Application Guidelines

Applications can be submitted at any time but are reviewed quarterly following these deadlines: January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, and October 1st.

01. Students 18 years of age and under may apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities throughout the United States.

02. If you are applying on behalf of an entire class or student group, please designate a maximum of three student leaders to be the main points of contact for the project. We realize additional students may be involved, but having clear points of contact will make communication much easier.

03. Include numbers as best as you can. We want to know how many students will be involved in executing your project, how many people will benefit from your project, etc. Please note that more isn’t necessarily better. The numbers simply help us better understand the scope of your project.

04. While we understand the need for purchasing items to donate to others, your microgrant project should involve more than just purchasing items and donating them. Are you transforming the items you purchase into something else that can be used in a variety of ways? Are you bringing students together to pack/organize/make something out of what you purchase?

05. It is our intent that our grants fund the nuts & bolts of projects so we do not fund stipends, facility rentals, or transportation costs.

06. We notify applicants of decisions within six (6) weeks of each microgrant deadline.

The Karma for Cara microgrant program is managed by our partner, Living Classrooms Foundation. Living Classrooms is a nonprofit organization based in Baltimore, Maryland. Its “Inspired to Serve” program aims to engage students from a diversity of backgrounds in service.

Karma for Cara is committed to equal employment and volunteer opportunity without regard to age, ancestry, disability, national or ethnic origin, race, religious belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political belief, or veteran status.

This policy applies to all areas of employment and volunteer participation, including recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, transfer, termination, layoff, compensation, benefits, social and recreational programs, all other conditions and privileges of employment in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws

For all questions related to microgrants, please contact

Application Form


  • Please enter a number from 0 to 100.

  • Tell us about your project and why you want to complete it. Let us know how you plan to get the project done. Include a timeline for when the project will be completed and how we can measure the project’s success.
  • It is our intent that our grants fund the nuts & bolts of projects so we do not fund stipends, facility rentals, or transportation costs. Tell us how much money you need for your project (maximum $1,000) and how you plan to use it.
  • Protecting your health and the health of your community is important. Discuss how your project will deal with COVID-19 safety and social distancing requirements.

    If the applicant is under the age of 18, please answer the following questions about the parent or guardian:

    We suggest applicants be connected to a sponsoring school or organization to receive the funds from the microgrant program. Examples include your school, scout troop, youth group, etc.
  • By signing below, I permit my child to participate in the Karma for Cara Community Service Youth Microgrant Program under the terms and conditions set forth in this application. I hereby certify that all of the information listed in this application and/or any attachments to this application is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I acknowledge that all funds my child receives must be used for purposes of fulfilling the goals of the microgrant program. I agree that my child will submit project photos, progress and budget reports as requested by Karma for Cara after the grant is received. I agree that my child will participate in a post-project interview.