2017 Global Youth Service Day project awards

2017 GYSD Logo

The Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) ,with support from Youth Service America (YSA), is offering awards to support Michigan organizations who wish to host volunteer service projects engaging youth as part of the 2017 Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), April 21-23, 2017.

All proposed events or activities must occur on or around GYSD – April 14-30. 2017.  Preference will be given to projects held Friday, April 21, 2017 through Sunday, April 23, 2017.

Award Amounts

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

$500-   Engage at least 50 or more YOUTH volunteers

$250-   Engage at least 30 YOUTH volunteers

$100-   Engage at least 15 YOUTH volunteers


These awards are intended to encourage volunteer projects that address education, health, clean energy/environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, disaster preparedness, supporting veterans and military families, public safety, or childhood hunger. Priority be given to projects that incorporate youth in the project planning process and incorporate youth voice. Please note these funds are available solely to engage people in volunteer projects – not community engagement events (i.e. breakfasts, educational marches, etc.).

Eligible Applicants

National service grantees, volunteer centers, nonprofits (including but not limited to youth groups and youth service organizations), K-12, and higher education institutions are eligible to apply.


Complete the application online at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017GYSD

Download a copy of the sample application questions at: www.michigan.gov/documents/mcsc/Sample_Application_questions_550095_7.pdf

If a paper application is required, please email your request to: bennettk12@michigan.gov

Application Deadline - Friday, March 3, 2017

It may be helpful to you to prepare your responses to questions in a word document and then cut and paste text into the online application form.  It may timeout before completion and your work may not be saved.

Reporting Requirements

Award recipients must complete a final report. A link to the final report will be provided to grantees after they have been awarded funds.  The final report must be completed by Monday, May 1, 2017. 

Other Grant Requirements

  • Submit your organization’s IRS W9 form. This may be uploaded at the end of your application
  • Register your project at www.GYSD.org
  • Take and send photos of your service project with your final report

Funding Guidelines

Applicants are encouraged to consider the following:

  • Funds must be used to support elements of a service project.
  • Projects must focus on education, health, clean energy/environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, disaster preparedness, supporting veterans and military families, public safety, or childhood hunger.
  • Projects should demonstrate collaboration among multiple organizations such as higher education institutions, volunteer centers, youth service organizations, and/or national service programs.
  • Projects must demonstrate youth voice throughout all aspects of the planning and implementation of the project.
  • We encourage applicants to engage youth not traditionally asked to serve, including minority youth, youth with special needs, youth in the system, and youth with limited English proficiency.

Allowable Expenses

Award funds must be used to support essential volunteer project materials that correlate with the volunteer project activities outlines in the project description section of the application.  Allowable expense include, but are not limited to, the following items:

Applicants are encouraged to find alternate or matching funding for all items, especially supplemental items that are not essential to the success of the volunteer project such as snacks, t-shirts, printing costs, 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 project.


All applicants will be notified of their funding status electronically by mid-March 2017.

Please Send Your Questions to:
Phone: (517) 335-4295 ‚óŹ Email: hunterj8@michigan.gov