Youth Organizing Grants

The Perrin Family Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Connecticut

Location of residency: United States

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What We Fund

We understand youth-led social change as a long-term process that builds the confidence, knowledge, skills, and collective leadership of young people while addressing the root causes of injustice and inequity in their lives and communities. Our grantmaking programs are designed to support organizations centering youth voice to implement social justice though youth leadership and youth organizing practices.

In addition to the specific criteria associated with each grant program, all organizations eligible for funding must exhibit a commitment to the following organizational practices:

Youth Adult Partnerships

Organizations must create opportunities for youth to work in partnership with adults to take on authentic, meaningful, decision-making roles in the programs and organizations in which they participate. Youth voices are valued, respected, and acted upon.

Leadership Development Model

Organizations must have a thoughtful and intentional process for developing young people’s leadership capacity. Rather than focusing solely on individual skill-building, the leadership development model should actively work to develop the shared, collective leadership of a group of young people over a sustained period of time, and encourage young people to take an active role in supporting the leadership development of their fellow participants.

Community Impact

Organizations must seek to impact not just individual youth, but a broader community. Organizations should actively work to eliminate the invisible boundaries between nonprofit organizations and the communities in which they exist by encouraging and supporting young people to explore, discuss, investigate and address the realities of their lives, experiences and the communities in which they live.

Youth Organizing Grant Program

We believe youth organizing is an effective strategy for creating transformative change in both individuals and communities. Our Youth Organizing grant program supports groups and organizations working on a wide range of issues that are defined and prioritized by their youth members and leaders.

Organizations interested in pursuing funding through this grant program must align with the following criteria and guidelines:

  • Ensure the active participation and leadership of youth at all levels of organizational decision-making.
  • Engage and continuously build the leadership capacity of young people in communities most affected by injustice.
  • Demonstrate an intentional approach and model for deepening youth’s critical awareness and root cause analysis, including their understanding of race, class, gender and power as it connects to institutional or structural-oppression.
  • Equip young people with organizing skills, including tools and strategies to analyze the power dynamics and issues unique to their community, conduct relevant research, build meaningful relationships and alliances with a broader base and allies in pursuit of common goals, and engage in thoughtful reflection about their learning and process.
  • Support young people to develop, launch, and implement organizing campaigns designed to generate structural and systemic change on issues that young people have identified.

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


  • Where we fund:
    • The Perrin Family Foundation is committed to supporting the healthy growth and development of young people in under-resourced communities across Connecticut.
  • Who we fund:
    • We provide funding opportunities to organizations of various sizes and believe in supporting work led by community leaders.
    • The organizations we support must engage young people between the ages of 13-24.
    • We fund organizations with independent 501c3 status or groups that are fiscally sponsored by a tax-exempt organization. 


  • Preference is given to small, nascent, and/or grassroots organizations.


  • Organizations that are not working in Connecticut are not eligible for grant support.