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Make a Difference Day Mini Grant

In-Kind Donations to Arizona Neighborhood Groups
& Others for Community Service Projects in Mesa

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City of Mesa Neighborhood Outreach Office

Deadline Date:

10/16/14 4:00 PM


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Grants in the form of in-kind donations valued at up to $100 to City of Mesa, Arizona residents, neighborhood groups, local businesses, church groups, and others who are planning to volunteer for a beautification, cleanup, or other community service project on the upcoming national day of service. The purpose of these grants is to provide volunteers with either:

(a) Store gift cards to Home Depot or Wal-Mart for the purchase of some of the materials and supplies that are needed in order to accomplish their service project, or
(b) Two free landfill passes for the disposal of debris from their service project.

Landfill passes are available for either the Salt River Landfill or the San Tan Transfer Station. If awarded two landfill passes, applicants will be asked to specify a preference: Salt River landfill at 13602 N. Beeline Highway (Gilbert Rd. and the Beeline Highway), or San Tan Transfer Station at 4040 S. 80th St. (Warner and Sossaman). Please note that the San Tan Transfer Station will close at noon and passes will only be valid on that day - Saturday, October 25th. The Salt River landfill is open until 5:00 PM.

Mesa’s Make a Difference Day Mini Grant Program goals are to:
- Support high impact, well-organized, and independently-run projects that have a positive impact in Mesa for Make a Difference Day 2014.
- Strengthen the capacity of individuals, groups, and neighborhoods to solve problems, make decisions, and to respond more effectively to issues and challenges facing them.
- Increase the leadership skills of individuals planning independent volunteer service activities to maximize people’s efforts to work together and share responsibility.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147272

Estimated Size of Grant:

Only one grant of up to $100 in the form of a store gift card to Home Depot or Wal-Mart, or up to two landfill passes, may be requested per project. A maximum of $200 will be awarded per city council district.

Term of Contract:

Project must take place on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- The applicant must be planning a volunteer service project, with at least 5 participating volunteers, to be completed in, and for, Mesa, Arizona on October 25, 2014.
- There must be a need for materials or supplies that will be used in carrying out the actual service project. In other words, the materials or supplies must be part of a larger service effort (example: paint brushes and paint trays for a house painting), or must be used to create something of greater value than the materials or supplies themselves (such as the fabric, thread, and buttons to make teddy bears for a local non-profit agency).
- Applicants must be able to clearly define the geographic area within Mesa where the project will take place.
- Applicants must demonstrate that they have leadership, support, and participation.
- Applicants will be volunteer groups with little to no funding, or limited access to other funding sources.
- Applicants who are already working with the City of Mesa Neighborhood Outreach Office on projects coordinated by Emily Blankenship or Laura Rodriguez are not eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be received in the City's office no later than 4:00 PM, Thursday, October 16, 2014.

Mail, fax, or email the completed application to the address listed below (see contact information section below for email address).

Mailing Address:
City of Mesa Neighborhood Outreach
Attn: Andrea Alicoate
P.O. Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211

Fax: 480-644-4322

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For general questions about Make a Difference Day Mini Grants, contact
Andrea Alicoate by phone at (480) 644-5034 or email at

For general questions about Make a Difference Day, contact Emily Blankenship, by phone at (480) 644-5701 or email at

Grant Coverage Areas:

City of Mesa

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