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Grants to Pierce County, Washington Nonprofits and Schools for Out-of-School Programs for Youth Ages 11 to 24

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Youth Philanthropy Board (YPB) Grants

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation (GTCF)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #152327

Grant Description

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Grants averaging $7,500 to Pierce County, Washington nonprofits, municipalities, and schools for out-of-school initiatives for youth ages 11 to 24. First time applicants and applicants who have not applied in the past three years must call the Foundation prior to applying.

The Youth Philanthropy Board (YPB) funds quality out-of-school time programs that provide youth opportunities to engage, learn, and lead. The Foundation believes that investing in youth is critical to investing in the health of the region – today and in the future. The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation focuses on the challenges faced by youth during the time they spend out of school.

The Youth Philanthropy Board (YPB) is a nine-month program that brings the important perspective of youth voice into philanthropy. Designed to provide youth the opportunity to play a role in funding decisions that directly affect their lives, the YPB equips members with tools to become philanthropic and community leaders.

The YPB believes that self-esteem, empowerment, and healthy choices are vital elements for youth because these are critical in helping youth navigate complex transitions to adulthood, career, and life success. The YPB will support programs that reflect these elements, create opportunities for youth to have leadership roles within programming, and value youth voice, and youth feedback by developing a platform where program structure and activities are influenced by youth.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

These grants are designed to support nonprofit organizations. Schools and government agencies may apply.

Organizations must meet the following qualifications to be eligible for a Youth Philanthropy Board grant:
- Serve Pierce County youth ages 11 to 24 with programming outside of school time
- Provide opportunities for youth to engage, learn, and lead
- Be aligned with GTCF’s values
- Not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental disabilities, gender or national origin and be inclusive with clients, volunteers, and staff

The Foundation does not support individuals, school-based clubs, or capital projects.

The following is a list of items that the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation does not fund through the Youth Philanthropy Board grantmaking program.
- Fundraising events or fundraising feasibility projects
- Individuals
- Scholarships
- Religious activities or programs that convert or attempt to convert a person to a particular faith perspective
- Production of books, videos, films, or other publications
- Events or programs that occur prior to the grant decisions being announced
- Annual campaign appeals
- Political or lobbying activities
- Endowments
- Debt reduction
- Agencies known to be in default on a financial obligation

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is Friday, March 2, 2018 at 4:00 PM. Final decisions will be presented to the GTCF’s Board of Directors for approval in late June with notification shortly thereafter.

Organizations that have never received a grant from the Community Foundation before or that haven’t applied for a YPB grant in the past three years are required to have a phone call with GTCF staff before applying.

Applicants might be requested to participate in a speed interview as part of the review process. Speed interviews are an opportunity for the volunteer committee reviewing applications to gain more clarity about the specifics of the application. These 20-minute interviews are by invitation only and usually occur 4-6 weeks prior to funding.

For questions regarding this funding opportunity, please call the Foundation.

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Successful grant requests typically range from $1,000 – $10,000. The average grant request is $7,500.

Contact Information:

Online application:

Gina Anstey, Vice President of Programs and Initiatives

950 Pacific Avenue, Suite 1100
Tacoma, WA 98402

Phone: 253-383-5622
General E-mail:

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