Youth Philanthropy Board

At GTCF, we believe youth are the experts about what they need.

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Board (YPB) connects young people with a passion for their community to the skills and tools necessary to cultivate positive change.

The nine-month program gives 15 Pierce County youth between the ages of 15 and 24 the opportunity to learn more about local youth services and build skills to make grant recommendations to youth-serving organizations.

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:

  • Leadership Training
  • Learning how youth service works in Pierce County
  • Meeting with community leaders
  • Visiting youth organizations that are working for a better community
  • Collaborating with other Pierce County youth on making grants to youth organizations
  • Receiving reimbursement for all travel costs

Interested in joining the Youth Philanthropy Board?  Apply here. 


2018 Youth Philanthropy Board

Youth Philanthropy Board Grants

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.

In 2017, the YPB provided $75,000 in grant funding to Pierce County after-school programs.

Grant Guidelines

To Apply

This grant cycle is closed for 2018. Grants will be announced in late June 2018.

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 GTCF’s Board of Directors for approval in late June with notification shortly thereafter.

If you have questions regarding this funding opportunity, please contact GTCF at 253-383-5622.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)