Youth Program Grants
Investing in youth is critical to investing in the health of our region – today and in the future.
At GTCF, we focus on the challenges faced by youth during the time they spend out of school.
Through a range of programs, we fund opportunities for young people to learn, engage, and lead.
These are critical in helping youth navigate complex transitions to adulthood and map out pathways to career and life success.
The Youth Philanthropy Board (YPB) funds quality out-of-school time programs that provide youth opportunities to engage, learn and lead. In 2016, the YPB provided $75,000 in grant funding to Pierce County after-school programs.
About the Funding Opportunity
The Youth Philanthropy Board (YPB) is a nine-month program that brings the important perspective of youth voice into philanthropy. Designed to provide youth the opportunity to play a role in funding decisions that directly affect their lives, the YPB equips members with tools to become philanthropic and community leaders.
Each year, YPB members fund quality, out-of-school-time programs that provide youth opportunities to learn, engage, and lead. Through this, the YPB members help support their peers as they map out pathways to success in school and life.
The YPB believes that self-esteem, empowerment, and healthy choices are vital elements for youth because these are critical in helping youth navigate complex transitions to adulthood, career and life success. The YPB will support programs that reflect these elements, create opportunities for youth to have leadership roles within programming, and value youth voice and youth feedback by developing a platform where program structure and activities are influenced by youth.
This grant cycle has closed. Final decisions will be made in late June 2017 with notification shortly thereafter.
These grants are designed to support nonprofit organizations and do not support individuals, school-based clubs, or capital projects. However, schools and government agencies may apply.
Organizations must meet the following qualifications to be eligible for a Youth Philanthropy Board grant:
- Serve Pierce County youth ages 11 to 24 with programming outside of school time
- Provide opportunities for youth to engage, learn, and lead
- Be aligned with GTCF’s values
- Not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental disabilities, gender or national origin and be inclusive with clients, volunteers, and staff
Organizations that have never received a grant from the Community Foundation before or that haven’t applied for a YPB grant in the past three years are required to have a phone call with GTCF staff before applying.
Total Funding Available
There is a total of $75,000 to distribute in 2017.
Average Grant Request
- To be considered, applications must have been received before 4 p.m. PST on the deadline date.
- Applications are reviewed by a committee of Youth Philanthropy Board volunteers.
- Applicants might be requested to participate in a speed interview as part of the review process.
- Final decisions will be presented to the GTCF’s Board of Directors for approval in late June with notification shortly thereafter.
If you have questions regarding this funding opportunity, please contact Program Officer Holy Chea at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253.345.4179.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
We have $75,000 to distribute in 2017.
The average grant size in 2016 was $6,800. Successful grant requests typically range from $1,000 – $10,000.
Yes. We focus on supporting youth programs serving ages 11 to 24 in the time they spend outside of school.
Yes. In this case, you are required to submit both the organization’s overall budget and the Pierce County specific budget.
Eligibility will be based on the budget of the organization sponsored, not the budget of the larger organization serving as the fiscal sponsor. However, we will require both budgets as part of our due diligence review.
Absolutely! Please review our other grant options.
Yes, as long as your organization fits the criteria.
The following is a list of items that the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation does not fund through the Youth Philanthropy Board grantmaking program.
- Fundraising events or fundraising feasibility projects
- Religious activities or programs that convert or attempt to convert a person to a particular faith perspective
- Production of books, videos, films, or other publications
- Events or programs that occur prior to the grant decisions being announced
- Annual campaign appeals
- Political or lobbying activities
- Debt reduction
- Agencies known to be in default on a financial obligation
The Community Foundation believes it is important to bring community voices into our grantmaking decisions. We draw upon the experiences and expertise of community youth volunteers to review our competitive grant applications. The young people on our committee represent a diverse geographic area of Pierce County and are between the ages of 15 and 24. The committee makes recommendations to our Board of Directors about which applications to fund and at what funding levels.
Speed interviews are an opportunity for the volunteer committee reviewing applications to gain more clarity about the specifics of the application. These 20-minute interviews are by invitation only and usually occur 4-6 weeks prior to funding.
We require one written grant report. The grant report will be due within a year of fund distribution. We will send you reporting information before the report is due.