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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service FY 2009

Post Date

March 20th 2008

Application Due Date

April 15th 2008

The deadline for eGrants application submissions is 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 15, 2008. Applications submitted by fax or e-mail will not be accepted.

Funding Opportunity Number


CFDA Number(s)


Funding Instrument Type(s)


Funding Activity Categories

Community Development
Disaster Prevention and Relief
Employment, Labor and Training
Food and Nutrition
Law, Justice and Legal Services
Regional Development

Number of Awards


Eligibility Categories

State Governments
County Governments
City or Township Governments
Independent School Districts
Public and State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
Federally Recognized Native American Tribal Governments
Public Housing Authorities or Indian Housing Authorities
Non-Federally Recognized Native American Tribal Organizations
Non-Profits With 501 (c) (3) Status With The IRS (Except Higher Education Institutions)
Non-Profits Without 501 (c) (3) Status With The IRS (Except Higher Education Institutions)
Private Institutions of Higher Education

By law, any entity otherwise eligible for assistance under the national service laws is eligible to apply for and receive a grant under this announcement. The applicable laws include the National and Community Service Act of 1990 and the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to nonprofit organizations, state service commissions, volunteer centers, institutions of higher education, national or regional education agencies, educational institutions, and faith-based institutions. Only applicants capable of carrying out multi-state, national focused (10 or more states), or comprehensive regional initiatives are eligible for funding. (Regional initiatives are multiple states in a region, such as the Corporation’s clusters .) The Corporation is particularly interested in applications from organizations with experience in fostering service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


  • Estimated Total Funding:


  • Award Range:

    $50000 - $300000

Grant Description

The Corporation for National and Community Service (the Corporation) provides grants to organizations to plan and carry out projects that bring Americans together to serve in their communities in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Subject to availability of appropriations, a total of approximately $500,000 will be awarded to support 2009 King Day activities, ranging in amounts from approximately $50,000 to $300,000, to support the first year of these grants. These funds are subject to the availability of FY 2009 appropriations under the authority of section 198(s) of the National and Community Service Act of 1990 (42USC12653(9)), authorizing the Corporation to make grants to share the cost of planning and carrying out service opportunities in conjunction with the federal legal holiday honoring the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Grantees will be eligible for continuation funding in the second and third years contingent upon the availability of appropriations, compliance with requirements, and satisfactory performance. The purpose of these grants is to mobilize more Americans to observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday as a day of service in communities, to encourage those who serve on this holiday to make a long-term commitment to community service, and to bring people together to focus on service to others. The Corporation is interested in multi-state, national (10 or more states) or comprehensive regional initiatives (multi-state regions – for example, the Corporation’s clusters). Activities must include projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged youth and engage them in providing service to others. Grantees must competitively subgrant a portion of the federal funds to eligible local organizations, and may also directly support local projects, to plan and carry out direct service activities on the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekends.

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