• ICYMI: Volunteer Florida Announces Half a Million Dollars in Available Funding for Florida Nonprofit

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    July 30, 2021
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    Volunteer Florida Announces Half a Million Dollars in Available Funding for Florida Nonprofits
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Monday, June 28th, Volunteer Florida announced the availability of up to $568,000 in grant funding to assist Florida’s nonprofit organizations in the recruitment and retention of skills-based volunteers through the national Volunteer Generation Fund. Organizations interested in applying for one of the 27 possible grants should respond to the request for proposals by 5pm (EST) Friday, August 13th.
    “Thanks to Governor DeSantis, Florida is leading the post-pandemic charge in both workforce opportunity and community engagement,” said Volunteer Florida CEO Corey Simon. “With this year’s available Volunteer Generation Fund grants for Florida’s nonprofits, we are stepping up our game to recruit and retain thousands of skilled volunteers to serve in our local areas of need.”
    It is expected that this year’s Volunteer Generation Fund programs will help local nonprofits manage and support approximately 10,800 skills-based volunteers who will collectively contribute 81,000 hours of service throughout the state of Florida – a value of $2,131,920. Funding for the Volunteer Generation Fund is made available by AmeriCorps, the federal agency responsible for volunteering and national service, and administered for Florida by Volunteer Florida.
    Special consideration for funding will be given to organizations supporting rural communities and/or increasing economic opportunities through workforce development. New and second-year subgrantee organizations will be eligible to receive $20,000 in grant funding, and third-year subgrantees will be eligible to receive $24,000 in grant funding.
    To view the request for proposals and application instructions, please click here

    About Volunteer Florida
    In 1994, Volunteer Florida was established in Florida Statutes to manage national service programs and advocate for volunteerism throughout the Sunshine State. Since then, Volunteer Florida has evolved to serve as the state’s lead agency for mobilizing volunteers and coordinating donations before, during and after disasters, including managing the Florida Disaster Fund. After 25+ years, Volunteer Florida remains committed to promoting volunteerism in Florida, and launched the state’s official volunteer opportunities platform, Volunteer Connect, in fall 2019. Through our work, Volunteer Florida delivers high-impact volunteer programs and opportunities that engage Floridians, transform communities and make the state a better place to live. For more information, please visit www.volunteerflorida.org
    About Volunteer Connect
    Volunteer Florida is proud to introduce Volunteer Connect, the State of Florida’s official volunteer opportunities platform. Volunteer Connect serves as an intermediary between 501(c)(3) organizations and governmental entities that mobilize volunteers and Floridians who are interested in engaging in community service. To learn more or to find a volunteer opportunity in your community, please click here.