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Youth Voice Awards (YVA)

Grants to New York City Youth for Social and
Community Change Projects in Brooklyn

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Foundation / Corporation

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Brooklyn Community Foundation

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Deadline Date:

04/11/18 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 to Brooklyn, New York City youth, ages 14-24, to partner with local nonprofits for projects to create community change in their neighborhoods and schools. Funding is intended to engage youth in making decisions about youth-led and youth-centered community projects.

Youth Voice Awards will support Brooklyn’s young people working in the following justice pillars:

-LGBTQ Justice: Creating a safe space for LGBTQ identified youth at your mosque, church or temple

-Economic and Housing Justice: Creating a community art project that tells the stories of people living in your neighborhood and the impact gentrification has on them

-Public Health and Reproductive Justice: Hosting a Self-Love or Community Health Fair in your neighborhood where people can learn about ways to take care of themselves and connect to community resources

-Food and Environmental Justice: Starting a Cooking Club at your school where students learn to make healthy meals and snacks on a budget

-Immigrant Justice: Planning a film series in your school or community that showcases the voices of undocumented and immigrant youth

-Education Justice: Creating a big sib/little sib mentoring program where upperclassmen at your high school mentor youth at your local middle school

-Racial and Gender Justice: Planning a day of action at your school where all students meet to talk about identity and the impact our identities play

The Foundation will prioritize Brooklyn-based projects that:

- Fit into one or more of the justice pillars, outlined above
- Position youth as leaders and decision makers in their own lives
- Help young people deepen historical and cultural understanding of their experiences and community issues
- Have a neighborhood-based and community-driven approach
- Promote safe(r) spaces for young people to build, create and make change

Priority consideration​ will also be given to projects that are led by directly affected youth, youth of color, LGBTQ young people, or immigrant youth.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167254

Estimated Size of Grant:

Youth Voice Awards recipients get financial support for projects ranging from $500 − $2,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects will take place during the Summer of 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply, youth applicants must:

-Be 14 - 24 years of age and a resident of Brooklyn.

-Have a partnership with a Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization or a school that can serve as your sponsor. If you do not have one, please reach out to the Foundation to be connected with a Community Partner to help host your project.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Join for a youth-led conference featuring activity tables, organizing 101 training & interactive workshops.

Sunday, March 25 at 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT

YWCA Brooklyn
30 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217

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Pre-Application Information:

All completed applications must be submitted by Wednesday, April 11, 2018.


- February: Applications released
- March: Youth Unite! Conference
- April: Applications due Wednesday, April 11, 2018
- Summer 2018: Projects take place

Contact Information:

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

Email applications to:

Cecilia Clarke, President & CEO

Brooklyn Community Foundation
1000 Dean Street, Suite 307
Brooklyn, NY 11238

P: 718.480.7500
F: 718.722.5757

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City: Brooklyn;   New York

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