Improving the lives of young people in New York City.

Since 2007, the Foundation’s Youth Service Improvement Grants program has awarded 145 grants representing over $3.5-million in support to nonprofit organizations that serve young people in communities across New York City.

Having pursued a variety of approaches to good neighbor grantmaking since the 1970s, the Foundation launched the Youth Service Improvement Grants program over a decade ago as a way to help local organizations strengthen existing programs by addressing issues or problems at the point of service, where staff and youth interact. Last year, as part of the ongoing evolution of this work, we sought to take stock of the program, assess the landscape of youth inequality in New York City, and gain insight into how the Foundation could do more to support young New Yorkers.

In January 2019, we plan to capitalize on these insights with a redesign of the Youth Service Improvement Grants program that aligns more closely with our broader focus on reducing inequality in youth outcomes. We are not accepting new applications for the remainder of 2018. Proposals already submitted for the March 2018 deadline are undergoing the normal review process for funding, and applicants will be informed of the status of their applications by the end of August.

We encourage you to sign up for our mailing list and check back with us for updates on the redesigned program, including details on preparing an application for funding.

Thank you.