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Martin Luther King Jr. Commission Grant

Grants to North Carolina Agencies and Nonprofits
for Youth Programs that Address Civil Discourse

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State

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North Carolina Department of Administration

Deadline Date:

10/31/19 5:00 PM Receipt

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Grants ranging from $200 to $1,000 to North Carolina local government agencies and nonprofit organizations for youth educational and awareness activities. Priority will be given to programs that address non-violence, bullying, and peer pressure, as well as programs that focus on character development for youth.

This year’s theme for the Martin Luther King Jr. Grant Program is “A Call for Civil Discourse,” a topic often addressed and elevated in the teachings of Dr. King. Civil discourse is defined as an engagement in conversation intended to enhance understanding.

This year the Commission is requesting that eligible applicants submit a proposal that will focus on awareness and educational activities that lift Dr. King’s philosophy of engaging in civil discourse. Activities should focus on reaching children ages 15-21 and provide detailed narratives about activities relevant to their target area and target population. Applicants may also benefit from documenting how these activities may be replicated to serve as a model for other target areas across the state and country. The North Carolina Martin Luther King Jr. Commission is interested in engaging local faith, community and other partners that are actively working to promote nonviolence and to think creatively about activities that will disseminate information about Dr. King’s philosophy.

Eligible activities could include, but are not limited to:

  • Sponsoring a local community Bell Ringing and submitting letters to the editor / creating a social media campaign describing the history of the ringing of the bells, urged by Ms. Coretta Scott King;
  • Developing and delivering school performances on the positive aspects of nonviolent behavior;
  • Utilizing performances or media to present peer-to-peer counseling that is effective in reducing the long-range emotional and physical impacts of bullying as well as recommending guidance for handling situations where bullying exists;
  • Offering local/regional oratorical competitions for middle-school children;
  • Launching an educational School Bowl that includes questions and answers about Dr. King’s life, his speeches, his philosophy and the applications of his philosophy to everyday life and providing awards for winners;
  • Delivering a competitive graphics competition and coordinating with local/regional art events to offer visibility for winners of the competition;
  • Offering presentations to exemplify the advantages of living and working in a culturally diverse environment;
  • And, developing and implementing projects to reach Limited English Proficiency (LEP) populations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151103

Estimated Size of Grant:

All funding requests should not be less than $200 and not more than $1,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for a grant, applicant organizations should:
a. Be a local government agency, or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered with the North Carolina Secretary of State.
b. Consider collaborating with local partners to increase target reach. The Commission desires to reach geographically diverse groups therefore applicants are encouraged to partner with other organizations within a region such as a local Youth Council, Human Relations Commission, Urban League, or community college to design and implement programs to maximize the number of children and families reached in their region.
c. Include proposal specifics that illustrate how the program will impact 50 or more youth ages 15-21. Programs intended to develop internet-based tools should articulate the potential number of youth likely to engage in the technology.
d. Involve youth in project development, implementation, evaluation and writing of grant proposals.
e. Present a corporate seal if your organization is incorporated. The corporate seal will be required on the contract if application is approved for funding.

All monies must be used to directly fund the project and cannot be used for expenses such as clothing, salaries, entertainment, gifts (to include prizes), or food, per state statutes.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Grant applications (one original) must be received in the Department of Administration Office by 5:00 p.m. on October 31, 2019. Email applications are eligible provided all supporting documents are included.
- Funds can be dispersed within 30 days after the approval of the contract.
- Grant recipients can expect funds to be released early 2020.

Nonprofit organizations must submit a letter of reference with the application. This letter may come from a local
government official or the sponsoring agency director and must be signed by that person.

Contact Information:

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

Please return completed application packet to one of the addresses below:

You may scan and send your application by email to:
Christy.agner@doa.nc.gov
Attn: Christy Agner, Deputy Secretary for Advocacy Programs

You may mail your application by US Postal Service to:
The NC Martin Luther King Jr. Commission,
Department of Administration
1301 Mail Service Center,
Raleigh, NC 27699-1301

You may send your application by overnight delivery to:
The NC Martin Luther King Jr. Commission
Department of Administration
116 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

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