Everyone is aware of how young people need support and opportunities to learn, contribute, lead, develop life skills, and relate to others. Too often, we hear bad news about teen challenges without celebrating the wonderful, smart, creative, bring-on-the-world talents people ages 14-21 contribute to our communities. The Youth Development Grant Program reaches many young people offering positive role models, peer relationships and opportunities to lead. The end result for youth is a stronger sense of belonging, empowerment and a positive future.
The Giving Circle at Placer Community Foundation is a network of caring people, including professionals and businesses that have pooled their contributions and will meet to review and score the Youth Development grant proposals.
Based on recommendations developed by the Giving Circle, Placer Community Foundation will award competitive grants to nonprofit organizations to address the needs of youth ages 14-21. The average grant is expected to be $3,000-$5,000; any single award will not exceed $5,000.
Youth development approach:
Positive youth development reduces the likelihood of problem behaviors such as violence, teen pregnancy, and the use of alcohol and other drugs. A youth development approach helps young people develop the personal and social strengths needed for successful transition into adulthood. It is an approach that helps youth build strong relationships with others, learn new skills and give back to the community. While youth development is a life process that everyone goes through, the goal of this grant program is to ensure young people experience that process positively, particularly at-risk youth that encounter the greatest challenges. Research has shown that successful youth development programs support the healthy development of children and adolescents when offered:
Meaningful roles that involve responsibility and opportunities for leadership;
Caring relationships with adults and peers who model well-being, healthy behavior and provide a sense of belonging in a physically and socially safe environment.
Consistent, positive communication that youth can and will succeed.
Opportunities to have input and make decisions regarding activities they take part in, the rules they abide by and the setting where they spend their time;
An opportunity to make real contributions while broadening knowledge and understanding about the world around them;
Challenging and interesting learning experiences that help build understanding, skills, and competencies.
Local nonprofit organizations addressing the needs of underserved youth and young adults ages 14-21 in Placer County may apply by 12 noon on July 8, 2016.
Applicants must be a nonprofit organization that is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or they may partner with a qualified 501(c)(3) organization to act as a fiscal sponsor.
Applicants previously funded through Placer Community Foundation’s Youth Development Grant Program must have no outstanding final reports for this grant program. All applicants must be in good standing with the Foundation.
If the applicant is a faith-based organization, it must describe how it operates a social service program that is open to the public and involves no religious activities.
An organization is limited to one proposal for each Foundation grant program.
The goal of this grant program is to support positive youth development projects that provide these opportunities and relationships. Panelists will review proposals using the following application guidelines, considering the following key funding criteria:
Addresses the needs of underserved youth ages 14-21 who reside on the western slope of Placer County.
Uses a positive youth development approach providing relationships, communication and/or opportunities detailed above that will have a positive impact for youth.
Clearly demonstrates that youth:
o are partners with adults in the project,
o have had meaningful input in planning and developing the project, and
o are committed to and involved in its implementation.
Details a clear project description including project goals, activities, estimated number of youth & adults involved, timeline, expected outcomes and budget.
Priority will be given to projects that:
Serve economically disadvantaged youth.
Recruit youth from a variety of sources and/or communities.
Leverages other resources and demonstrates a viable plan for continuing the project beyond the requested grant.
Placer Community Foundation will award grants for one-time projects, for new programs or projects and/or for continuing or expanded projects that align with the goals and funding criteria for this grant program.
Placer Community Foundation will not award grants to and/or for:
Organizations and programs designed to elect candidates to public office
Acquiring fixed assets that are: a) not specific to the proposed project and/or b)100% of the project budget
Retirement of past debts or existing obligations
Scholarships, fellowships, travel grants and technical or specialized research
Organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race or religion.
If awarded funding, each grantee will complete a grant agreement with Placer Community Foundation prior to receiving funds. Failure to submit a final report on time will disqualify the grantee for future funding from Placer Community Foundation.
Total Amount Awarded$30,000
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