Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
MLK Challenge

NC Campus Compact is pleased to serve a third year as the Southern Cluster Lead for the MLK  Challenge. NC Campus Compact is a sub-grantee of Wisconsin Campus Compact in collaboration with Colorado Campus Compact, Illinois Campus Compact, Montana Campus Compact, New York Campus Compact and Oregon Campus Compact.  Funding for this grant is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).  

2014 MLK Challenge Southern Region Subgrantees

On October 7, 2013 NC Campus Compact announced the 12 institutions of higher education, in seven states, who will receive $12,700 to support activities related to the MLK Day of Service on January 20, 2014.  These institutions were selected because they effectively demonstrated their ability to meet the overall grant objectives:

Objective #1: Mobilization of Large Numbers of College Students
Objective #2: Expansion of MLK Day of Service Amongst Colleges
Objective #3: Impact on Local Communities with a focus on collaboration and increasing public-private partnerships.
Objective #4: Diversity

Together the southern region grantees will mobilize 3000 volunteers and connect with 60 community partners.  Each subgrantee was required to apply with a  minimum of two community partners. Grantees were strongly encouraged to partner with at least one additional institution of higher education.

We are especially excited to partner with Florida Campus Compact to provide funding to two institutions in Florida this year!

2014 Southern region grantees by state

StateGranteeCollaborating Campuses (if applicable)
Alabama Troy University  
Florida Florida International University

St. Thomas University
Florida Memorial University
Miami Dade College

Florida Tallahassee Community College multiple TCC campuses
Georgia Georgia Perimeter College multiple GPC campuses
North Carolina Fayetteville State University Methodist University
Fayetteville Technical Community College
North Carolina University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Duke University
NC State University
NC Central University
North Carolina University of North Carolina at Greensboro Bennett College
North Carolina University of North Carolina at Pembroke  
South Carolina University of South Carolina-Upstate Wofford College
Converse College
South Carolina Winthrop University Clinton Junior College
York Technical College
Tennessee Belmont University

Tennessee State University
Lipscomb University

Virginia College of William and Mary  

Resources for MLK Day Southern Region grantees


Final Report link:

Budget Form

Final Report Due Dates:

  • February 11, 2014 by 11:59PM EST(Grantees not implementing a semester of service)
  • April 21, 2014 by 11:59PM EST (Grantees implementing a semester of service)


PowerPoint from Webinar One (week of November 18, 2013)


Grantees must provide a non-federal match of at least 70% of the total cost of the project which may include cash and in-kind contributions.

10 Great Ways to Meet your Match

Match Documentation Guidance

In-Kind Donation Form

Volunteer Timesheet

NC Campus Compact Toolkits

You can also visit this list of MLK Resources we compiled.

MLK Logos

On the national site you can download the official MLK Day of Service logos. We have also included various versions at this link. You have clearance to use these images freely. 

Questions? Contact Leslie Garvin.

2013 Outcomes at a Glance

Number of grants: 14
States represented: 10
Total volunteers: 2623
Total projects: 131
Community Partners: 122


In Miami, Florida, over 450 volunteers participated in 9 projects throughout the region.  Activities included restriping a parking lot, planting plants around trees, distributing mulch to the parkgrounds, redecorating a classroom, making lunches for volunteers, edging a baseball field, cleaning up the playground, painting basketball stands, and pickeing up trash throughout the parks.

In Lexington, Kentucky over 180 volunteers served at more than 10 different locations to pick weeds and replace mulch, install a cabinet, paint a mural on the wall, paint rooms, re-organize storage space,  build a wall,  install a door, and build a 9-square game for a  park that will be used in the summer for summer camp activities. 

In Fayetteville, North Carolina, over 250 volunteers provided service to 13 different community organizations throughout the city.  Activities included sorting and tagging hundreds of food, clothing, and household item donations for families in need, weeding and cleaning multiple flowerbeds, building cribs, clearing litter from multiple sites, preparing and serving meals to the homeless, recording readings for the blind, and visiting and serving lunch at local nursing and rehabilitation centers. 

