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Youth Advocacy Project (YAP) Grant

Grants to Routt County, Colorado Nonprofits and Agencies
for Programs that Improve the Quality Life for Vulnerable Youth

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation (CSFF)

Deadline Date:

11/01/18 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 and grants ranging from $16,000 to $20,000 to Routt County, Colorado nonprofits and government agencies to improve the quality of life for vulnerable youth, ages prenatal to 21 years. The purpose of funding is to improve the lives of youth with multiple risk factors, youth with special needs, and youth who experience socio-economic marginalization. Highest funding priorities are projects that address access to quality education and health services.

For this program, two separate grants are offered: the Standard Grant, and the High Impact Grant. Most grants fall in the category of the “Standard Grant,” $1,000 to $15,000. The High Impact Grant of $16,000 – $20,000 is reserved for exceptional projects or youth programming.

YAP Partners or new grantees applying for a High Impact Grant are encouraged to collaborate with other youth organizations to address specific obstacles youth face in gaining equitable access to such services. High impact grant requests that also address local policies or societal structures that may inadvertently discriminate against marginalized youth will be given top priority.

Philosophy and Core Values:
-Funding Support

Strategic Priorities

Health and Wellness:
-Access to appropriate mental health counseling; alcohol and drug abuse education and intervention; access to appropriate mental health facilities
-Access to multi-tiered and holistic child and family support systems
-Access to medical, dental, and other health services for children who have disabilities and/or special needs of any kind, are socio-economically marginalized, or experience social, cultural or other barriers
-Services or programming that proactively address stress factors that prevent or hinder optimal wellness, such as lack of family support/resources, history of family mental illness, lack of stable and affordable housing, lack of transportation, geographic isolation, and generational poverty

-Access to quality education, pre-school through 12th grade, county-wide, regardless of special needs, geographic locations or other barriers, or socio-economic background
-Access to alternative and non-traditional learning and enrichment opportunities, such as vocational and technical programs, therapeutic art and movement courses, and classes at CMC
-Stronger collaboration and shared resources among the three Routt County school districts to strategically benefit and meet the needs of all youth

Below are examples that CSFF has used over the years to define multi-risk factors of youth:

-Youth receives free and reduced lunch via school program
-Youth has been or is in foster care
-Substance abuse by the youth or others in the home
-Physical or verbal abuse in the home
-Parents and/or youth who do not speak English as their first language
-Youth has an open case with the Department of Human Services and/or the court system
-Youth/family is eligible for food stamps, disability, or any type of government assistance
-Youth has experienced a period of transiency or homelessness (including frequent moves due to inadequate housing situations)
-Recent death or an impactful loss in the immediate family (includes a prolonged or terminal parental illness, recent migration to the U.S., loss of parental income, loss of a parent living in the family home due to divorce, incarceration, residential treatment program, change of immigration status, or abandonment of youth/family)
-School avoidance and/or high levels of anxiety around school
-History of mental illness in the immediate family
-Youth experiences severe depression or suicidal tendencies
-Youth lacks positive parental role modeling
-Youth is a teen parent
-Youth experiences significant emotional or behavioral health needs that limit their potential
-Youth identifies as LGBTQQAI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Asexual, Intersex)
-Youth with mental, cognitive, developmental, and/or physical disabilities or any other special need
-Youth, or youth and family experience geographic isolation, lack of adequate transportation, and barriers to accessing education and health services

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149145

Estimated Size of Grant:

Standard Grants: $1,000 to $15,000
High Impact Grants: $16,000 to $20,000

Term of Contract:

Grants may be multi-year; organizations considering multi-year grants should contact CSFF and set up an appointment to review their grant proposal prior to the grant application deadline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

CSFF funds charitable tax-exempt organizations benefiting target youth in Routt County through YAP, including nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies that are part of state, county, or city government. CSFF is pleased to fund organizations that operate programs or projects in multiple counties, as long as YAP funds are allocated directly towards supporting Routt County youth.

CSFF requires any organization applying for a grant to show evidence of their 501(c) (3) public charity status through a copy of an IRS determination letter. Government agencies must provide educational or public advocacy programs, and must be a political subdivision of the State of Colorado.

Grants to private foundations are prohibited, as are grants to individuals. Grant applications will be considered for a specific program or project, or for general operating support to serve YAP’s target population.

Agencies that have no history of previous successful grant funding through YAP are not allowed to apply for High Impact grants. Agencies may consider applying for a High Impact Grant one time per calendar year.

Pre-Application Information:

CSFF must receive a completed YAP Grant Application, including specified attachments, electronically via the online submittal process accessed on this website no later than 5:00 p.m. The first funding cycle deadline for grant applications is the first business day in March, with grantee notification mailed by the first business day of April. The second funding cycle deadline is the first business day of November, with notification mailed by the first business day of December.

Agencies submitting a new grant request must turn in the Reporting Form one month before the grant deadline.

Philosophy and Core Values:

Multi-risk Factors:

Grant Guidelines:

Strategic Priorities:

Contact Information:

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

Please mail a hard copy of the application to:

Grant Review Committee
Youth Advocacy Project for Routt County
Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation
P.O. Box 776429
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477

Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation
35 5th Street, Unit 208, The Olympian
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

For further inquiries, please contact:
Kris Andersen, Grants Manager & Program Officer

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado: Routt County