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Volunteer Community of the Year (COY) Award

Awards to Arkansas Municipalities for Innovative
Volunteer Services that Address Community Needs

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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VolunteerAR, EngageAR, Office of the Governor, the Governor's Advisory Commission on National Service and Volunteerism (GACNSV), Arkansas Municipal League, and Arkansas Department of Human Services - Office of Communications and Community Engagement

Deadline Date:

10/23/20

Description:

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Awards to Arkansas municipalities to recognize and acknowledge outstanding community-wide volunteer efforts. The award program is intended to honor communities as a whole, rather than individual volunteers. Awards recognize municipalities that address the areas of greatest need within their communities through a spirit of volunteerism.

The Volunteer Community of the Year Awards (COY) honor communities that demonstrate the ability to address their community's greatest needs through impact-minded volunteer activities.  A sampling of the criteria used to select the winning communities is as follows:

  • What ongoing volunteer services and programs directly address the areas of greatest need within your community?
  • Is your community seeing a positive impact (change) from its efforts to fill the gaps in service provision?
  • Are your community's volunteer activities innovative and/or of long term service?
  • Did the community have to overcome any unusual challenges in order to carry out these volunteer activities or achieve impact?

Special consideration will be given to communities that mobilize citizens to complete an annual community-wide service initiative. Ideally, service initiatives target legacy projects, which are designed to develop long-term support for the community’s infrastructure, operations, and/or quality of life. These community volunteer initiatives should seek to impact areas of greatest need.

Special consideration will be given to cities that join the Cities of Service coalition and, under Cities of Service guidelines, create a citywide service plan. For additional information, see: https://citiesofservice.org/

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174776

Estimated Size of Grant:

COY communities receive signs on two of the city's borders designating them as a Volunteer Community of the Year for the specified year. These signs showcase your community as a healthy network of neighbors helping neighbors. This designation improves the local economy by attracting people to spend time - even live- within the Arkansas Volunteer Communities of the Year.

The cities and their volunteer programs are featured in articles in City & Town magazine, which is published by the Arkansas Municipal League.

The winning communities receive additional recognition and publicity for their volunteer efforts. Many local newspapers, television and radio stations, and other forms of media feature and honor the winning communities.

Term of Contract:

Nomination statements should describe community-wide, city-led volunteer initiatives within a 12-month period from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Awards are made to municipalities in Arkansas.

Cities that have been honored in the past can be recognized again for new or continued accomplishments.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit nominations is October 23, 2020.

Contact Information:

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

For Nomination Guidelines and Submission: https://www.volunteerar.org/coy-nomination

Direct questions to:
Shana Chaplin
501-537-9724
DHE.Volunteer.AR@adhe.gov

VolunteerAR
PO Box 1437, Slot S230
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437
Phone: 301- 682-7540

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arkansas

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