Grant Guidelines

Youth As Resources offers funding for community organizing programs that are designed and carried out by young people in Baltimore.

  • Young people who want to dedicate themselves to addressing problems and meeting critical community needs are invited to apply.

  •  Applicants must identify a sponsoring group with non-profit status such as a community organization, youth group, church or school.

  • There is no lower age limit for program participants.  The upper age limit for youth participants is 24.  The Youth Contact Person (the youth leader responsible for the program,) must be at least 11 years old.

  • Funding requests may be up to $3,500. The average grant is $2,700.

Programs funded will be those:

  • that address a critical community problem(s);

  • where young people come up with the idea, create the plan, do the work and make the decisions — sometimes with the help and support of adults;

  • that can be started and carried out by the same group of young people;

  • that are long term and make change last; and

  • that have a realistic budget and a solid plan.

Youth As Resources grants will not pay for stipends.  A stipend is a payment, such as a salary, allowance, honorarium and/or offering for services rendered.  Examples of stipends include paying a “DJ” for an event or giving a fixed honorarium to a professional dancer to teach step class etc…  However, YAR will cover things like bus fare and baby-sitting to help young people participate in the programs they’ve designed.

Youth As Resources will consider youth-led businesses as long as the enterprise is intended to build our community.

Youth As Resources will give preference to programs where young people directly solve a community problem (like providing a safe place for younger children, changing a law/policy etc.).  Youth As Resources defines community problem as an obstacle or dilemma that is identified and understood by the youth involved in planning the program. Youth As Resources will also consider indirect projects (like raising money to renovate vacant houses) as long as the same young people will also help with the work once the money is raised (i.e. participate in the renovation of the vacant house).