Youth Grants (YAC)

Download the 2021 Youth Grant guidelines

The Community Foundation’s Youth Action Committee (YAC) 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 are encouraged to apply for a Youth Grant, and will be given special attention by the grant committee.

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


  • Youth Action Committee members invite agencies to apply between December 7, 2020 and February 1, 2021. Grant decisions are made during April 2021, 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 most recent 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.

Questions: Contact Tracy Russman, Community Investment Associate and YAC Advisor
517-927-7729 or

YAC Grant Forms

Apply for a Youth Grant

Youth Grant SAMPLE application

YAC grant evaluation [Fillable PDF]

YAC grant request for payment [Fillable PDF]