September 11 National Day of Service & Remembrance: Honoring through Service

September 11 National Day of Service & Remembrance

As a positive way to forever remember and pay tribute to the victims of September 11, honor those that rose in service in response to the attacks, and to remind people of the importance of working more closely together to improve our world, the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) will be observing September 11, 2016 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. We invite you to serve, honor, and remember alongside us on this historic day. 

About September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance: 

The September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of an effort originally launched in 2002 by 9/11 family members and support groups. It became officially recognized following the passage of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of April 2009.   

2016 9/11 Day of Service Mini-Grant Application Guidelines

The Michigan Community Service Commission is awarding mini-grants to Michigan organizations who wish to host volunteer projects as part of the 2016 9/11 Day of Service.

All proposed events or activities must occur on or around Friday, September 9, 2016 through Sunday, September 11.

Grant Amounts
Grants valued at up to $1500 are available and will be distributed based on the following scale:
$1500    -              Engage 100 or more volunteers
$1000    -              Engage at least 75 volunteers
$500       -              Engage at least 50 volunteers
$250       -              Engage at least 25 volunteers

We will be awarding 10-15 grants to Michigan organizations.

These grants are intended to encourage volunteer projects that address:

Disaster preparedness, resiliency, and mitigation: Helping communities prepare for, respond to and recover from natural and man-made disasters, including 1) Recognizing Risks, 2) Planning Ahead, 3) Gathering Supplies, and 4) What to Do During a Disaster. A project must be cost-effective and substantially reduce the risk of future damage, hardship, loss, or suffering resulting from a disaster.

Supporting veterans, military families, and first responders: Serving those who served us, as well as engaging the talents of our veterans and military families

Applications addressing critical community needs including education, health, clean energy/environmental stewardship, economic opportunity or public safety will also be considered. 

Eligible Applicants
National service grantees, volunteer centers, nonprofits, municipal/local emergency response organizations, and K-12 and higher education institutions are eligible to apply.

Funding Guidelines
Applicants are encouraged to consider the following:

  • Funds must be used to support elements of a service project
  • Projects should demonstrate collaboration among multiple organizations
  • Project must benefit Michigan residents

Allowable Expenses 
Mini-grant funds must be used to support essential volunteer project materials that correlate with the volunteer project activities outlined in the project description section of the application.

Applicants are encouraged to find alternate or match funding for all items, especially supplemental items that are not essential to the success of the volunteer project such as snacks, t-shirts, water. Please use the budget explanation section of the application to clearly explain why the items listed in the budget are essential to the success of the community volunteer project.

Project examples:

  • Create disaster kits for a community, group, etc.
  • Create a preparedness plan for a school, nonprofit, etc. (call lists, work w/ VCs, materials and space secured, work to prep places and materials, volunteer plan…)
  • Clear and maintain a watershed or floodplain
  • Hold an awareness event to promote disaster preparedness and resiliency
  • Perform door-to-door or community disaster preparedness literacy campaign
  • Engage in responding to the recovery from a disaster or emergency in the state of Michigan (e.g.: Flint Water Crisis Recovery or Detroit 2014 Flood Recovery)
  • Support disaster mitigation plans (e.g.: the Grand River Urban Waters Campaign)
  • Hold an emergency or disaster response training or mock-run for your organization, community, etc.
  • Build disaster resiliency infrastructure (reinforce buildings and other structures, build flood/retaining walls, expand or create culverts, create a shelter, etc.)
  • Perform an erosion control project
  • Create a coordinating plan with media, government, nonprofits, etc.

Complete the application available online. If a paper application is required, please email Applicants are encouraged to participate in one of the two informational grant webinars occurring on Thursday July 14 and Tuesday July 19.

Webinar Registration:
July 14, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.-
July 19, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.-

Application Deadline
Sunday July 24, 2016

Application review
The applications will be reviewed internally by the Michigan Community Service Commission.

Reporting Requirements
Grant recipients must complete a final report survey, which will require project receipts, number of volunteers, number of volunteer hours, etc. A link to the final report survey will be provided to grantees after they have been awarded funds. The final report must be completed by Friday September 23, 2016.

Other Grant Requirements
If approved, an organization representative will be required to participate in one webinar for 2016 9/11 mini-grant recipients. Available dates include Thursday, Aug. 18 at 3 p.m.  or Tuesday Aug. 23 at  11 a.m. Webinar registration information will be provided to the mini-grant recipients. Mini-grant recipients will be required to register the service project as 9/11 event on InnerView by Friday, August 26 at Service project registration information will be provided during the mini-grant recipient webinars.

All applicants will be notified electronically at the beginning of August. Awardees are required to return a signed award letter to accept funds by Monday Aug. 15, 2016 

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9/11 Service Project Resources

  • 9/11 Day Toolkits. With specific toolkits for employers, teachers, and nonprofits/government, these toolkits from will help you make the most of your 9/11 Day activities.

  • United We Serve 9/11 Resources. This site has a range of resources that will be useful to your 9/11 Day events, including communications toolkits, project planning guides, tips for engaging elected officials, digital assets, downloadable posters, and more.

Register Your 9/11 Service Project

Registering projects is an important part of any National Day of Service for the following reasons: 

  • It allows you to recruit additional volunteers to assist in your local efforts. 

  • It helps the MCSC, and other key partners, to document and track the various projects occurring locally and across the state. 

  • It raises awareness with the media and others about the specific 9/11 activities that will be occurring. 

Please register your September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance project as soon as you have enough details to do so. To register your opportunity, visit