Youth Action Committee (YAC) Grants

Download the 2020 Youth Grant guidelines

 The Community Foundation’s Youth Action Committee consists of teens who oversee the Youth Fund. Using survey tools, YAC members assess the needs of youth in their local community. Local nonprofit organizations that address the issues identified in the survey will be personally invited to apply for a Youth Grant. 

The Capital Region has three YAC branches: Charlotte, St. Johns and Greater Lansing.


  • Youth Action Committee members invite agencies to apply between December 1, 2019 and February 3, 2020. Grant decisions are made during April 2020, with notification of grantees and availability of funds in May. Funds must be requested within one year of grant approval date.


    Organizations eligible for Youth Grants must serve youth ages 12-18 in Ingham, Eaton or Clinton counties, and must be one of the following:

    • A public or non-profit private school
    • A registered student organization within the school
    • A non-profit charitable organization with IRS 501(c)3 status
    • A governmental entity that serves youth 

    The Youth Action Committee is especially interested in projects, programs and proposals that provide teens with skills to manage the most pressing issues identified in the 2019 Youth Survey. These are: 

    • Teen Mental Health (Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Suicide & Self Harm)
    • Abuse (substance, sexual, emotional, racism, sexism, bullying, cyberbullying, etc.)
    • Stress (academic, family, social, emotional, employment readiness, etc.)
    • In St. Johns, the students also identified a need to address homelessness and food insecurity.

    To find out how to obtain a passcode for completing a Youth grant application, please contact us to discuss your grant idea.

    Tracy Russman, Community Investment Associate and YAC Advisor
    517-664-9853 or

    YAC Grant Forms

    Apply for a Youth Grant  (Now Closed) 

    Youth Grant SAMPLE application

    YAC grant evaluation [Fillable PDF]

    YAC grant request for payment [Fillable PDF]

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