MLK Day of Service

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will sponsor its fourth annual community MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, joining a nationwide effort to transform the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. into a day on, not a day off.

Through funding from the Florida Legislature, SCF will provide 2017 MLK Day of Service grants to organizations in Manatee and Sarasota counties for service projects that will benefit Florida District 70. Up to $5,000 per project may be awarded.

Applications will be accepted from 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10, through 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. To learn how to apply for funding, community organizations must attend a mandatory information session at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., building 5, room 124. RSVP by contacting Rodney Jones, program manager, at or 941-752-5178. Sessions are scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. on the following days:

  • Monday, Oct. 3
  • Wednesday, Oct. 5
  • Thursday, Oct. 6
  • Monday, Oct. 10

Schools, student clubs, neighborhoods, businesses, churches, sororities or fraternities, and other community organizations are encouraged to submit applications.

Eligible service projects will address education, health, clean energy/environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, disaster preparedness, support for veterans and military families, public safety and neighborhood issues.

Last year’s top three projects included painting two houses as part of a neighborhood revitalization project, landscaping and parking lot improvements for the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota, and an ACT test prep boot camp for high school students.

MLK Day of Service activities should begin by Jan. 16 and must be completed by Jan. 23. Award recipients are required to attend a celebration event in February.


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