(BLOOMINGTON) - Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan announced that Bloomington's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission has funding available for local organizations offering service and educational activities for volunteers on "A Day On! Not A Day Off."
"Martin Luther King, Jr. Day presents an excellent opportunity for us to enhance community condition and collaborations," Kruzan said. "We are pleased to call for proposals for funding, thanks to the generosity of the primary financial supporters of 'A Day On! Not A Day Off.'
The City of Bloomington would like to directly thank these supporters - the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, and Service for Peace. We are making all funds we receive from these supporters available to local groups to help them acquire materials and supplies to be used by volunteers."
Organizations are invited to create projects that are dynamic and relevant, combine meaningful service and thoughtful reflection and provide volunteers with opportunities for sustained service and ongoing community involvement. These projects need to take place on and around Jan. 20, 2014, and during the 40 Days of Peace period. Eligible groups include nonprofit organizations, businesses, faith organizations, schools, community and neighborhood organizations, public and private agencies, student organizations and groups that serve veterans or military families. City of Bloomington departments and City-sponsored commissions must partner with non-City organizations to apply for funding.
A total of $29,000 is available. Grant amounts will depend upon the number and quality of proposals, with amounts based partially on the numbers of participants; projects using the greatest numbers of volunteers will receive more funding than those with fewer volunteers.
Projects that include continued service and those that involve disadvantaged youth, veterans or military families in service activities or as recipients of service are particularly encouraged.
Detailed guidelines and applications are available at www.bloomington.in.gov/mlk. Groups are encouraged to register their activities even if not applying for funding. The deadline to request funding is Nov. 15.
For more information please visit http://bloomington.in.gov/mlk or contact Craig Brenner, Special Projects Coordinator at 349.3471.
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