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100+ NobleCause Community Improvement Grants Will Recognize Good Works of High Schools, School Districts, Higher Ed Institutions, and 501(3)(c) Public Charities

LakeLand, FL (October 12, 2015) – They say you can’t put a price on giving back. But for the past 10 years, NobleHour has been doing just that – promoting civic engagement and quantifying social and economic impact. Now, the leading community engagement platform is launching a $1,000,000 grant competition to help educational institutions and non-profit organizations continue to pay it forward.

Beginning October 23, high schools, school districts, higher education institutions, and non-profits throughout the nation are invited to enter a ‘NobleCause’ grant competition by identifying and addressing a local challenge that would benefit from community support, and taking action to recruit, mobilize, and enrich the social responsibility of volunteers.

“We want to honor schools and 501(3)(c) public charities around the country that are doing more for good measure – those organizations actively bridging social entrepreneurship and service learning, and demonstrating a commitment to their local community,” said Wesley Barnett, managing partner for NobleHour. “By nurturing these innovative and collaborative acts of goodness, our hope is to inspire greater civic-mindedness and foster a growing culture of volunteerism.” 

The route to reward is iterative: shape well-rounded students and service leaders, build better communities, and measure your collective impact. The NobleCause competition will award 104 organizations with $6,500 grants, while six exemplary organizations – having demonstrated a remarkable ability to raise community awareness and cultivate civic leaders who take action – will be recognized with $50,000 grants.

NobleCause is made possible by an anonymous donor within the GiveWell Community Foundation and organized by Noblehour.com, a volunteer management tool. For a decade, NobleHour has been connecting and equipping thousands of communities, schools, non-profit agencies, and organizations to chart meaningful, measurable acts of goodness. To date, more than four million volunteer hours have been logged via NobleHour, totaling an economic impact of more than $110,000,000.

“Schools and community-minded organizations across the country are making a real difference where they live, work, and study,” said Scott Fore, founding partner of NobleHour. “NobleCause grants are designed to recognize those efforts, and really inspire groups to keep meeting and exceeding the norms of volunteerism.”

The NobleCause application portal opens October 23, 2015 at www.NobleHour.com/NobleCause. Funding is available to organizations only, specifically: high schools, school districts, higher education institutions, and registered 501(c)(3) public charities in the United States. There are no organization size parameters, and applying organizations need not be registered NobleHour users. Review the NobleCause FAQ here

Completed grant applications and associated documents are due by 5:00pm PST on December 5, 2015, and award winners will be notified in March 2016. The grant is a one-time opportunity, and funding is not committed for more than one year.

For more information on NobleCause, visit www.NobleHour.com/NobleCause. To learn more about NobleHour’s online community engagement platforms and assess your ‘Noble Impact,’ visit www.NobleHour.com

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