Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) - Learn and Serve America 2008 Higher Education College Student Social Media Initiative

The Corporation for National and Community Service (the Corporation) announces the availability of approximately $2.3 million of grant funding to support the facilitation of better engagement of college students in service through social media. Some examples of social media include: social networking (i.e. Facebook, MySpace, Ning, or integrating social networking capacity into existing sites), wikis, podcasts, blogs, RSS feeds, mashups, social bookmarking, widgets, etc. Successful applicants must demonstrate how their program can use these tools to engage increased numbers of college students, especially in partnership with other nonprofit or for-profit entities. The following Notice provides a description of the competition. One time awards of approximately $100,000 to $750,000 will be made to an estimated twelve eligible applicants for a project period of up to three years. While all applicants can build in funds for subgrants as part of their program model, the Corporation expects to fund at least one partnership dedicated primarily to disbursing small subgrants (under $10,000) to seed student-driven projects. This awardee must promote, review, and award subgrants using social media. Under this model, it is expected that the grantee will allocate at least 80% of funding for subgrants. Eligible applicants include (a) consortia of institutions of higher education and (b) higher education partnerships, defined as one or more public or private nonprofit organizations, or public agencies, including States, and one or more institutions of higher education. Examples of such partnerships include: a national service-focused organization and college campuses where it has affiliated chapters; a national non-profit partnering with a university to run a national subgranting competition; a regional group of student organizations with a campus advisor serving as a legal applicant. Applicants should have demonstrable experience in planning and implementing significant service and technology programs. The purpose of this competition is to facilitate better engagement of college students in service through the use of social media. Successful applicants must demonstrate how their program design can significantly increase the number of college students volunteering.

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: CNCS-GRANTS-032608-001
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Posted Date: Mar 26, 2008
Creation Date: Mar 26, 2008
Original Closing Date for Applications: May 07, 2008
Current Closing Date for Applications: May 07, 2008 The deadline for submission of applications is 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 7, 2008.
Archive Date: May 08, 2008
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Community Development Education Employment, Labor and Training Environment Food and Nutrition Health Other (see text field entitled "Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity" for clarification) Regional Development
Category Explanation: Service-learning and Community service
Expected Number of Awards: 12
Estimated Total Program Funding: $2,300,000
Award Ceiling: $750,000
Award Floor: $100,000
CFDA Number: 94.005 -- Learn and Serve America_Higher Education
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes

This is the link to the full announcement. You will need the full announcement to be able to apply for this grant.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a great opportunity!