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Youth Making Change (YMC) Grant

Grants to Santa Barbara County, California Organizations, Schools,
and Groups for Youth-Driven Programs that Benefit Local Teens

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Deadline Date:

10/18/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $3,000 to Santa Barbara County, California organizations, schools, and groups for youth-driven programs that benefit teens in the community. Youth must be involved in all aspects of the projects and programs must be led by youth between the ages of 12 and 24. Preference is given to projects that address the causes of environmental, economic, social, and political problems.

Project Requirements:

  • Be youth-driven (age 12 – 24). Youth are leaders in all aspects of the project, including writing the grant application;
  • Teens in the community must benefit from your project, not just the planning team;
  • Attempt to fix a problem affecting youth by providing a solution;

Projects must also do one of the following:

  • Work against discrimination based on race, sex/gender, age, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, physical/mental ability, ethnicity, language spoken or immigration status.
  • Advocate for the rights of workers
  • Promote self-determination in low income and disenfranchised communities
  • Work on improving the environment, especially organize a constituency usually without access to decision-makers.
  • Operate in 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 the other youth 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.

You can use YMC money for (but not limited to):

  • Postage, printing, copying and design costs;
  • Materials or supplies for a program, like art supplies, software, books, etc.
  • Items needed for an event, like sound equipment rental, awards, food, prizes, CD's, etc.
  • Stipends for youth planners to carry out the project – a stipend is an amount of $$ that you get for your work on the project;
  • Trips outside of Santa Barbara County that explicitly support your work inside the county through a clear follow-up plan.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149869

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $3,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements:

- Be youth-driven (age 12 – 24)
- Be located in Santa Barbara County;
- Have a sponsoring organization, such as a school or community group

You cannot use YMC money 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

Pre-proposal Conference:

To learn more about the program, come to one of the workshops!

Workshop in Santa Maria:

Wednesday, October 2nd
Santa Maria Public Library
421 S McClelland St

Workshop in Santa Barbara:
Thursday, October 3rd
Louise Lowry Davis Center
1232 De La Vina St

Both workshops will be from 5:00-7:00 PM.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications due: Friday, October 18th, 2019.

Applications must be submitted before 5 pm. No exceptions

Contact Information:

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

For more information, you may email:

Santa Barbara Drop off:
26 West Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 962-9164

Santa Maria Drop off:
120 East Jones Street, Suite 110
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 922-1707

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Santa Barbara County

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