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Grants to Kansas Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, and Tribes for Volunteer Projects

MLK Day of Service Mini-Grant

Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #150379

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $1,000 to Kansas nonprofit organizations, school districts, institutions of higher education, government agencies, tribes, and other organizations for volunteer projects and activities across the state. Funding is intended to strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and create solutions to social problems. The goal of the grants is to help applicants recruit and engage volunteers in meaningful service activities or to deliver a service-learning activity that relates to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Priority will be given to projects that engage underrepresented populations.

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. 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 and paid staff may not count as volunteers.

The Commission will select recipients based on the quality of the application, the need and impact of the proposed activities, and the organization's demonstrated readiness to implement the proposed project.

For information about the responsibilities of mini-grant recipients, see Page 2 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible to apply: public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and other community organizations; school districts, institutions of higher education; government entities within states or territories (e.g., cities, counties); labor organizations; partnerships and consortia; and Indian Tribes. All projects must take place in the state of Kansas.

For information about funding restrictions see Page 2 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-Application Information:

- October 25, 2022: Mini-Grant announced
- November 28, 2022: Applications due by 5:00 PM
- December 8, 2022: Awards will be announced
- January 9 – January 23, 2023: Grant Period
- February 3, 2023: Submit Final Report
- March 15, 2023: Grantees should expect reimbursement of funds.

No expenses may be incurred before the grant award letter is signed.

All entities must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN), Unique Entity Identifier (UEI Number) and must be registered and active in the System for Award Management (SAM) prior to applying.

There is a dollar-for-dollar cost match requirement. This means if an applicant requests $500 for this grant, they must include a $500 match.

About MLK Day of Service:

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The Commission will award grants between $500 - $1,000 per organization.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is from January 9 to January 23, 2023; however expenses may be incurred between December 26 and January 23, 2023.

Contact Information:

Email the application to with "Mini-Grant Application" in the subject line.

Direct questions to Elaine Rodriguez at or call (785) 368-7436.

Kansas Volunteer Commission
900 SW Jackson St., Ste. 653
Topeka, KS 66612

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