Blog/Video Guiding Questions
Blog/Video Best Pratices
As an incentive to foster a greater sense of community, we’ve created the ServiceFund. To participate in the ServiceFund program, Fellows are required to live with another ServiceCorps Fellow within our designated geographical area (list provided below). Approved housemates are eligible to apply for funding per the schedule below.
ServiceFund payment limits 2016-17:
- 2 Fellows=$1,500 (NYC & Boston)
- 3 Fellows=$3,000/$3,500 (NYC/Boston)
- 4 Fellows=$4,500 (NYC & Boston)
- 5 Fellows=$6,000 (NYC & Boston)
Cities eligible for the ServiceFund include:
- New York City Area
The designated geographic area for New York City includes:
Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Harlem, Hoboken, Jersey City
- Boston Area
The designated geographic area for Boston includes:
Allston, Back Bay, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, Brighton, Charlestown, Chinatown/Leather District, Dorchester, Downtown, East Boston, Fenway Kenmore, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mid Dorchester, Mission Hill, North End, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston, South End, West End, West Roxbury
Welcome to the ServiceCorps ServiceFund Application Form. We are glad to offer you this opportunity!
Eligible events/activities must:
- Benefit the ServiceCorps community or local community
- Include all individuals that will be sharing the ServiceFund (i.e. ServiceCorps roommates)
The events include but are not limited to:
- Events at your apartment:
- Housewarming Parties
- Book Club’s
- Halloween Party/Costume Party
- Holiday Party
- Building a garden at home
- Potluck dinner party
- Events around your placement city:
- Rent out a karaoke room
- Rent a lane at a bowling alley
- Rent out a pool table
- Sports games
- Lodging, transport, food, etc.
**These are just a sample of the many other ways to use your grant
ServiceFund Grant Eligibility Requirements:
- All members of the ServiceCorps Fellowship can apply for any number of ServiceFund Grants within the allotted ServiceFund your apartment received,
- Grants are made anytime within the Fellowship year
- ServiceFund Grants are distributed between a minimum of $200 and a maximum of $1,000.
- ServiceFund Grants requests must be submitted 1 week prior to the event/activity and will not be awarded retroactively.
- In the event your application is approved, the value of your ServiceFund Grant will be indicated by ServiceCorps in the confirmation email you will receive. This may be more or less than the grant amount requested.
- In order to receive your grant, all receipts/invoices must be submitted within 30 days following the conclusion of the activity using the unique reporting link in your approval email.
- In order to receive your grant, you must submit a written blog or video post, describing: what the ServiceFund Grant enabled you to do, how you or your activity benefited from the grant; and any longer term impact it has had. The blog may be posted for the public unless you specify otherwise.
- All ServiceCorps Grant payments will be made via check and will be sent to Fellows ServiceFund apartment address.
ServiceFund Blog/Video Overview
In addition to submitting the receipts associated with your ServiceFund Grant expenses, you will need to submit a written blog or video reflection in order to receive your reimbursement.
- ServiceFund blogs do not have to be long or wordy; however, please keep in mind that we depend on them to understand how you used your ServiceFund Grant and the impact it's had on you!
- Great written blogs tend to be 300 words or more; videos should be approximately 1-2 minutes(**example of written blog at the bottom of this page**)
- Make sure to include:
o A brief “About” section that includes your name, URL (where relevant) and a few words stating your role (for example, “Kevin Miranda, Citigroup Fellow working at placement organization ServiceCorps”)
o What the ServiceFund Grant enabled you to do
o How you or your activity benefited from the grant
o Any longer term impact it has had
**The blog may be posted for the public to read/see unless you specifically request otherwise.**
For examples, visit our ServiceFund Grant blogs (coming soon).
ServiceFund Grant Blogs – Some Guiding Questions
Need some ideas for what to include in your ServiceFund Grant blog? Not sure where to begin? Take a look at the guiding questions below – we hope they’ll spark some ideas!
- The Basics: Describe the experience you had with the help of your ServiceFund Grant. Be specific! If you attended/hosted an event/conference/retreat, please describe particular activities you found most interesting or enjoyable.
- Goals & Expectations: What were your personal and/or professional goals in pursuing this project or experience? Were those goals met? Looking back, how did this ServiceFund Grant help you advance personally, professionally, and/or a mix of both?
- Connect & Create: Was this a significant bonding or collaborative experience? Tell us about the people you met and/or worked with and how they may (or may not) be helpful to you in the future. Did you interact with other ServiceCorps Fellows as a result of this ServiceFund Grant? If you’ve already began connecting and creating as a result of this experience, tell us about it!
- Best Practices: Help ServiceFunders help themselves! What do you wish you knew beforehand about this opportunity that you know now? Please provide a tip or two to fellow ServiceFunders who may wish to use their ServiceFund Grants for this (or a similar) experience in the future.
Helpful Tips & Best Practices for Reporting
We’re interested in hearing what YOU have to say!
While completing your ServiceFund Grant report, please reflect on your own personal experiences, ideas and thoughts in your own words. If you must utilize existing language to get across a particular point for written reflections, please indicate that the language is not your own with quotation marks and a citation.
We want to share your achievements with the world!
Unless you request otherwise, your responses/blog posts/videos (in whole or in part) may appear on ServiceCorps marketing material, social media channels, websites or other public-facing publications. ServiceCorps will select blogs to share publicly based on quality of writing (or presentation, for video blogs) and/or the uniqueness of the experience described. As such, please take care to create a reflection of substance that reflects meaningfully upon your ServiceFund Grant project.
We may follow-up with you!
If we feel that we need more information or you have not completed your report accurately, we will be in touch with you directly.
As we at ServiceCorps always say, we are not afraid to “drill a dry hole” – i.e., take a risk!
Remember, it’s OK to say that you would have done something differently if the project didn’t meet your expectations or you don’t recommend the service you used.
Examples of ServiceFund Blog Posts
Please find examples of ServiceFund activities here: https://blog.servicecorps.org/
How To Post A ServiceFund Blog
Directions: In order to receive your reimbursement to the approved ServiceFund Grant, ServiceCorps requires that you blog in either one of two formats:
- A written blog (300 words or more)
- A short video explaining your ServiceFund activity (approximately 1-2 minutes in length)
In order for you to send in a blog post, we require that you submit it through our web form. To access the ServiceFund Blog Post web form, please click the link below: