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Grants Advisory Board for Youth (GABY) Grants

Grants to California Youth Teams in Eligible Counties for
Equity-Related Projects During the Coronavirus Crisis

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Sacramento Region Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/21/20 5:00 PM (PST)


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Grants of up to $500 to California youth teams sponsored by a nonprofit organization or school to further equity-related causes in eligible counties. Funding is intended to support projects led by supervised youth that have been adjusted to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic reality and address the needs of disadvantaged communities. Funded projects must take place in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, or El Dorado County.

The Sacramento Region Community Foundation, in collaboration with Youth Development Network, is pleased to announce that the Grants Advisory Board for Youth (GABY) is now accepting grant proposals for youth-led projects in the Sacramento region for the 2021 school year. This year's theme is "Youth Promoting Adaptability and Rebuilding Through Community Equity." GABY seeks to support youth-led projects that have adapted or are shifting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and meet a need found in the community that supports historically or currently underserved populations. 

Projects that amplify existing efforts or help organizations increase their reach or sustainability are encouraged.

Your project must:

  • Involve youth in meaningful leadership and decision-making roles, so that they are regarded as resources, not just recipients of services. See "Hart's Ladder of Young People's Participation" in Supporting Documents below. (GABY is looking for projects with youth participating at Rung 7 and 8). 
  • Develop youths' problem solving, planning, and other life skills to prepare them to take on adult roles and responsibilities.
  • Connect youth to their own communities so that they can become knowledgeable and contribute to their own communities.
  • Promote interaction and cooperation among youth, and between youth and adults.
  • Impact youth in the community, not just the project planners.
  • Respond to the theme of "Youth Promoting Adaptability and Rebuilding Through Community Equity."
  • Take place in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, or El Dorado counties.

Things a GABY Grant Can Pay For:

  • Materials or supplies cover physical items you will most likely use up in order to complete your project. For example: refreshments, art supplies, prizes, decorations, equipment or space rental, etc.
  • Equipment includes items that will likely last beyond the term of the project. (i.e. books, software, cameras, etc.) The agency sponsor will own the equipment after the end of the grant.
  • Travel includes bus passes, auto rental, or other transportation costs within the eligible counties.
  • Professional services include fees paid for speakers, entertainers, trainers or other professionals hired as a part of your project. This does not include payment of fees to the youth team members.
  • Communications/outreach include postage, printing, design and other costs for producing publications or fees associated with marketing/media coverage. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162783

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $500 will be made. A grant request for the full amount of $500 will need to be very specific regarding the results of the grant and the cost.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by May 15, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- The youth team must be sponsored by a nonprofit organization or school to accept grant funds. Nonprofits in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer and El Dorado counties are eligible to apply.
- The project must take place in one of the following counties: Sacramento, Yolo, Placer or El Dorado.
- Grantees are required to attend the Grantee Award Ceremony on February 6, 2021 and Final Grantee Convening on May 15, 2021 as a part of the requirements of receiving a grant. Please note, these events will take place virtually; a Zoom link will be sent prior to each event.

All applications must comply with the following GABY guidelines:
- Your team is youth-led and involves youth as team members. Youth are defined as 10 to 19 years old.
- Your team includes supervision. Your team has an agency sponsor that is a nonprofit organization or a school. An agency sponsor is an organization that is legally recognized as a charity with 501(c)(3) certification from the government.

Pre-Application Information:

- GABY Grants Launch: November 25, 2020
- GABY Grants Close: December 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm (PST)
- GABY Awardee Convening: February 6, 2021
- GABY Convening: May 15, 2021
- Projects Completed By: May 15, 2021
- Final Reports Due: June 4, 2021

For further information and application preview, see:

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

For questions in regards to the content of your proposal please contact GABY members at

Sacramento Region Community Foundation
955 University Avenue, Suite A
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 921-7723

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