National Days of Service Funding


ServeOhio, in conjunction with AmeriCorps and the American Electric Power Foundation, provides grants to support community service projects organized for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January), Global Youth Service Day (April), ServeOhio Day (June), and Make a Difference Day (October). Non-profit and public organizations in Ohio including, but not limited to, volunteer connector organizations, school districts, community colleges, universities, and local governments are eligible to apply. 


2021 Global Youth Service Day Grantees

Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest service event in the world and the only one dedicated to the contributions that children and youth make 365 days of the year. The ten 2021 GYSD Projects will engage Ohio youth volunteers to create or improve community assets or infrastructure. Projects are collaborative in nature and involve a broad spectrum of community participants. Additionally, the projects will incorporate an education component, so projects create long-term, sustainable change on issues and on people. All Grantees have safety procedures in place and are following recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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10 Grants

 620 Volunteers

 9 Cities

$17,682 in Funding


American Legion Caufield Post 434, Bloomville
75 youth will learn the importance of volunteering by clearing flower beds, replacing mulch, and beautifying the parks in Bloomville.   

Boardman Glenwood Junior High School, Boardman
55 students, teachers, parents, and school staff will paint fifty exterior panels of the Glenwood Junior High School building, giving the school a much-needed makeover.   

Cleveland Police Foundation, Cleveland
20 youth and 30 police officers will work together to create the “Reimagining Our Community” mural, a project aimed to bring together traditionally marginalized youth to express their views and emotional issues verbally and visually around the violence they are witnessing at the hands of police. The mural is a step toward understanding and healing.

CNE Cares, Batavia
35 youth and 15 adults will come together to launch the CNE Cares Community Garden at the CNE Elementary school. Youth will build four planter boxes, install a 60-gallon rain barrel, and paint a garden sign, picnic table, and affirmation rocks at the garden site.  

Lifeline Christian Mission, Westerville
225 youth will pack 50,000 nutritious shelf-stable meals that will be distributed to the community through local churches and food pantries.

Love Zion Community Garden, Columbus
30 youth and adult volunteers will come together to build a lending book, food, and seed library in the Love Zion Community Garden. The lending library will provide free garden seeds, books, and food pantry items for the surrounding community.  

Watch Me Grow Ohio, Portsmouth
25 youth and adult volunteers will prepare the community Fellowship Garden for the growing season by clearing debris, stripping sod, tilling land, testing soil, prepping grow space, constructing raised beds, and transplanting vegetable plants.

Wave Pool, Cincinnati
20 youth will improve the Camp Washington community garden by creating rainbow-shaped trellises, a mushroom shaped and painted rain barrel collection watering system, better signage, and an outdoor classroom/gathering space for the community.  

Wings of Hope, Recovery Services, Portsmouth
70 youth and adult volunteers will repair and beautify the Peace Park in Portsmouth by creating decorative planters for the herb garden, planting new flowers and shrubs, spreading mulch, building benches, and adding stones, boulders, and plants around the waterfall. The project will bring together a diverse group of youth and adults and will provide a space for serenity and peace.

YMCA of Findlay, Findlay  
20 youth enrolled in the YMCA’s afterschool program and 10 University of Findlay students will repurpose space at the Child Development Center and create a community garden that will provide learning opportunities for youth at the YMCA and produce fresh food to share with the surrounding community.


Current Funding 

There are currently no funding opportunities available. The next funding opportuntiy will be for ServeOhio Day in June. Join our newsletter here to get notified of upcoming funding opportunities. 





National Days of Service 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Occurs on the third Monday in January

Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off." The MLK Day of Service calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community." Visit AmeriCorps for more information on MLK Day of Service, 

Global Youth Service Day
Occurs in April

Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities through service.  GYSD is the largest service event in the world and the only one dedicated to the contributions that children and youth make 365 days of the year. Visit Youth Service America for more information on Gloabl Youth Service Day. 

ServeOhio Day
Occurs on the summer solstice

ServeOhio Day intentionally takes place on summer solstice, the day in the year with the longest period of daylight, to maximize participation in a number of service projects ranging from educating at-risk youth about summer safety to community clean-ups.

Make A Difference Day
Occurs on the fourth Saturday in October

Make A Difference Day is the largest national day of volunteering to meet community needs. Make A Difference Day, which takes place on the 4th Saturday in October, is held in partnership with Points of Light and corporate sponsors.