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Make a Difference Day volunteers eligible for mini grants

Post Date:09/26/2016 3:23 PM
  • Lead Volunteers organizing service activities as part of Make a Difference Day Oct. 22 are encouraged to apply to the event's grant program. More info at

Volunteers organizing service activities in Mesa on Saturday, Oct. 22 as part of the National Make a Difference Day of Service are encouraged to apply to the event’s grant program. Each grant involves a Home Depot store gift card for up to $100 to purchase materials and supplies for a specific project or up to two free landfill passes to dispose of debris to help support independent service projects in the community.

There are several eligibility rules and criteria that will be used to determine who receives a grant:

• The applicant must be planning a service project with at least five participating volunteers to be completed in Mesa on Oct. 22, 2016.

• There must be a need for materials, supplies or debris removal to complete the service project. For example, tools, such as paint brushes, that are needed to paint a house.

• Applicants must clearly define the geographic area within Mesa where the project will take place.

• Applicants will be volunteer groups with little to no funding or limited access to other funding sources.

Based on the criteria, grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Only one grant with a maximum of $100 or two landfill passes for either the Salt River Landfill or the San Tan Transfer Station will be awarded per project. A maximum of $100 will be awarded for each city council district.

More than 1500 volunteers are expected to participate in more than 50 Love Your Block projects across the City of Mesa Saturday, Oct. 22 as part of National Make a Difference Day. Residents, neighborhood groups, local businesses, church groups and City of Mesa staff volunteer for a variety of beautification and cleanup projects. Examples of service projects include painting walls and curb numbers; cleaning up parks, alleys and canals; distributing neighborhood resource bags and helping residents who need assistance with painting and landscaping. Love Your Block is a high-impact service strategy in which community members are engaged in revitalizing their neighborhoods one block at a time. For more information, visit  

The deadline to submit a grant application is Monday, Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. The application form and more information is available at For more information, contact Community Services Volunteer Coordinator Laura Rodriguez at or (480) 644-3029.

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Contact: Kevin Christopher
Tel. 480-644-4699  



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