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Youth Volunteer Projects and Community Service

Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) Mini-Grant

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Kansas State Department of Education - Kansas Volunteer Commission

Deadline Date:

12/21/18 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $500 to Kansas nonprofit organizations, government agencies, institutions of higher education, partnerships and consortia, and Tribes for volunteering activities that benefit communities throughout the State. Funding is intended to support service-learning and community service projects taking place on or around Global Youth Service Day.

Each year, millions of children and youth around the world work together with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, volunteer and national service programs, government agencies, faith communities, and other individuals to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities on Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). GYSD is the only day of service focused on mobilizing and training youth as leaders who identify and address community needs through service and service-learning and educate the public, the media, and policymakers about the year-round contributions of young people as community leaders. The Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC) is looking for volunteer projects taking place around Global Youth Service Day, April 12-14, 2019. The (KVC) will provide funds for organizations to host volunteer projects or service-learning activities on or around Global Youth Service Day. Volunteer projects must be inspired and led by youth.

The KVC will make funding decisions based on:

1) The organization’s financial need,
2) Ability to engage diverse populations,
3) Creative or innovative project design,
4) The impact to the community and
5) Leadership of youth.

Responsibilities of Mini-Grant Recipients:

- Empower youth to develop, initiate and lead community service or service-learning projects.
- Engage volunteers in community service or service-learning projects in the month of April.
- Track and report impact on scale, diversity, community outcomes and outreach efforts of
service programs including the number of volunteers leveraged; number of volunteer hours leveraged; and impact to the community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151895

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The Commission expects to award grants of approximately $500.

Term of Contract:

Projects under this proposal should take place April 1-30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible to apply:

Public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and other community organizations; school districts and institutions of higher education; government entities within states or territories (e.g., cities, counties); labor organizations; partnerships and consortia; and Indian Tribes.

Projects must take place in the state of Kansas.

The KVC aims to choose only one grantee per community.

Priority will be given to organizations who demonstrate the biggest need for additional funding.

Funding Restrictions:

- Applicants may not request funding for stipends, salary or equipment.
- Indirect or administrative costs are not allowable expenses or match.
- Grant funds are intended to supplement and not supplant. (Supplement means to add to; to enhance; to expand; to increase; to extend; to create something new. Supplant means to take the place of; to replace by something else.)

The KVC will not fund projects that engage in the following:

- Provide religious instruction, conduct worship services or engage in any form of proselytizing.
- Assist, promote, or deter union organizing.
- Finance directly or indirectly any activity designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office.
- Impair existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is December 21, 2018.

Grantees should email a complete, signed application to the Volunteer Commission. Include “Mini-Grant Application” in the subject line.


- November 5, 2018: Application released
- December 21, 2018: Applications due by 4:00 PM
- April 1-30, 2019: Grant period
- May 10, 2019: Submit Final Report
- June 15, 2019: Grantees should expect reimbursement of funds

Applicants are required to:

- Identify a dollar-for-dollar match of the total amount requested from the KVC. For example, if an applicant requests $500 from the KVC for this grant funding, they must include a $500 match. Match funds must be incurred during the project period. Matching funds may be a combination of cash or in-kind match and must be non-federal funds. (The value of volunteer project hours is not considered an acceptable source of match. The only exception to this would be pro bono or skill-based volunteers that are leveraged for the project or volunteers that assist in the administration of the project.)
- Increase public awareness of the issue through engagement of media and/or elected officials.
- Include the KVC and GYSD logo on all program materials and publicity.
- Register project(s) on the Global Youth Service Day website by April 3, 2019.

Applicants understand that this is a cost-reimbursement grant funding opportunity.

For further information, for a printed copy of the materials, or for technical assistance, please
contact Ashley Christiansen.

For additional information about Global Youth Service Day:

Contact Information:

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

Ashley Christiansen

Kansas Volunteer Commission
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 105
Topeka, KS 66612

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