Youth Volunteer Grants
To obtain funding for your project, look first to local organizations in your community. Check with your school, local chamber of commerce, religious organizations, United Way chapter and community centers. While not all of these will be able to provide funding, some can give you valuable information and resources on where to go. Be patient and persistent!
Below are resources that can help you get financial support for your project.
You and your friends identify the issues you care about and create community projects to turn your ideas into action. Do Something provides resources and support to help YOU make it happen.
Citizens Committee for NYC
Check out the Youth Solutions section!
Citizens for NYC’s Bank of America Youth Entrepreneur Month Awards Program is a competitive program that supports and recognizes youth entrepreneurs, promotes youth innovation, increases the number of nonprofit organizations supporting youth entrepreneurship, and links youth-run ventures to the many business sectors in New York City.
Youth for Youth Incentive Grants offer up to $1,000 for youth-run projects that address problems such as drug abuse, AIDS, youth unemployment, local school drop-out rates, and teen pregnancy.
In addition to the grants offered by the Citizens Committee's three program departments, there is also a special multi-year grant program to help build neighborhood intergroup and intercultural awareness. The Strengthening Neighborhood Assets Program (SNAP), this grant provides technical and financial assistance for 30 neighborhood youth and adult organizations and coalitions throughout the city that focus on preventing bias and building intergroup and intercultural communication and appreciation.
Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes seeks nominations for its annual awards. The Barron Prize recognizes young people ages 8 to 18 who have shown leadership and courage in public service to people and our planet. Half of each year's winners are chosen for their work to protect the environment. Winners receive $2,000 to support their service work or higher education.
Apply to become a Youth Venturer. If accepted, Youth Venture will help you start your project, and provide technical and financial assistance.
YouthNOISE will provide funding for youth-led projects focused on improving members' community or schools. Grants will be awarded in amounts ranging from $100-$1000.
You can win a $1,000 award, provided by the Global Youth Action Network. We challenge you to act on the issues that concern you! If you start a project that addresses a need in your community, you could win a 1,000 USD Global Youth In Action Award!
MTV and Youth Venture
A new pro-social initiative, think MTV is designed to inform and empower young people to take action on social issues. As part of their effort to encourage young people, MTV has teamed up with Youth Venture to offer think Venture Grants. Grants of up to $1,000 each will be offered each week through December 31, 2005.
The Constitutional Rights Foundation
Each year, with support from the Maurice R. Robinson Fund of New York City, the organization's Robinson Mini-Grant Program awards mini-grants of up to $500 for K-12 service-learning projects designed to address serious community issues such as poverty, hunger, the environment, mentoring children and youth, crime and safety issues, and aging.