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 group photo


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

Join the YGB

This year, 15-25 high school students across King County will be selected to participate in this highly impactful program. We are looking for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are driven to create positive change and can help inspire more youth to join this movement.

All meetings, except for orientation and site visits, will be held on Sundays at Seattle Foundation’s office (1601 Fifth Avenue, 19th Floor, Seattle, WA 98101). The program comes at no cost to participants, and snacks are provided at all meetings.

Please click here to complete the application form. In addition, please download a student permission form and attach the completed form to your application. This form must be signed by a parent/legal guardian.

If you would like to submit a paper application, please download the paper application form (which includes the student permission form) and submit it with supporting materials to ygb@seattlefoundation.org or by mail to:
Seattle Foundation
Attn: Youth Grantmaking Board
1601 Fifth Avenue, Ste 1900
Seattle, WA 98101

The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, Dec. 15, at 11:59 p.m. If you have any questions, please email ygb@seattlefoundation.org or call 206.388.1667.

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 Meeting Schedule

• Wednesday, January 10 (5:30 – 7:30pm) - Orientation
• Sunday, January 21 (12:00 – 4:00pm) - Issues & Mission Statement
• Sunday, February 4 (12:00 – 4:00pm) - Area Experts & NPO Panel
• Sunday, March 11 (12:00 – 4:00pm) - Grant Applications & Site Visit Prep
• March-April (TBD) - Site visits
• Sunday, April 22 (12:00 – 4:00pm) - Decision Day
• May (TBD) - Celebration

YGB Grant History

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