City of Boulder
Grants of up to $400 to Boulder, Colorado youth for recreational, cultural, and educational activities. Funding is intended to provide middle school and high school-age youth with access to activities in the state of Colorado that they could not otherwise afford. Recipients will be expected to complete five hours of volunteer service in the Boulder community for every $100 of funding that is approved. Eligible activities include music lessons, tablets/laptops, school sport fees and equipment, recreation center passes, school supplies, museum passes, etc.
GrantWatch ID#: 156489
$400 per calendar year is the maximum that can be received.
The volunteer work is to be completed within the year of application. January applicants may be able to apply some hours from December, but at least half of the hours should be done in the application year.
The activity/expense is to occur in the same year you applied for the grant. At the beginning of a new year, if you receive money from a previous year, please use the grant as soon as possible. You cannot save the money from year to year for an expensive item or college expenses.
Applicants must live within the city limits of Boulder and be of the age to be in middle school or high school. Applicants must be of the age to be in middle or high school, but not necessarily enrolled in school. Eleven-year olds in 5th grade do not qualify until after they graduate from 5th grade. Eighteen-year olds may apply for funds to be used until they graduate from high school.
Volunteer work must be done in Boulder. Examples of service include working at a nonprofit organization, cleaning up an area park, helping a neighbor, etc. See Supplemental Documents for a list of places at which you can volunteer.
Work done for your family does not count.
Funds may not be used for basic needs such as food, school clothes or medical care. Things youth may not purchase with their grant money include: XBoxes, TVs, Play Stations, Gameboys, air guns, and cell phones.
You cannot save the money from year to year for an expensive item or college expenses.
Deadline to receive applications: October 31, 2018.
Steps to Apply:
Step 1: A young person, not an adult, must complete and submit the application.
- Funds can only be used for something cultural, educational or recreational within Colorado. $400 per calendar year is the maximum that can be received. You can only spend the money on yourself.
- Applicants must live within the city limits of Boulder and be of the age to be in middle school or high school.
- Submit application to: Youth Opportunities Program (YOP), 2160 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302.
Step 2: Wait for an approval letter and time sheet from YOP
Step 3: Do your volunteer service
- Do your volunteer hours early as there is a limit on how much money can be given out.
- Work done for your family does not count.
- Volunteer work must be done in Boulder and done in the year of your application.
Step 4: Submit the pink Volunteer Time Sheet to the YOP Office.
- The deadline to submit hours is December 1st
Step 5: Wait for notification from YOP telling you that your check is ready to be picked up.
Five hours of service must be done for every $100 approved. The service must be done before any money is received.
Youth who receive money through this program are expected to submit receipts for what they purchase. If your application is approved for less than $400, once you submit the receipts you can apply again – up to $400 per year.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit application to:
Youth Opportunities Program (YOP)
2160 Spruce Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Marla Riley, Youth Opportunities Program Assistant
303-441-1911 or RileyM@bouldercolorado.gov
USA: Colorado: Boulder