Points of Light Foundation
FY 2012 National Day of Service and Remembrance Grants
Title: Points of Light Foundation September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance
Summary information: As the world's leading volunteer organization, Points of Light has made a strategic commitment to engaging volunteers and supporting individuals and communities in disaster preparedness. The U.S. has experienced an average of 50 natural disasters each year in the last decade, yet experts estimate that only about 10% of households are prepared to respond to a disaster. We will provide families and communities with preparedness services in the form of training, resources and planning to at least 15,000 individuals in year one, on or around the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. This program seeks to increase the knowledge and coordination of the nonprofit sector's response in times of disaster AND to significantly increase the number of families, especially those most vulnerable, who are prepared to respond in times of disaster. We will achieve these goals through direct engagement of children in education settings, and through direct community wide engagement at large public events. Sub-grants will target 10 communities that are at high risk for natural disasters from around the nation and drawn from Florida, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, Indiana, Nebraska, Missouri and California. Grants will range from $5K to $15K, with opportunities for multiple grants within a given community for complementary preparedness efforts.