Grants to California organizations, schools, and community groups in eligible locations for youth-led community service projects. Youth must be involved in all aspects of the projects and programs must be led by youth between the ages of 12-24. Applicants must be located in Santa Barbara County.
Must be youth-led (age 12-24.) Youth are leaders in all aspects of the project, including writing this grant application.
Must operate in a democratic manner, responsive to and directed by the group of people you aim to serve; Teens in the community must benefit from your project, not just the planning team.
Must attempt to fix a problem affecting youth by providing a solution.
Must be located in Santa Barbara County.
Must have a sponsoring organization, such as a school or community group.
Projects must also do one of the following:
Actively support anti-discrimination based on race, sex/gender, age, religion, language spoken, or immigration status;
Actively support communities marginalized by power structures to engage in dialogue and actions that seek to counter social injustice;
Actively work to improve the rights of workers and their families whose living conditions have been marginalized;
Promote the cultural life of underserved communities and support the activities of cultural workers;
Promote self-determination and leadership development in low income and disenfranchised communities;
Promote Global peace and organize locally for just policies;
Work on building coalitions to enhance improving environmental justice and address climate change, especially organizing a constituency usually without access to decision-makers
Engage in collaborative action and coalition-building to strengthen movement ecosystems;
Work against community violence and actively support recovery and restorative justice activities and initiatives;
Operate in a democratic manner, responsive to and directed by the constituency being served.
A Strong Project Also Includes:
Research to find out the most pressing needs in your community.
An opportunity for you and other of your planners to develop valuable skills and knowledge.
An opportunity for other youth in the community to develop valuable skills, knowledge, or experience.
A plan to keep your project running for a year or more.
Must be youth-led (age 12-24) Youth are leaders in all aspects of the project, including the writing of this grant application.
- Must meet the Funding Guidelines
- Must operate in a democratic manner, responsive to and directed by the group of people you aim to serve; Teens in the community must benefit from your project, not just the planning team
- Must attempt to fix a problem affecting youth by providing a solution
- Must be located in Santa Barbara County
- Must have a sponsoring organization, such as a school or community group with a Tax ID Number or Employer Identification Number (EIN) and an organizational bank account
- Budget and Planned Activities must fall within the funding timeframe for which the proposal is submitted
- Must not be a currently funded grantee (Racial Equity Fund & Mickey Flacks Social Housing Fund grantees excluded)
Ineligible for Funding:
- Political campaigns that support a candidate or a political party;
- Private (vs. public) interests;
- Direct labor organizing;
- Projects providing direct services without a social change component;
- Direct support to individuals;
- Building improvements;
- Capital ventures, i.e. office equipment, machines, or vehicles;
- Equipment, i.e. office equipment, tools, etc;
- Projects located outside of Santa Barbara County.
YMC money cannot be used for:
- Projects that are planned & led solely by adults;
- Projects that are designed solely to raise money for your group;
- Trips/activities that take place outside of Santa Barbara County and include no follow-up in the county;
- Stipends or salaries for adult allies;
- Overhead (general) costs of the sponsor organization (Overhead costs are things like the gas bill, the phone bill, or monthly rent)