Service grant

MLK Grant Budget

We want to support community led efforts and so this year, Safe Hopeful Healthy, HealthyBR, and Mayor's Office of Community Development are working together to fund community projects at the $2,500, $5,000, $7,500 and for just a few projects, $10,000 levels.

These grants will include a 50% advance in order to help you get started, but please be prepared to submit evidence of paid invoices and receipts totaling the entirety of your grant or more in order to receive the final reimbursement. You will also need to submit a report at the complete of your project or program.

Requirements for Awarded Projects

All awarded projects will be listed on the Baton Rouge MLK Holiday website. Projects that intend to recruit volunteers will be required to either:

1.    Use the city-provided volunteer management tool, GivePulse

2.    Use your own software and provide the city both with a link to where volunteers can sign up and detailed information about the number of volunteers who have participated in your project

Projects are also required to submit a close out report that could include photos. Projects must recognize the City of Baton Rouge and the Mayor-President in their outreach and engagement. The Neighborly Software will be where you manage your grant through, including submitting invoice documentation and your final report. Neighborly can also be contacted directly for technical assistance in using the platform.

Service projects are strongly encouraged to plan their day of service between Thursday, January 11 and Sunday, January 14. Several community events are planned for Monday, January 15 and it is intention that the Monday will serve as a celebration of all of those who have come out that weekend to make an impact.

MLK Project Technical Assistance

While applicants must demonstrate capacity and experience when applying for a grant, the City of Baton Rouge will be offering a series of webinars that applicants can join. Topics could include:

·   How to Close Out Your Grant

·   How to Have a Successful Project

·   Volunteer Management

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We aim to advance the Baton Rouge community in five key areas:

Skills Building
Access to Education Resources
Education & Literacy Pathways
Blight Clean up
Community Beautification & Improvement
Creative Placemaking
Neighborhood Improvement / Public Space Improvement
Community Wealth:
Skills Building
Leadership Development
Community Cohesion & Encouragement
Providing support of basic needs

Community Healing:
Community Responses to Violence Restorative
Justice Supports
Direct intervention activities
Healing/Mental Wellness

Law Enforcement / Community Relations:
Community Dialogues
Trauma Informed Storytelling
Socio-civic Involvement Personal Development & Training Mentoring & Coaching
Cultural Connectivity
Joy & Hope
Street Outreach & Engagement
Multi-cultural Media

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