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VGF Volunteer Connector Grants

​Serve Kentucky is pleased to announce funding through the Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) for organizations interested in operating as local or regional volunteer connectors. Volunteer connectors strengthen and support the development of Kentucky's volunteer infrastructure. 

Agreement Period:  April 1, 2022* – September 30, 2023**
Grant Awards Range:  $5,000 – $20,000
Grant Operations:  Regional or Local Areas in Kentucky
Applications and Materials Due:  January 20, 2022
*May be earlier depending on state contracting timetables
** Close of the federal fiscal year

Request for Applications (RFP) Materials

​Service Enterprise Initiative

Serve Kentucky ​partnered with Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, to offer nonprofit organizations across Kentucky access to the Service Enterprise Initiative. The Service Enterprise Initiative is a national change management program that helps organizations gain a greater return on volunteer investment to better achieve their mission. Serve Kentucky is the only certified Service Enterprise Hub in the state. 

Achieving Service Enterprise certification is a very prestigious accomplishment for an organization. In fact, organizations that certify join the top 11 percent of nonprofits nationwide in volunteer management and organizational performance. Certification signifies that organizations have the capability and management expertise to strategically use volunteers to improve the performance of their organization. By becoming a Service Enterprise, you will be uniquely positioned to engage the time and talent of volunteers to expand program operations and revenue, realize higher programmatic impact, and better achieve your mission.

In fact, research conducted by the TCC Group found that Service Enterprises are equally as effective as their peers without volunteers, at half the median budget. Service Enterprises experience a proven return on volunteer investment, and research shows that they are significantly more adaptable, sustainable, and better resourced to do their work.

Through Service Enterprise, you will have access to:

  • Research-based program to transform your organization into one of the top 11 percent of nonprofits in volunteer management and organizational performance;
  • Diagnostic evaluation of your current volunteer engagement practices and tailored recommendations for improvement;
  • 16 hours of training focused on change management and volunteer engagement strategies and best practices;
  • Individualized coaching and the support of a community of peers to guide you through your Service Enterprise transformation;
  • Nationally recognized certification, with access to volunteer engagement networks, resources, and communities.

Email Serve Kentucky for more information about how your organization can become a Service Enterprise.