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Bloomington King Commission Announces Funding for "A Day On! Not A Day Off" 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 30, 2015

For more information, please contact:

Michael Shermis, Special Projects Coordinator, Community and Family Resources, City of Bloomington, 812.349.3471

Nicole Griffin, Chair, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, nsg@indiana.edu

Bloomington King Commission Announces Funding for "A Day On! Not A Day Off"

Bloomington, Ind. - Mayor Mark Kruzan announced today that the City of Bloomington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission has funding available for local organizations offering
service and educational activities for volunteers on "A Day On! Not A Day Off."

Organizations are invited to create projects that are dynamic and relevant. The best projects will combine meaningful service with thoughtful reflection and provide volunteers with opportunities for ongoing community involvement. These projects need to take place on and around Jan. 18, 2016, and during the 40 Days of Peace period (Jan. 19-Feb. 27, 2016). Eligible groups include nonprofit organizations, businesses, faith organizations, schools, community and neighborhood organizations, public and private agencies, student organizations and groups that serve veterans or military families. City of Bloomington departments and City-sponsored commissions must partner with non-City organizations to apply for funding.

"Martin Luther King, Jr. Day presents an excellent opportunity for us to enhance community condition and collaborations," Kruzan said. "We are pleased to call for proposals for funding, thanks to the generosity of the primary financial supporters of 'A Day On! Not A Day Off.' The City of Bloomington would like to thank these supporters - the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, and Service for Peace. We are making all the funds we receive available to local groups to help them acquire materials and supplies to be used by volunteers."

Funding will be awarded based on the number and quality of proposals, with amounts based partially on the numbers of participants; projects using greater numbers of volunteers are eligible for more funding.

Projects that include continuing service and those that involve disadvantaged youth, veterans or military families in service activities or as recipients of service are particularly encouraged.

Detailed guidelines and applications are available at bloomington.in.gov/mlk. Groups are encouraged to register their activities even if not applying for funding. The deadline to request funding is Nov. 9.

For more information visit bloomington.in.gov/mlk or contact Michael Shermis, by email at mlk@bloomington.in.gov or by phone at 812.349.3471.

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