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Serve DC Announces Availability of Learn and Serve School-Based Grant Funds

Friday, October 5, 2007
The deadline for application submission to Serve DC is Friday, November 16, 2007 at 5 pm

Serve DC, the DC Commission on National and Community Service, announces the availability of K-12 Learn and Serve America School-Based funds for two grants up to $14,000. Learn and Serve America is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service that creates opportunities for youth to participate in service-learning initiatives. Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that offers students the opportunity to participate in meaningful and relevant community service activities that address authentic community needs and make curricular connections beyond the classroom. 

Awards will be made to K-12 public schools and public charter schools in the District of Columbia to incorporate service-learning as an educational strategy in the classroom. This initiative will support a wide range of program activities that emphasize authentic youth engagement in their communities. These activities will enable youth to meet local environmental, educational, public safety, homeland security, or other community needs. Additionally, applicants must propose to implement service-learning projects that connect to one or more core curriculum standards.

Serve DC has scheduled three technical assistance sessions for school-based grant applicants.  All interested applicants must register and attend one technical assistance session in order to apply for funds.  The schedule for technical assistance sessions is as follows:  One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street NW, Room 1114, October 17, 2007 and November 8, 2007 from 5-7 pm (Metro Accessible - Red Line to Judiciary Square, exit 4th Street/Courthouse).  Additionally, a technical assistance conference call is scheduled for November 14, 2007 from 4 pm-5 pm (registration is required).  Please register for a training session at (202)-727-8003 or [email protected].  Please prepare by reading this Request for Applications carefully.  Frequently Asked Questions will be posted on the Serve DC  website and updated throughout the application period.

The deadline for application submission to Serve DC is Friday, November 16, 2007 at 5 pm.  Late applications will not be accepted.  An application is considered late at 5:01 pm.  A checklist is provided to assist in meeting submission requirements.  Incomplete submissions will be ineligible for review.  Applicants must submit one original and 10 copies of the application.  Please bind copies with binder clips only, DO NOT STAPLE.