Youth Grants (YAC)

The Youth Action Committee (YAC) is a group of teens who oversee the Youth Fund. The Capital Region has three YAC branches: Charlotte, St. Johns and Greater Lansing.

Youth Grant Criteria:

Youth grants are up to $5,000 per organization.

Organizations eligible for Youth Grants must serve youth and teens in Ingham, Eaton or Clinton counties.

The 2021 Youth Action Committee is especially interested in proposals that provide teens with skills to handle with the most pressing issues identified in the recent Youth Survey, which 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.)
  • Homelessness and food insecurity

Youth Grant Timeline: (CLOSED FOR 2021)

The grant application period is December 10, 2021 - February 1, 2021.

March – Applications are prioritized by the Youth Action Committee. Applicants will be notified by March 31 if they have been moved to Round 2.

April-May 2021: Final grant decisions are made by the Youth Action Committee. Applicants will be notified and funding available by the end of May. Funds must be requested within one year of grant approval.

Questions: Contact Tracy Russman, Community Investment Associate and YAC Advisor

517-927-7729 or

Youth Grant SAMPLE application (for review only, do not submit.)