Youth Grantmaking Board

Seattle Foundation is building the next generation of philanthropists. We offer youth the chance to learn about local issues and strategic grantmaking.

Youth Grantmaking Board 2018-19

The 2018-19 Youth Grantmaking Board


The Youth Grantmaking Board (YGB) helps young people learn how philanthropy can create positive change in their community by giving them the opportunity to take the lead on all phases of grantmaking. Supported by Foundation staff and community experts, YGB members:

• Identify and discuss critical community issues, learning from field experts
• Select a grantmaking focus area
• Develop a request for proposals
• Evaluate funding requests from nonprofit organizations
• Conduct site visits with potential grantees
• Make funding recommendations to Seattle Foundation Board of Trustees

Apply for the Youth Grantmaking Board

Seattle Foundation is currently accepting applications for our 2019-20 Youth Grantmaking Board. We are looking for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in King County who are driven to create positive change and can help inspire more youth to join this movement. You must be responsible, dedicated, reliable and committed to attending all the meetings:

Sunday, January 12: Student Orientation
Sunday, February 2: First Session
Sunday, February 23: Second Session
Sunday, March 29: Third Session
April 18-19 and April 25-26: Site Visits
Sunday, May 3: Fourth Session
• Late May/Early June: Youth Celebration

The application deadline is Friday, November 15, 2019. You can apply online or download the application. If using the online application, please download and sign the student permission form and upload it to your application.

Participation in YGB is offered free of charge to participants. We do ask participants and/or their families to consider a donation to the Grantmaking pool at a level that is personally meaningful. 

If you know someone who is ideal for the Youth Grantmaking Board, you can refer them with this nomination form and we'll reach out to them with more information.

YGB Grant History

2019

Focus on reducing homelessness and its related issues amongst youth and other communities in King County

Seattle Veterinary Outreach - $9.200
Samaritan - $10,800

2018

Focus on advocacy and organizing for immigrant and refugees in the King County area

West African Community Council - $12,500
Colectiva Legal del Pueblo - $7,500

2017

Focus on providing post-secondary education support for historically marginalized communities

Na’ah Illahee Fund - $15,000
Washington Building Leaders of Change - $5,000

2016

Focus on providing accessible, direct service programs that address issues of mental health for low-income families in the Greater Seattle area

Ryther - $10,000
Puentes - $10,000

2015 

Focus on mental health of young adults (12 to 25 years old) with limited or no access to mental healthcare

Center for Human Services - $10,000
Pongo - $5,000
King County Sexual Assault Resource Center - $5,000

2014

Focus on supporting the resiliency and perseverance of teens through out-of-school programming

Navos (Proud Out and Wonderful Program) - $10,000
SafeFutures Youth Center - $10,000

2013

Focus on increasing stability for transitional-age youth (17 to 24 years old) currently experiencing or at risk of becoming homeless

King County Sexual Assault Resource Center - $10,000
Seattle Education Access - $5,000
YouthCare - $5,000

2012

Focus on preparing children from low-income and non-English-speaking households for kindergarten  

Neighborhood House - $10,000 
Somali Youth & Family Club - $10,000 

2011 

Focus on afterschool programs that support youth in tutoring, study prep, ELL programs and skill development 

826 Seattle (now known as the Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas) - $10,000
Para Los Niños - $10,000 

2010 

Focus on mental health and academic support programs for foster care youth

Sound Mental Health - $15,000 
College Success Foundation - $5,000 

2009  

Focus on youth violence intervention programs  

Alive & Free/YouthCare partnership - $7,500 
Big Brothers Big Sisters - $5,000 
Raising Our Youth As Leaders - $7,500

2008

Focus on the physical well-being of youth  

Children's Hospital - $10,000 
Choice & Consequence - $5,000 
Peace for the Streets By Kids from the Streets - $5,000

2007  

Focus on improving the home lives of King County youth who were at risk of homelessness and other major upheavals  

Mockingbird Society - $5,000 
Youth Advocates (now known as Children's Home Society) - $10,000 
YWCA, Girls First program - $10,000

Interested in applying for Youth Grantmaking Board funding? Jump to Youth Grantmaking Board RFP information on our current grant opportunities page.