Introducing the Youth Service Capacity-Building Grants Program

Join us for a webinar on applying to the Youth Service Capacity-Building Grants program on Thursday, August 22 at 12PM EST.


Today we are proud to launch the Youth Service Capacity-Building Grants program.

These grants will support activities to strengthen the organizational infrastructure of nonprofit organizations in the five boroughs of New York City that provide direct services to young people ages 5 to 25. The long-term goal of the program is to help build stronger, more stable youth-serving organizations that will reduce inequality in youth outcomes.

While the Foundation typically funds research nationally, we recognize that nonprofits are critical to reducing inequality for youth in our city.

The program awards grants of $60,000 for general operating support to allow grantees the flexibility to allocate the funds for organizational capacity-building needs over a 3-year term that begins on March 1, 2020. Capacity-building goals may include: financial management, board recruitment and development, human resource management, fundraising, strategic planning, information technology, leadership development, communications, evaluation systems, or other compelling needs. In addition to providing grant support, the Foundation will secure technical assistance to assist grantees in successfully implementing their capacity-building plans.

Three new Youth Service Capacity-Building Grants will be awarded annually.

With these grants, the Foundation seeks to target its funding to the communities that would most benefit. Given the focus on reducing inequality in youth outcomes, eligibility is limited to organizations that meet at least one of the following criteria: 1) currently provide direct youth services in one of the ten community districts identified as having the highest community risk to child well-being by the Citizen’s Committee for Children, or 2) have well-defined existing programming tailored specifically to Mexican-descent or LGBTQ youth, or 3) have leaders (Executive Director or CEO) who are people of color and/or LGBTQ individuals.
In addition to these criteria, eligible applicants must be youth-serving community-based nonprofit organizations based in any of the five boroughs of New York City whose staff have direct programmatic contact with youth at the point of service. Organizations must also have an operating budget between $250,000 and $1 million.

“While the Foundation typically funds research nationally, we recognize that nonprofits are critical to reducing inequality for youth in our city,” said Vivian Tseng Senior Vice President of Program. “Over the past two years, we’ve had our ears to the ground as we carried out a review of our youth service grant program in NYC. We learned that smaller organizations need support to build and fortify their infrastructure—and we responded by developing this grant program for organizations at the frontlines of tackling inequality.”

The online application is now open. All applications must be received by September 30, 3:00 pm EST. For complete details about eligibility, application processes, and selection criteria, see the Youth Service Capacity-Building Grants page.