The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) will award up to 50 grants of $1,000 each to American Legion Family entities or organizations working with the ALA across the nation to conduct September 11th Day of Service and remembrance activities, described below. The projects must take place between Friday, September 8, 2017, and Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Grant recipients must provide an additional $250 in cash or in-kind donations, making the project total $1,250. Applications must be received by 6/30/17! Funding for this very limited ALA grant program is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
The September 11 service projects must benefit veterans, military, and their families and engage ALA and community volunteers. Each project should involve approximating 30 community and military/veteran members and address: community reintegration, employment, higher education, housing and community facility improvement, or youth civics education. Each service project must also incorporate a reflection activity in memory of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United Sates.
The applicant must either be an ALA entity (unit, district/county, department) or demonstrate that it is collaborating with an ALA entity to implement the grant service project. If the applicant is not connected to an ALA entity, please contact CommunityService@ALAforVeterans.org for help identifying an ALA entity with whom you collaborate. The applicant and the ALA entity must be in good standing with the IRS.
a) Community Reintegration: Recruit community service providers and community leaders to ensure that military families that have recently moved into the community feel supported. Applicants will provide: a) a “service providers fair” that provides resources so that veterans and military families can meet real people who provide services such as childcare, crisis management, education, employment, financial advice, tax preparation services, food aid, housing help, homelessness aid, insurance, legal assistance, mental health, substance abuse services, etc.; b) a meet-and-greet with community leaders to give advice on living in the area; c) a “town hall” type Q&A event with community leaders; or d) a combination of any of these.
b) Employment: Recruit leaders and management from the workforce to provide one-on-one advisory sessions to veterans, transitioning servicemembers, and military spouses seeking employment. Including resume review, mock interviews, tips for workplace collegiality, or small group training in workforce "soft skills".
c) Higher Education: Provide resources to deliver a fall semester kick-off event for recipients of the GI Bill. Including sessions on using their GI Bill benefits and additional veteran’s benefits, and making connections to off-campus resources, including volunteer opportunities in the community.
d) Housing and Community Facility Improvement: Improve a dwelling(s) or community facility(ies) utilized by or commemorating veterans, service members, and their families; including light repairs, adaptations, improvements, or beautification to exteriors and/or interiors of residences and community facilities such as veterans' memorial parks or veterans' posts.
e) Youth Civic Education: Recruit veterans to visit elementary and secondary schools to speak to students about service and remembrance, as well as the military and veteran experience. Special effort will be made to engage veterans who served post-9/11. Volunteers will follow lesson plans about September 11 developed by MyGoodDeed, Inc., and adapt those presentations to include their own "living history".
Grants will be awarded on a one-time, non-renewable basis for a budget period not to exceed five months, beginning no sooner than July 1, 2017. Activities that are funded must occur between Friday, September 8, 2017, and Wednesday, September 13, 2017. The grant application deadline is 6/30/17!
For those grant applications approved, the grant funds awarded will be disbursed in two increments. Half of the grant ($500) will be disbursed upon receipt of a completed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and W-9. The second installment of the grant ($500) will be disbursed upon receipt of the final report and receipts for the project, due by 5pm ET Friday, October 13, 2017. Grantees can expect grant funds to be issued within five (5) to ten (10) business days following receipt of all requirements for each disbursement.
Funds may be used for: space/facility rental; consumable materials and supplies; purchasing or renting equipment; purchasing building repair and beautification materials such as lumber, paint, roofing, appliances, garden and landscaping materials; refreshments for volunteers; volunteer recognition items; volunteer recruitment and training; speaker fees; local travel for participants; professional services; and any publication and printing for event media and promotion.
Funds may not be used for: any fee or payment towards religious services or proselytizing; any lobbying efforts; purchasing alcohol; any costs associated with staff time or benefits/insurances; any calculations to quantify the value of volunteer time; any event entertainment; any fundraising costs; nor any selling or marketing of any organizational goods and services not related to the service project activity.
The Application form must be typed and submitted electronically as a PDF via email by 5pm ET Friday, June 30, 2017, to CommunityService@ALAforVeterans.org. Late applications will not be accepted.
[Applying organization’s name, State]: 2017 9/11 Day of Service Application
Confirmation of receipt of your application will be sent within one business day.
American Legion Auxiliary wants to award all the funds; the deadline and time frame is very tight. Please read and follow the instructions carefully as there will not be time for any application “do-overs”. The American Legion Auxiliary Foundation will decide the awarding of these grants.
For further information, please contact ALA Community Service Program Coordinator Sharon Riegsecker at 202-861-1351 or CommunityService@ALAforVeterans.org. Applicants are encouraged to participate in one of three conference calls about the grant process on either Friday, June 9; Monday, June 12; or Wednesday, June 14. You must pre-register at: http://bit.ly/ALA911DOSGrantCall.