Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

Volunteer Community of the Year (COY) Award

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

Agency Type:


Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

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:



Request a Grant Writer

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:

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:

Direct questions to:
Shana Chaplin

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

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Arkansas

Suggested Grants:

Fundraising and Publicity Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Cult...

Deadline Ongoing

Fundraising opportunity for USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations to host a jazz concert held in honor of their organization or cause. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. In addition to funds raised through concert ticket sales

GrantWatch ID#: 123735

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Address the Climate Crisis and Reduce Inequality

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to reduce social inequality and promote solutions to the climate crisis. Eligible programs will address the areas of racial and economic justice, corporate and political accountability; voice, creativity, and culture; and an inclusi

GrantWatch ID#: 123756

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Protect Natural Resources

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to protect natural resources on land and water in locations around the world. Funding is intended to ensure that activities to acquire metals, gemstones, and corals for design use do not have an adverse impact on the area of origin.

GrantWatch ID#: 126162

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits for Projects to Protect Wildlife and Natural Habitats

Deadline 05/01/21

Grants of up to $3,000 to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations for projects to protect wildlife and natural habitats. Funding is intended for campaigns to save specific species and ecosystems. Eligible activities include public policy work, litigation, advocacy, and d

GrantWatch ID#: 129644

Grants to USA and Canada Low-Income Individuals and Families for Financial Assistance

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA and Canada individuals and families with low-income for financial assistance. Types of assistance include financial support to offset emergency expenses or to cover the cost of regular monthly bills. Funding is intended for workers and households that are

GrantWatch ID#: 131400

Grant to a USA, Canada, or International Early-Career Psychologist for Child Psychology Rese...

Deadline 06/15/21

Grant of $9,000 to a USA, Canada, or International early-career psychologist for child psychology research projects. The purpose of the program is for research and demonstration projects that foster an understanding of the relationship between self-identity and scholast

GrantWatch ID#: 132694

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies for Community Improvement Initiatives

Deadline Ongoing

Grants of $25,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, government entities, educational institutions, and volunteer fire companies for community benefit projects. Funding is intended to support a wide range of impactful and sustainable initiatives that meet community needs.

GrantWatch ID#: 132986

Grants to USA, Mexico, and Haiti Nonprofits, Agencies, and For-Profits to Assist Underserved ...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA, Mexico, and Haiti nonprofits, for-profit organizations, and government entities for programs and services that improve the quality of life for underserved children. Focus areas include working families, equitable communities, and thriving children. The Fu

GrantWatch ID#: 133552

Donations & Sponsorships to USA Nonprofits & For-Profits for Education, Literacy, and the Ar...

Deadline Ongoing

Donations to USA nonprofit organizations for programming support for arts, pre-K-12 education, and literacy programs across the country. In addition, sponsorship opportunities are provided to USA for-profit and nonprofit organizations focusing on literacy, the arts, a

GrantWatch ID#: 134869

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Architecture, Education, Arts, Scientific Research, and Communi...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofits for activities that positively impact people around the world and their communities. Support is primarily given to programs in the areas of architecture and the arts, education, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and scientific res

GrantWatch ID#: 138286