What are Community Service Grants?

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  • Written By: Erin J. Hill
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  • Last Modified Date: 11 October 2019
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Community service grants generally refer to sums of money given by the government to help certain eligible communities and community-based organizations with specific projects and services. This may include funding to help pay the costs of community health clinics, food banks, homeless shelters, or youth programs and recreation centers. These projects are often run by organizations located within the community. The goal of these organizations is to provide services throughout a specific community in order to help the citizens with a specific problem.

In most cases, community service grants are offered to those organizations or projects that the government deems to be most necessary. For example, health care-related services are often funded to help provide care to those who can’t afford or do not have access to quality health care. Other grants may cover issues like violence prevention and youth programs.

Both national and local governments may provide community service grants. Local city governments may provide grants to cover things like vandalism clean-up or funds to bring houses up to safety regulations. Many communities that are considered historic or valuable to the town’s history may be given funds to revitalize areas that need it, and to help families in the area make their homes and properties look more appealing in order to raise property values.


To qualify for community service grants, the foundation or organization must submit a grant proposal to the government offices responsible for awarding grants. The proposal must include information regarding exactly what the money will be used for once awarded as well as why it is needed in that particular community. Professional grant writers can be hired to take care of the proposal, as they have been trained in writing in the correct format.

In most cases, a limited number of grants are awarded each year. Organizations can apply for more than one grant at a time, but they cannot apply to the same grant more than once within the same period. The government generally allows the same organization to reapply the next year.

Not all grants are offered by the government. Sometimes large businesses or foundations will award a yearly grant to organizations who meet certain criteria. Rules for applying may vary based on the company and funding amounts generally differ from company to company. Each company generally donates grant awards to one organization per year, although this may vary.



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