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Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) Grants: Annual Grant

Grants to Boulder, Colorado Organizations for Cultural,
Recreational, and Educational Youth Programs

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City of Boulder

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03/16/18 4:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $3,000 to $15,000 to Boulder, Colorado to organizations for programs serving middle and high school age city youth that provide activities in the areas of culture, education, and recreation. Funding is intended for programs using a positive youth development approach with a focus on programs that are developed by the youth themselves and meet the needs of underserved youth. Funds may be used for overhead and personnel expenses.

The Youth Opportunities Program has identified the following focus areas to address community needs:
- Address issues identified in local Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) results;
- Promote the youth voice by engaging youth in structured aspects of civic life and/or in community dialogue on social issues;
- Provide access to after-school, evening, and/or summer opportunities that likely wouldn't otherwise be available to youth;
- Provide employment-related education opportunities for youth;
- The priority for all YOP funding is to support programs serving low-income youth, Latino youth, middle school youth, or youth who are immigrants, and youth with disabilities/who are differently-abled.

Youth Involvement in Proposal Preparation:
Part of the purpose of the Youth Opportunities Program is to increase youth civic participation and the youth voice in decision-making. It is not a requirement that young people run the proposed project. However:
- It is essential that youth are involved in the project’s design;
- Projects must utilize positive youth development principles;
- A young person who has been involved in discussions about the project must complete the Youth Representative Form;
- If the applicant is invited to participate in an interview, young people who are familiar with the project should attend and help represent the proposal;
- Youth benefiting from the funds are expected to do local volunteer work;
- Please note throughout the proposal which specific components youth have contributed by using quotation marks for quotes or a different font to highlight their contributions to grant writing.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140368

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant proposals may request between $3,000 and $15,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Only one-year grants are available. The term of the Annual Grants 2018-2019 funding period is from September 1, 2018-August 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must be affiliated with a registered fiscal agent.

The participants in the proposed projects must be City of Boulder residents who are middle and/or high school age youth, but they need not necessarily be enrolled in school. Project participants not enrolled in school must be under the age of 21. Youth who have already graduated from high school or who have received a G.E.D. may not benefit from these funds.

Please note that programs that take place or are based in schools within the Boulder city limits may serve any student enrolled at the school, regardless of where they live. Programs that include youth who live outside the limits of the City of Boulder are eligible to apply as long as the majority of youth served are City of Boulder residents. In this case, since YOP funding can only be used to pay for services to City of Boulder residents, another source of funds will be needed to pay for services to non-city residents. The budget requested in this proposal to the YOP should be for City of Boulder residents only.

Funds awarded under this grant program may not be used to:
- Cover expenses for youth who live outside the City of Boulder;
- Pay stipends to all youth participants. In very rare cases funds may be used to pay youth staff;
- Pay for out-of-state travel and/or activities;
- Pay for extensive staff time for planning purposes;
- Pay for the same aspect of a project for which funding is being sought or has been secured from the City of Boulder Human Services Fund, City of Boulder Health Equity Fund, City of Boulder Substance Abuse Education and Awareness, or City of Boulder Human Relations Commission Human Relations Fund.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be typed and submitted as a PDF via email by Friday, March 16, 2018, by 4:00 p.m.

All new and previous applicants are encouraged to request a meeting or phone call with YOP staff to review this RFP and address any questions you may have. YOAB members and YOP staff will be available to provide ongoing assistance to funded proposals throughout the grant term.

2018-2019 Annual Grants Allocation Timeline:
February 2018: Release RFP and technical assistance offered
March 13, 2018: Proposals Due
March - May 2018: YOAB and staff review proposals; Applicant interviews held
June 2018: Funding recommendations determined; YOAB presents recommended projects to City Manager
July - August 2018: Applicants advised of funding decisions; Contracts negotiated with grantees
September 2018 – August 2019: Funding cycle

Contact Information:

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

Email applications to

For any questions or for technical assistance contact Marla Riley, Youth Opportunities Program Assistant, at the above email or at 303-441-1911.

2160 Spruce St.
Boulder, CO 80302

Phone: 303-441-4357
Fax: 303-441-4348

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado: City of Boulder