Riverside Youth Grantmakers Fund

The Community Foundation (TCF) Serving Riverside & San Bernardino Counties

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Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $2,500

Anticipated deadline: Mar 8, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Riverside County, California

Location of residency: Riverside County, California

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Overview:

About the Community Foundation

The Community Foundation’s mission is “Strengthening Inland Southern California through Philanthropy. The Foundation does this by raising, stewarding and distributing charitable assets by providing grants to nonprofit organizations, and working toward a shared vision of a vibrant, generous and just region — with unlimited opportunities. The Foundation focuses on building its endowment to ensure that The Community Foundation is Here for Good.

The Community Foundation maintains the rigorous national standards for excellence for community foundations and is a member of the National Council on Foundations and the League of California Community Foundations.

Background: Youth Philanthropy

The Community Foundation established the Youth Grantmakers Program in 2008 to encourage philanthropy among youth. Youth Grantmakers address issues important to them by being rigorously trained in grantmaking. Students ages 15 to18 apply to the Youth Grantmakers through their high school administrative or counseling offices. Through a rigorous 10-month, hands-on curriculum YG students build leadership skills, participate in community service activities, conduct a needs assessment of issues relevant to youth, make site visits to nonprofit organizations, review and analyze grant proposals, and make grant recommendations based on local needs.

The Youth Grantmakers Fund

The Youth Grantmakers Fund provides financial support for projects, programs and/or activities that serve youth in such areas as Health and Human Services, Arts and Culture, and Education.

Grantmaking Objectives

  • Involve youth in the development and implementation of the project, program and/or activity
  • Increase community involvement and volunteerism among youth
  • Promote values of personal responsibility in youth
  • Provide an avenue for internal exploration and personal empowerment of youth
  • Respect and promote diversity
  • Support intervention and prevention of social problems
  • Support and encourage youth creativity
  • Develop civic and public pride in youth

Program Interest Areas

Grant proposals will be accepted that address issues important to youth. Program interest areas are broad based and may include areas of academic preparation, cultural inclusion, awareness and prevention, as well as indirect and direct services that will help youth develop positive assets for strong social, mental and academic growth. Areas of specific interest to Youth Grantmakers as identified through a needs assessment include: Academic Stress; Mental Health; Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Family & Social Expectations; and College & Future Plans. Funding Priorities

The Youth Grantmakers Fund is a responsive grant making opportunity designed to empower the Youth Grantmaker members to review, score and recommend grant proposals that provide meaningful impact in the community. Submission of proposal that include activities that involve youth to address community need through involvement in arts (dance, drama, creative arts, music writing etc.), advocacy programs, educational classes, mentoring /tutoring, outdoor experiences, “real-life” learning experiences, service learning and treatment services are encouraged.

Grant Award

Applicants may request amounts in the following range: $1,000 to $2,500. The maximum grant award is $2,500.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Eligibility
    • Nonprofit, public benefit corporations with evidence of tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not classified as a private foundation.
    • Educational institutions are eligible to apply.
    • Nonprofit agencies that serve youth residing in Western Riverside County.
    • Agencies that operate so that they do not discriminate in the hiring of staff or in providing services on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.

Ineligibility:

  • Agencies that have received Youth Grantmaker funds consecutively for the past two years (2017 and 2018) are not eligible to apply.