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$10,000 In Grants Available To AmeriCorps Alums Chapters As Part of Get HandsOn Campaign

September 16, 2010

Some of you may be aware of the Get HandsOn Campaign, Points of Light Institute’s three year strategic initiative to demonstrate the impact of volunteer service in the area of economy, education, environment, and emergency response. The campaign aims to mobilize 500,000 service leaders to recruit, lead, and enable others to participate in 2 millions service projects. As part of this campaign, AmeriCorps Alums is pleased to announce that $10,000 in grants will be made available to AmeriCorps Alums chapters, partners, and individual alumni. AmeriCorps Alums will place an emphasis on the area of environment, although we will not limit alumni participation exclusively to the environment.

10 $1,000 grants will be made available as part of the Get HandsOn Challenge, a three part challenge that will demonstrate the impact of service as a solution around the Get HandsOn Campaign focus areas. The Get HandsOn Challenge will take place over the course of the next year. The three Challenges that will occur include Service Tag, Follow the Leader, and Break the Record. Each Challenge is designed to inspire and support service leaders in meaningful, impact-driven projects that will multiply and engage citizens in communities across the U.S.

Grants through AmeriCorps Alums will be made in connection with the Follow the Leader Challenge, which will spotlight leading examples of service that can be replicated across the country. While the Request For Proposals will not be available for a few weeks, those seeking to apply for a grant should consider how to integrate elements that include a service project component, service leader training, and a Get HandsOn recruitment element. All grant applicants must be registered at www.gethandson.com in order to be considered for a grant (be sure to indicate affiliation with AmeriCorps Alums in your profile.)

For more information about the Get HandsOn Challenge and available grants, AmeriCorps Alums is hosting a webinar on Thursday, September 16 from 4PM to 5PM Eastern time. To register, please click here.

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