Iowa Campus Compact Awarded National MLK Day of Service Grant

4206082Iowa Campus Compact announced today that it was awarded a federal grant to manage a national MLK Day of Service Community Partnership Project. The mini-grant project is focused on supporting service projects that work toward alleviating hunger and supporting veterans. National and State Campus Compact members will be eligible to apply for mini-grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 to support MLK Day of Service projects in these areas.

A formal request for proposals (RFP) will be announced on the project’s website in early October. To stay up to date on the MLK Day of Service Community Partnership Project please follow the project on Facebook or sign up for the newsletter.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 a “day on”. The project will provide mini grants to colleges around the nation for service projects that leverage volunteers to organizations that work to mitigate food insecurity, such as collecting donations for food banks, helping establish community gardens, or packaging meals for donation, among others.

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The MLK Day Community Partnership Project will support veterans by allocating mini grants to colleges around the nation for MLK Day of Service projects that connect veterans with community or campus services, or support community organizations that serve veterans. Campus services may include outreach on educational benefits, internships or fellowships, or other education-focused services the campus may provide.Iowa Campus Compact is excited to manage the project and start a new partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service. The MLK Day of Service Community Partnership Project will be managed with four other State Campus Compact partners: Campus Compact of the Mountain WestNew York Campus CompactNorth Carolina Campus Compact, and Wisconsin Campus Compact. Our coalition expects to distribute at least 50 mini-grants. Total project costs – including matching and in-kind funds—are expected to exceed $450,000.More information on the MLK Day of Service Community Partnership Project will be announced in a few days!