In partnership with C&S Wholesale Grocers, generationOn is providing $500 grants to nonprofits and schools to support youth (ages 12-18) in Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, or Stockton, CA in hosting a "5-Hour Marathon to End Hunger" in their community. 

Interested? Here's what you need to know. 

What do grantees receive? 

  • $500 Grant 
  • 5-Hour Marathon to End Hunger Toolkit; 
  • Other guides and resources to help you support youth in implementing the service project from start to finish. 

What are the requirements?

Applicants must be: 

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Affiliated with a 501c3 nonprofit or a tax-exempt school. The grant funds will be given directly to the nonprofit or school. We are unable to give grants to individuals.

The project needs to:

  • Occur during Global Volunteer month, which is April 2020;
  • Take place in one of the following cities: Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, or Stockton, CA;
  • Engage youth (ages 12-18) in addressing the issues of food insecurity and hunger. 

If you receive a grant, you'll be required to:

  • Fill out some paperwork, so we are able to send the grant funds to your nonprofit or school;
  • Complete your project between April 1 and April 30, 2020;
  • Send us a post-grant report, including 3-5 photos from your project by May 8, 2020. 

Sounds great! What is the application process?

  • Applications should be submitted through this online form.
  • If you don't already have a Submittable account, you will need to create one, which takes approximately one minute. Please register using an email address that you check regularly, since we'll be sending updates on the status of your application. 
  • The application should take around 30 minutes to complete. You can save your application and finish it later by clicking Save Draft at the bottom of the page. 
  • When you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email. Once you've submitted it, you won't be able to edit your application. 
  • Grantees will be notified by early March. Even if you aren't awarded a grant, we will still send you a notification letting you know. 

What are you looking for in an application?

Submissions are judged based on multiple criteria, but we do have a few tips.

  • The more details the better. You don't need to include every detail about your project, but we do want to know that you have a real plan. "We will organize a canned food drive at Houston High School and donate the food to Houston Community Food Bank" is better than "We will organize a canned food drive and donate the food to a local food bank."
  • Numbers, please. While not everything can be quantified, we do want to see some statistics and some concrete numbers when we read your application. "53 percent of students at Houston High School qualify for free or reduced lunch – that's why we plan to start a food pantry on campus. We expect to gather 150 cans of food," is better than "Many students in our school face hunger – that's why we plan to start a food pantry on campus."
  • Read your application over before submitting. We don't mind typos – we know you're busy and this isn't the Nobel Prize in Literature, anyway. But, there's a good chance that all that we know about you and your project is what's written in your application. Please take a moment to read over what you've written to make sure it's clear before you submit it. 

Questions? Send the generationOn team an email at grants@generationon.org 

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