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
2020 Request for Proposals
The Youth Grantmaking Board invites proposals from established 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, or those under the fiscal sponsorship of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, focused on two complimentary Seattle Foundation priorities, Climate Justice and Catalyzing Community:
Climate Justice works to ensure that communities of color and low-income communities are leading and shaping efforts to reduce the disproportionate effects of climate change that they experience.
Catalyzing Community empowers under represented people in the places where they live, lifting their voices and building their power to shape the policies that affect them.
Learn more about the 2020 application process and apply online.
Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Apply for the Youth Grantmaking Board
The application period for our 2019-20 Youth Grantmaking Board is currently closed. Applications for our 2020-21 Board will be available in Fall 2020.
We look 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.
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
Focus on reducing homelessness and its related issues amongst youth and other communities in King County
Seattle Veterinary Outreach - $9.200
Samaritan - $10,800
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
Focus on providing post-secondary education support for historically marginalized communities
Na’ah Illahee Fund - $15,000
Washington Building Leaders of Change - $5,000
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
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
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
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
Focus on preparing children from low-income and non-English-speaking households for kindergarten
Neighborhood House - $10,000
Somali Youth & Family Club - $10,000
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
Focus on mental health and academic support programs for foster care youth
Sound Mental Health - $15,000
College Success Foundation - $5,000
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
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
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.