We are thrilled to share this blog post from one of our “Teen Voices” Volunteers, Beckett Hummer, a Sophomore at Meade High School in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
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This has been a year like no other, for many, many reasons. We have all faced unexpected challenges like never before, but yet so many opportunities and great things have come from hardship. We are unable to see our friends, go to school, and have been isolated from our normal lives. Now more then ever, kindness is so incredibly important in order to make connections and feel better about our situation.
We are all coping with COVID-19 as best as we can, it seems like the world needs kindness now more than ever. I know many of you out there have AMAZING ideas for how to spread kindness and Kindness Grows Here wants to help.
Kindness Grows Here (KGH) is a non-profit foundation (with 501(c)(3) Public Charity status) dedicated to fostering kindness in children and spreading kindness in our communities! I know a lot of my peers want to make the world a better place. Here’s your chance to do that:
Kindness Grows Here, Inc will be awarding their Annual Kid Kindness Grants this December (winners will be notified at the end of November). They want kids with awesome ideas to submit applications for ways in which they can help spread kindness in their school, community, town, or neighborhood. Please keep in mind: That all projects must follow all CDC guidelines for minimizing the spread of COVID-19: Social distancing, mask-wearing, no large gatherings. KGH will not consider any applications that don’t take these things into account.
Rules and Guidelines:
- All applicants must be students between the ages of 5-18. Applications may be submitted by individuals or groups. Groups can include a group of friends, a school club, a classroom, a scout troop, a sports team, etc. Any group is acceptable as long as all members of the group are between the ages of 5-18.
- All applications must be submitted no later than 11:59p.m on Saturday November 1, 2020.
- Individuals may apply for up to $250. Groups may apply for up to $700.
- All funds granted must be used for projects carried out by the students named on the application. The intent of these grants is for young people to be involved in developing and carrying out their own projects dedicated to spreading kindness.
- All projects must follow CDC guidelines for minimizing the spread of COVID-19.
- The application should be completed in the child’s words. If parents/adults would like to add to the child’s explanation they can do so, but you must clearly indicate which parts were completed by whom. Also, we fully expect that an adult will have helped the child/children think through how to make their idea safe in the time of COVID-19.
- Awards will be granted based on the following:
*Quality of the application: Is it detailed? Was the application completed in full? Does it demonstrate that a lot of thought was put into the project? Is it completed by the child who is applying and not just by the parent? (See #5 above)
*Impact: Will those receiving the kindness have the feeling that another person really made an effort to connect and show that they care?
*Creativity: Is kindness being spread in a creative and unique way?
* Safety: Does the project do everything possible to minimize the spread of COVID-19 while spreading kindness in a meaningful way?
NOTE: The winning applications will not necessarily be large scale, “grand” projects. We will be thrilled to fund simple projects that highlight a child’s desire to simply spread kindness on a small scale.
- All applicants must have an adult supervising their project. The adult will be responsible for ensuring that the project is completed and that the funds are used solely for the intended purpose. Adults will be responsible for keeping receipts to show proper use of funds. If the application is submitted by more than one student, then the check will be made out to the supervising adult.
- Please only apply for the amount of funding actually required to complete the project. DO NOT apply for the full amount just because you can. We will not fund projects that don’t provide a detailed “budget” of what the funds will be used for.
- All recipients of Kid Kindness Grants will have to provide a report (written, video, slide show, etc) to Kindness Grows Here, Inc within 4 months of being awarded the funds that details things such as, a) What it was like to complete the project, b) what the impact was, c) how people responded.
- Kindness Grows Here, Inc will in no way be responsible for the carrying out of or gaining permission for any of the projects funded through this program. Kindness Grows Here, Inc is simply providing funds and bears no responsibility or liability for activities or events carried out with the funds provided. Submitting an application is agreement to this waiver of liability. All winners will have to sign an official “Waiver of Liability” before funds are disbursed.
Remember, you can’t provide “too much information” on your application. If you think you wrote too much or gave too many details about your project, then give us one more detail! Click here to apply! (I promise, the application really isn’t that difficult and won’t take too long to complete).
I really look forward to seeing all the amazing project ideas you come up with. I know Kindness Grows Here would love to be able to help you achieve your goals. Remember, applications are due by November 1st, so apply today!