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Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) Grants - Annual Grant

Grants to Colorado Organizations for
Youth Activities in Eligible Regions

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City of Boulder

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04/20/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Colorado organizations to benefit youth in eligible regions. Funding is intended to address needs in the community by supporting educational, cultural, and recreational activities for middle and high school students. Activities should provide leadership and pro-social opportunities to local youth. All grants must serve City of Boulder resident middle school and high school youth only.

The City of Boulder plans to award annual grants on a competitive basis to youth-serving programs utilizing a positive youth development approach which target young people and, as much as possible, are designed with their partnership. The city invites proposals which provide city resident middle and high school age youth with cultural, educational, and recreational activities, meet a community need, provide pro-social opportunities, develop youth leadership and engage youth as partners in their planning and implementation with a concentration on underrepresented middle and high school age youth. Overhead and personnel expenses related to those activities are eligible for funding. 

YOP has identified the following focus areas to address community needs:

  • Address issues identified in local HKCS results (Boulder is located in Health Statistics Region 16 and 2013 and 2015 data can be found at or;
  • 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, 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;

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140368

Number of Grants:

The number of grants awarded will depend on the quantity and quality of the proposals received.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants from $3,000 - $15,000

Term of Contract:

The term of the Annual Grants 2020-2021 funding period is from September 1, 2020-August 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: All applicants must be affiliated with a registered fiscal agent.

Eligible Youth Participants: 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 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; and
- 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:

Applications are due by Friday, April 20, 2020 at 5PM.
2019-2020 Annual Grants Allocation Timeline:
- February 2020: Release RFP and technical assistance offered
- April 3, 2020: Proposals Due
- March – May 2020: YOAB and staff review proposals; Applicant interviews held
- June 2020: Funding recommendations determined; YOAB presents recommended projects to City Manager
- July - August 2020: Applicants advised of funding decisions; Contracts negotiated with grantees
- September 2020 – August 2021: Funding cycle

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.

Contact Information:

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

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For any questions please contact:
Brandon Blew

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