summer youth mini grants

Summer Youth Mini Grants


Applications are available for 2017 Summer Youth Program Mini-Grants from the Wild Rivers Community Foundation. Nonprofit organizations in Curry and Del Norte counties are encouraged to apply by 5 p.m. March 31 for funds to support programs that expand and enrich summer recreation programs for Del Norte and Curry County children.


The summer youth program grants are normally made for expenses such as sports and recreational equipment, arts and craft supplies, field trips and scholarships for low-income participants.

Last year, Wild Rivers Community Foundation awarded $16,000 to 27 local nonprofit groups whose programs served thousands of children during the summer months.


The 2016 grant dollars created summer camp opportunities for local youth; provided food to children in need; and sponsored language and cultural education and activities, youth outdoor stewardship activities, summer reading programs, music and theater programs, and various community art projects.

Grant Criteria

  • Program serves a high number of low-income, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged youth,
  • Program serves youth in an outlying area with few summer alternatives for productive activities,
  • Program operating hours are extensive throughout the summer (i.e. every week-day all summer),
  •  Program serves extremely high numbers of youth,
  •  Program serves an at risk youth population.
  • Programs that provide camperships / scholarships
  • Programs that have multiple funding sources

Additional Funding Criteria

The committee may consider additional funding based on the following:
  • Organizations that provide a large number of scholarships to their Summer Program,
  • Organizations that have a Summer Program that requires no fee,
  • Organizations that make good use of available resources and/or collaboration,
  • Organizations with programs that provide developmental and not just recreational opportunities,
  • Organizations that request items that help ensure the safety of their program’s participants.

Grants to Organizations Serving Low Income Children Criteria

Grants to organizations that will be using funds to provide assistance for low income children will be weighted based on the criteria that is used to award scholarships.  The Summer Youth Partnership encourages such programs to follow the California State Income Guidelines for 2015 as published by the Department of Housing and Community Development:

 Annual Income Guidelines

Income Category

Number of Persons in Household

 

2

3

4

5

6

Extremely Low

15,930

20,090

24,250

28,410

32,570

Very Low

23,200

26,100

28,950

31,300

33,600

Low

37,050

41,700

46,300

50,050

53,750

 

Grant resources are limited, so we ask that you apply for only what is sincerely needed.  This funding is stretched to meet the needs of as many valuable summer programs as possible.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED FOR 2017. 

Grants will be announced by mid-April, with an Awards Ceremony and Reception planned for May 3.

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