Photos from MLK projects in:

top - (NC) Elizabeth City State University 
middle - (VA) College of William & Mary 
bottom - (SC) Winthrop University

2013 Southern Cluster Grantees

Collaboration Grants (must include 3 or more partners)

Florida (Miami) - Florida International University (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay Campuses) and Miami-Dade College (North Campus and Hialeah Campus)
Kentucky (Lexington) - University of Kentucky, Transylvania University and Bluegrass Community & Technical College
North Carolina (Fayetteville) - Fayetteville State University, Methodist University and Fayetteville Technical Community College
North Carolina (Charlotte) - Queens University of Charlotte, Johnson C. Smith University and UNC-Charlotte
South Carolina (Rock Hill) - Winthrop University, Clinton Junior College and York Technical College
South Carolina (Spartanburg) - Wofford College, Converse College and USC Upstate
Tennessee (Nashville) - Libscomb University and Belmont University

Single Institution Grants

Alabama (Troy) - Troy University
Georgia (Clarkston) - Georgia Perimeter College
Mississippi (Hattiesburg) - University of Mississippi
North Carolina (Elizabeth City) - Elizabeth City State University
North Carolina (Raleigh) - NC State University
Virginia (Williamsburg) - College of William and Mary
West Virginia (Charleston) - Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College


For MLK Day 2012, NC Campus Compact served as the Southern Cluster Region Lead to provide funding to 23 campuses in 8 states who mobilized 5592 volunteers to complete 206 service projects.  NC Campus Compact was a sub-grantee of Wisconsin Campus Compact in collaboration with Michigan Campus Compact, Missouri Campus Compact and Oregon Campus Compact.  Funding was provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). 

Between 2008-2011 , NC Campus Compact managed a $300,000 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, along with five other national grantees, to support the MLK Day of  Service 2009-2011. Through this grant, NC Campus Compact engaged over 56,000 volunteers from campuses representing 38 states plus the District of Columbia.

Click here for the final report.

Through this grant effort we encouraged campuses to explore the MLK Challenge model. This model, created by the ACT (Appalachian and Community Together) Office at Appalachian State University (Boone, NC) in 2000, is a day of service projects... but with a twist.

We created two toolkits to assist campuses in implementing the MLK Challenge model and to engage college students generally. They are available for download above. Special thanks to MLK AmeriCorps VISTA (2008-2010), Kara Brown Quick, for her assistance on the toolkits.

For additional information about this initiative, contact Leslie Garvin.  We invite you to join the MLK Challenge Facebook page below.

Technology Challenge and Photo Contest

2011 Photo Contest Winner – Mars Hill College

"Many Hands Make Light Work" 

Eleven men working together to move a one thousand pound log, beginning the revival of a trail at a historically African American school that is in the process of being restored into a community and cultural center.

Taken on January 22, 2011 at Anderson Rosenwald School Project Site (Mars Hill, NC)
2010 Photo Contest Winner – Angelina Community College

“The Little Helper”

Taken on January 18, 2010 at the Phi Theta Kappa Upsilon Rho Children's Book Drive
(Dunbar Elementary, Lufkin, Texas)

Through the grant, we facilitated a Technology Challenge and Photo Contest.  Below are the outcomes. 

2011 Tech Contest
finalists (Fayetteville State University, Lewis-Clark State College, Missouri Southern State University, University of Washington)
Total votes nationwide = 16,878
Winner = University of Washington (WA) with 45% of the votes

2011 Photo Contest
otal votes nationwide = 11, 296
4 finalists (Duke University Mars Hill, Miami Dade College)
Winner = Mars Hill College (NC) with 47% of the vote

2010 Technology Contest
Total votes nationwide = 14,0555 finalists  (Appalachian State University, Central Piedmont Community College, Fayetteville State University, Missouri Southern State University, NC Wesleyan College)
Winner = Appalachian State University (NC) with 48% of the votes

2010 Photo Contest
otal votes nationwide = 2014
3 finalists  (Angelina Community College, East Carolina University and the University of Southern Mississippi)
Winner = Angelina Community College
(TX) with 37% of the votes

2009 (Technology Contest only)
otal votes nationwide = 11,922
6 finalists  (Appalachian State University, Bucknell University, Kansas State University, Miami University, University of South Dakota and Virginia Tech)
Winner = Bucknell University (PA) with 57% of the votes