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The Summer Youth Program Fund (SYPF)

Grants for Summer Programs for Underserved
or Special Needs Youth in Arizona

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Arizona Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/18/12 5:00 PM


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Non-profit organizations located in selected areas of Arizona are eligible to apply for grants for summer youth programs. The Foundation seeks to provide support for those summer programs already in existence to enable them to have sufficient funding to provide interesting and engaging activities for underserved and special needs youth.

The Summer Youth Program Fund (SYPF) supports agencies that provide summer services for youth of Maricopa County. The SYPF recognizes that summer programs, particularly those serving economically disadvantaged youth, require financial assistance to provide creative and recreational outlets while fostering personal development and life-long learning.

During out-of-school time, young people tend to engage in the highest levels of health-harming behaviors. Targeted programs provide a continuum of care during the summer months and offer opportunities for youth to develop and sustain enriching and healthy lifestyle activities that will divert them from negative behaviors.

The Summer Youth Program Fund is for programs with a history of at least two years. This opportunity is provided to encourage collaborative efforts amongst organizations with similar goals, increase service capacities, and expand outreach to touch the lives of more youth of Maricopa County.

Program activities can be varied, centering on personal youth development, arts and culture, recreation and physical activity, environment/nature, disability or academic/educational. If requesting support for daily programs, they must be conducted for at least four hours per day, and residential programs must be conducted for more than one night.

Recognizing that youth-serving organizations shape the environment of our youth, the SYPF will encourage all applicants to play a role in addressing the trend of childhood overweight/obesity through implementation of proper nutritional practices and opportunities to be physically active. Organizations with a focus on artistic and academic programs are encouraged to apply with innovative ways to decrease sedentary activities and increase knowledge of healthy lifestyles.

Listed below are the Foundation's funding priorities:
* Serve disadvantaged youth from neighborhoods with limited access to organized activities
* Serve youth with disabilities or special health needs
* Exhibit stable history of community support, outreach, and partnerships
* Demonstrate ability to increase number of youth served
* Provide age-appropriate, enriching activities and educational components
* Identify areas to improve quality of program and increase positive impact to participants
* Establish realistic outcomes for the program participants
* Create innovate methods to reach youth and instill healthy lifestyle behaviors
* Collaborate among fellow grant seekers

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 127163

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

$2,500 -$25,000


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

* Organizations may not submit proposals under the 501(c)(3) umbrella of another agency.
* Faith-based organizations may apply, but the main purpose and content of the proposed summer program must not consist of inherently religious activities.
* The proposed summer program must primarily (at least 80 percent) serve youth who are Maricopa County residents, although the service may be provided outside of Maricopa County.

Pre-Application Information:

The program must have a minimum history of two years.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Questions regarding the Summer Youth Program Fund: email

Web site difficulties? Contact:
ACF Philanthropic Services Assistant
Kristen Nelson
Phone: (602) 381-1400 ext. 2062.

Grant Coverage Areas:

Maricopa County

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona