Grants of up to $5,000 to Michigan nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and educational organizations for activities that benefit youth in eligible counties. Funding is intended to support operational expenses, programs, projects, and services. Funds must serve youth in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties.
Requests should respond to need(s) identified as important by the local youth community in the Youth Needs Assessment (see Supporting Documents below).
Mental health issues, academic stress, and stress regarding future college and career are the top three issues facing youth in the region.
Vaping and other substance abuse issues are also near the top.
Antrim County youth are more likely to emphasize bullying; Leelanau respondents are more likely to rank vaping as a significant issue.
Youth Endowment Grants are available to nonprofit, educational, or governmental organizations serving youth in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau Counties.
The Youth Endowment application will be open Friday, July 14 through Friday, September 1 by 11:45pm.
- Each application is read and reviewed by members of the Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council (YAC)
- YAC Members in each county meet in October/November for a County Grantmaking Meeting to review and discuss the grant applications, and recommend how grant funds in their county should be awarded. Grant applicants may be required to have a representative give a short presentation at the Grantmaking meeting in each of the counties to which they are applying.
- Recommendations for funding are brought to the Foundation's Board of Directors in early December for final approval. Following this, all applicants will be notified of the decisions and grant funds are anticipated to be disbursed by mid-December.
Important Note: If you are applying for a grant in more than one county for the same program, you do not need to submit more than one application. If you are providing the same program, but it differs in cost, implementation or population served, or plan to provide a completely different program in each county, a separate grant application would be required for each county.