Youth Program Grants

Fudning_YOUTH_GRANTSInvesting 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 2017, 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.

Grant Guidelines

To Apply

This grant cycle is open. Click here to apply. The application deadline is Friday, March 2, 2018 at 4:00pm.

Eligibility Criteria

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 2018.

Average Grant Request

Review Process

  • 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 the Foundation at 253-383-5622.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)