Higher Ed Institutions in Iowa Awarded Service Project Grants to Honor MLK

Six colleges and universities in Iowa have been awarded MLK Day of Service Community Partnership Project grants, which provide funding for service projects that work toward alleviating hunger and supporting veterans.

The institutions are among 40 colleges and universities in the U.S. awarded grants by Iowa Campus Compact (IACC). More than 60 institutions applied for the competitive grants.

The 2016-17 grant recipients from Iowa include:

  • Buena Vista University
  • Central College
  • Coe College
  • Drake University
  • Grand View University
  • University of Northern Iowa

“Iowa Campus Compact is excited and thrilled to fund these MLK Day of Service projects that value civic learning on the same level as community impact,” says Justin Ellis, assistant director of IACC and manager of the MLK Day of Service grants.

The purpose of the MLK Day Community Partnership Project is to mobilize college students, community members and community organizations to observe MLK Day not as “day off,” but as a “day on”. Grants range from $1,000 to $3,000. Visit the MLK Day Grant web site for a full list of recipients and more information on the program.

IACC was awarded a federal grant to manage the MLK Day Community Partnership Project in 2015. Last year, the project recruited 1,825 volunteers in Iowa. 1,314 veterans were served and 40,039 pounds of food were distributed to Iowans in need.

The MLK Day of Service Community Partnership Project is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and supported by four other State Campus Compact partners: Campus Compact of the Mountain West, New York Campus Compact, North Carolina Campus Compact, and Wisconsin Campus Compact.

About IACC: Iowa Campus Compact is a statewide association of college and university presidents providing leadership for the civic mission of higher education. We strengthen the capacity of our public, private, and two-year institution members to prepare all students to become engaged citizens.

For more information, contact Emily Shields at eshields {at} iwcc(.)edu.