City of Mesa News Article
Deadline extended for Make a Difference Day mini grants
By: Kevin Christopher
10/14/13 3:23 PM

Oct. 14, 2013
Public Information & Communications
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Tel. 480-644-4699 
Mesa, AZ – The deadline for volunteers to apply for mini grants to purchase materials and supplies for service activities in Mesa for the National Make a Difference Day of Service has been extended to Thursday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m.
Each grant involves a store gift card for up to $100 to purchase materials and supplies for a specific project or two free landfill passes to dispose of debris from your project
There are several eligibility rules and criteria that will be used to determine who receives a grant:

The applicant must be planning a service project with at least five participating volunteers to be completed in Mesa on Oct. 26, 2013

There must be a need for materials and supplies to complete the service project. For example, tools, such as paint brushes, that are needed to paint a house.

Applicants must clearly define the geographic area within Mesa where the project will take place.

Applicants will be volunteer groups with little to no funding, or limited access to other funding sources.
Based on the criteria, grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.  Only one grant with a maximum of $100 or two landfill passes will be awarded per project.   A maximum of $200 in gift cards will be awarded for each city council district. 
Mesa’s Make a Difference Day is part of National Make a Difference Day and is designed to encourage meaningful service projects that have a positive impact on the City.  At least 1,500 volunteers are scheduled to participate in approximately 50 projects throughout Mesa.  Examples of service projects include painting walls and curb numbers; cleaning up parks, alleys and canals; distributing fire safety and recycling information and helping residents who need assistance with painting and landscaping.
The application and instructions can be found at or contact City of Mesa Neighborhood Outreach Program Assistant Andrea Arenas at or (480) 644-5034. 

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