantaged youth, as defined by the Corporation for National and Community Service, are youth up to 24 years old, who, because of characteristics, circumstances, experiences or insufficiencies, encounter financial, legal, social, educational, emotional and/or health problems and may have significant difficulties growing into adults who are responsible citizens, productive workers, involved members of communities, and good parents.]