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

MLK Day of Service Mini-Grant


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Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Kansas

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/09/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to Kansas nonprofit organizations, school districts, IHEs, 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 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 p. 2 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents.


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 Native American tribes. All projects must take place in the state of Kansas.

For funding restrictions, see p. 2 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents.

Pre-Application Information
- Grant guidelines released: October 9, 2023
- Application due: November 9, 2023
- Award announcement: November 22, 2023
- Grant award start date: January 5, 2024
- Grant award end date: January 21, 2024
- Final report due: February 15, 2024
- Reimbursement date: March 15, 2024

All entities must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN), Unique Entity Identification (UEI) Number AND must have an active registration 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 $4,500 for this grant, they must include a $4,500 match.

This is a cost-reimbursement grant funding opportunity that will be paid upon submission of the project report and documentation of expenditures.

About MLK Day of Service:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
The Kansas Volunteer Commission expects to award up to $5,000 per eligible entity.

Term of Contract
Projects under this proposal should occur from January 5, 2024 – January 21, 2024.

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

For questions, contact program staff at the email address above.

For further information, a printed copy of the materials and/or technical assistance, please contact Tierney Kirtdoll at (785) 368-6211 or

Kansas Volunteer Commission
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 653
Topeka, KS 66612

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