What is the Youth Giving Project?
At the Bozeman Area Community Foundation, we believe that if you teach children to give, you empower them to change the world.
That’s why in 2015, we began work with two generous and like-minded community partners, Bozeman Youth Initiative and Foundant Technologies, to launch the Youth Giving Project to benefit youth in the Gallatin Valley.
Applications to participate in this year’s program (October/November 2017 – May 2018) will be open in early fall 2017. Check back soon to get involved!
Through a unique real-world approach, The Youth Giving Project provides local youth the knowledge to become leaders in our community by learning the importance of philanthropy and the needs that exist in our backyard.
During the program students develop valuable 21st century skills while forming their own Leadership Committee, volunteering, researching and visiting local nonprofit organizations, learning about local needs and distributing grants from the Community Foundation to benefit youth programs and ideas.
What Students Learn:
Critical Thinking and Decision Making
Asking Quality Questions
How to Read and Analyze Grant Requests
What Students Gain:
A broad thought process and understanding about their own lives
Knowledge and insight about their role and “place in the world”
A shift in attitude towards the meaning of philanthropy
Confidence knowing they have the ability to make an impact
Desire to be more involved in supporting nonprofits in the future
Contact our Executive Director Bridget Wilkinson with questions at 406-587-6262 or at email@example.com.
Youth Giving Project grant applications will be reviewed and decided upon by members of the YGP committee with final approval of all grant distribution by the Board of Directors of the Bozeman Area Community Foundation.
WHAT IS THE YOUTH GIVING PROJECT?
Youth Giving Project (YGP) is a youth philanthropy program that teaches young people leadership skills and the importance of community involvement and philanthropy. YGP’s mission is “youth funding ideas to inspire and impact their communities.” YGP assists the Bozeman Youth Initiative, Foundant Technologies and the Bozeman Area Community Foundation in addressing youth needs in our community.
Applications are open from February 1st – March 17th, 2017. All requests must be submitted using the online YGP Grant Application available on the Bozeman Area Community Foundation website. All requests must be submitted online. Funds will be available in May 2017. Project or programs are expected to use YGP grant funding within one year from receiving the grant and a follow up grant report detailing how the funds were used is required.
YGP realizes that it takes a community of inspired people of all ages working together to solve challenges, seize opportunities, and meet the needs of our growing valley. This year, YGP’s funding will be prioritized to support ideas that are developed by youth and that impact the youth of our community in meaningful ways.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE GRANT OPPORTUNITY
- YGP funds local projects and ideas that impact the local community.
- All applications must come from a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We understand that awesome ideas can come from many places in our community – not just nonprofits! However, nonprofits are a great, existing structure to make change happen in our community and we therefore encourage individuals who apply for funding to collaborate with a local nonprofit to make the idea happen. Together, the individual and the nonprofit can apply for funding for the project. If you have an idea, but are unsure of which nonprofit to partner with, please contact Darby Lacey (firstname.lastname@example.org or 406.595.3876) at the Bozeman Area Community Foundation.
- Priority will be given to applications that engage youth in the creation of the project and that directly benefit youth.
- Grant awards are typically not larger than $3,000 per project. Small grant requests are encouraged. The overall project budget can be more than $3,000. However, our grant funding will most likely not exceed a $3,000 portion of the overall budget.
- Project must have accountability. Applicants should be willing to meet with YGP representatives either as part of the application process or for an in-person visit to evaluate the project.
- Applicant will be expected to complete a short report of the success of the project.
PROJECTS NOT FUNDED
- Scholarships – including but not limited to scholarships that support education, event/conference fees, trainings or camps for individuals.
- Religious purposes (however, grants can be given to religious organizations for non-religious purposes, or facilities such as daycare centers that have non-profit status independent from a sponsoring church or religious organization).
- Any political campaign or to support attempts to influence legislative issues of any government body.
HAVE QUESTIONS OR WANT TO TALK THROUGH YOUR IDEA?
Contact Bridget Wilkinson at email@example.com or at 406-587-6262 for questions about YGP Grant Applications.
2017 Youth Giving Project Grantees
$16,000 in Grant Recommendations:
- Organization: Forward MT Foundation
- Project Title: Underage Democracy: A Peer to Peer High School Civic Engagement Program
- Amount Granted: $1,500.00
- Organization: Ocean Media Institute
- Project Title: Mountain Mermaids and Mermen
- Amount Granted: $2,500.00
- Organization: Gallatin Valley Food Bank
- Project Title: Story Mill Teaching Garden
- Amount Granted: $2,500.00
- Organization: Bozeman Schools Foundation
- Project Title: Solar Makes Sense at Sacajawea Middle School
- Amount Granted: $3,000.00
- Organization: Soles Without Limits and Belgrade Community Coalition
- Project Title: Soles Without Limits
- Amount Granted: $1,250.00
- Organization: Gallatin Valley Farm to School
- Project Title: The Bozone Ozone Bus Mobile Educational Greenhouse
- Amount Granted: $2,000.00
- Organization: The Community Cafe
- Project Title: Whittier Supper Program
- Amount Granted: $2,250.00
- Organization: Child Bridge
- Project Title: A Family for Every Montana Child in Their Time of Need
- Amount Granted: $1,000
2016 Youth Giving Project Grantees
$10,000 in Grant Recommendations:
- Organization: Bozeman Youth Initiative
- Project Title: BYI Art Walk Project
- Amount Granted: $900.00
- Organization: Cancer Support Community
- Project Title: Aspen Roots
- Amount Granted: $600.00
- Organization: Bozeman High School Partners Club Sponsored by BYI
- Project Title: Increasing The Partners Club Community
- Amount Granted: $100.00
- Organization: Bozeman Youth Film Productions Sponsored by BYI
- Project Title: Bozeman Youth Film Productions – ACES Short Film
- Amount Granted: $2,600.00
- Organization: Bridger Alternative Sponsored by BYI
- Project Title: Bridger Benches
- Amount Granted: $400.00
- Organization: HRDC
- Project Title: HRDC-Youth Transitional Housing
- Amount Granted: $2,500.00
- Organization: Sexuality and Gender Alliance Sponsored by BYI
- Project Title: Just Add Color: A Highly Inclusive Dance for LGBTQ+ Individuals and their Allies
- Amount Granted: $2,900.00
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT SUPPORT THE YGP PROGRAM
About the Bozeman Youth Initiative
Bozeman Youth Initiative (BYI) is a grantee of the Turner Community Youth Development Initiative, a project of the Turner Foundation that focuses on skill development, community service, and leadership training. BYI gives teens the chance to explore interests, gain skills, connect with their community, and learn about themselves through mentoring kids, running a mobile educational greenhouse, creating outlets for youth artists, and producing safe all-ages events in Bozeman.
About Foundant Technologies
Foundant Technologies provides the powerful online Grant Lifecycle Manager (GLM) system and leads the industry in customer service. As part of both the Inc. 5000 and Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work lists, Foundant has a proven record of success with more than 850 clients.
About the Bozeman Area Community Foundation
The Bozeman Area Community Foundation is connecting people who care to causes that matter most to them. The Bozeman Area Community Foundation serves the areas of Bozeman, Big Sky, Belgrade, Manhattan, Churchill, Three Forks, and the rural areas in between. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $300,000 in grants to 100+ local nonprofit organizations. Learn more at www.bozemanfoundation.org.