Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?’” 

Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.  The MLK Day of Service is a part of AmeriCorps’ national call to service initiative. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. 

These mini-grants offer eligible entities grant funding to effectively recruit and engage volunteers in meaningful service activities OR to deliver a service-learning activity that relates to Dr. King. A service-learning activity is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. Preference will be given to applicants that engage one other community partner in the planning, collaboration, or execution of the event. Service activities should engage a minimum of 10 volunteers and paid staff may not count as volunteers.


  • Guidelines are available here
  • Application is available here
  • Mini-Grant Frequently Asked Questions here
  • Grant period is from January 9th - January 23rd, 2023
  • For other questions, contact Elaine Rodriguez at erodriguez@ksde.org or volunteer@ksde.org