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USA: California: Riverside

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Riverside Youth Grantmakers Fund

Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #132533

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $2,500 to California nonprofit organizations and educational institutions for programs to benefit local youth in eligible regions. Focus areas include arts and culture, health and human services, and education. Funding is intended for programs serving youth residing in Riverside.

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: Mental Health and Suicide; Academic Stress; Sexual Abuse; Eating Disorder/Body Image; Substance Abuse.

Funding Priorities: 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.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- 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.

Agencies that have received Youth Grantmaker funds consecutively for the past two years are not eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received in the Inland Empire Community Foundation office by 5:00 p.m. on March 9, 2022.

All applicants will be notified of the results in writing by April 29, 2022.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

The grant period is up to one year. Projects, Programs and/or Activities may start as early as May 1, 2022 and must end no later than April 30, 2023.

Contact Information:

Mail the Application Packet to:
Denisha Shackelford
Youth Initiatives Manager
Inland Empire Community Foundation
3700 Sixth Street, Suite 200
Riverside, CA 92501

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