Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Everybody can be great because everybody can serve." To honor his words of inspiration and encouragement, the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) asks you to mark January 19, 2015 on your calendar for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

The MLK Day of Service was initiated by Congress in 1994 and has been developed beyond a federal holiday honoring Dr. King into a national day of community service. In honor of this special day, thousands of service projects will be planned across the country grounded in Dr. King's teachings of nonviolence and social justice. 

Everyone is encouraged to participate in the 2015 MLK Day of Service. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Toolkit is available online at to help you plan your 2015 projects.

Don't forget to register your 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Project!
The Michigan Community Service Commission will ensure your project gets posted at in preparation for the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Please be sure to include as many details as possible - particularly if you are accepting outside volunteers at your project.


2015 MLK Day Mini-Grants

The Michigan Community Service Commission, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Volunteer Centers of Michigan, The League Michigan, Michigan Campus Compact, with support from the Connect Michigan Alliance Endowment Fund, Sara Ballard Volunteer Fund, Youth Service America, and the Corporation for National and Community Service are awarding mini-grants to Michigan organizations who wish to host volunteer projects as part of the 2015 National Days of Service. Projects can take place Monday, January 12, 2015 through Friday, January 23, 2015. Preference will be given to events that occur on Saturday, January 17, Sunday, January 18, and Monday, January 19.

The application process for 2015 MLK Day Mini-Grants is closed.

Grant Amounts

Grants valued at up to $500 are available and will be distributed based on the following scale:

$500-   Engage 100 or more volunteers in project

$350-   Engage at least 50 volunteers in project

$200-   Engage at least 25 volunteers in project



These grants are intended to encourage volunteer projects that address education, health, clean energy/environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, disaster preparedness, supporting veterans and military families, or public safety. Please note these funds are available solely to engage people in volunteer projects - not community engagement events (i.e. prayer breakfasts or educational marches).


Eligible Applicants

National service grantees, volunteer centers, nonprofits, K-12 and higher education institutions are eligible to apply.

Training and Technical Assistance
Applicants are encouraged to participate in one of two informational grant webinars which will discuss MLK Day, planning an event, applying for a grant, and more. These webinars will occur on: 

 - October 21, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. To register, click here. 
 - October 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. To register, click here. 

Ready to Apply?
Complete the online application located here:

For more information about MLK Day of Service and application guidelines click here.