In 2002, nonprofit organizations around the country designated September 11 a national day of service, designed to encourage more national collaboration and improve the lives of those in need, as well as their communities.
Then in 2009, Congress legislatively established the National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11 to commemorate those who lost their lives in the attacks on our country, as well as honoring those who risked their lives to defend the United States from overseas threats. This year, to continue the tradition of remembering and honoring the people who protect our nation, UServeUtah is offering 9/11 Service Day grants of up to $1,000 for local charitable projects.
To qualify for a grant, local nonprofits must have signed on at least 100 volunteers to participate in projects that will be underway between September 8 and 16 of this year. Last year was an amazing success for Utah’s nonprofits during the 9/11 Service week, with 7 different organizations receiving grants to fund their worthwhile projects. For instance, you can see the home Habitat for Humanity volunteers built during 9/11 service week.
Since Utah is already one of the top states for volunteerism in the U.S., 2017 is on track to be one of our best years yet, especially on the 16th anniversary of the events on September 11, 2001. Applications for grants are currently open now through August 3, 2017. Awards will be announced on August 18, and projects will get underway during the week of September 8-16, 2017. To apply for a grant, please read through our application instructions, then submit your application and budget proposal before the deadline.