The Youth Rising mini-grant program is a new partnership with The California Endowment (TCE), a CA-based foundation that specializes in empowering communities that are generating health, people-power, and systems change in California. The program provides $500 – $1000 seed grants to early-stage youth-led (ages 13 to 24) projects aimed at supporting youth visionaries, organizers and dreamers around the State. A youth-powered advisory council will identify and provide startup funding and mentorship to inspiring projects.
Youth Rising launched on September 1, 2016 and since then, we have given away 67 small grants in partnership with The California Endowment.
The Youth Rising Program funds projects led by youth between the ages of 13 to 24 whose project takes place in the State of California.
This process is primarily nomination-based. Our team of outreach work in communities across California to connect with eligible young people they wish to fund. We know they can’t be everywhere, so if there is not an outreach team member working in your community, please fill out this form and one of our outreach team members will connect with you.
Our seed grants are between $500-$1000.
If you are not already in touch with an Outreach Team member but would like to apply for a seed grant, please fill out this form and one of our outreach team members will connect with you.
Applications open in November 2017, and are open until we allocate all the funding. Typically, the earlier you apply, the better your chances are of getting funding.
Projects must be designed and led by youth. We encourage adult mentors, adult partnership, and are committed to young leaders’ development through the visioning and planning process.