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Serving Youth for General Organizational Support

Youth Service Capacity-Building Grants (YSCG)

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William T. Grant Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/15/21 3:00 PM EST


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Grants and in-kind support to New York City community-based nonprofit organizations to support operations and capacity building. Funding is intended for applicants that provide programming to children and youth from underserved populations and work to reduce inequality. In addition to grant support, grantees will receive technical assistance from the Foundation.

The Youth Service Capacity-Building Grants (YSCG) program supports activities to strengthen the organizational infrastructure of small nonprofit organizations in the five boroughs of New York City that provide direct services to young people ages 5 to 25.

The YSCG program is aligned with the Foundation’s broader focus on reducing inequality in youth outcomes. Inequality in New York City is multifaceted, reflected in racial and economic segregation across boroughs and neighborhoods, in inadequate services for Mexican-descent youth and LGBTQ youth, and in a lack of racial, ethnic, gender identity, and sexual-orientation diversity among executive directors and CEOs of youth-serving organizations. The Foundation seeks to build the capacity of youth-serving nonprofit organizations that confront these challenges. The long-term goal of the YSCG program is to help build stronger, more stable youth-serving organizations that tackle inequality in youth outcomes. 

These grants provide general operating support so that small nonprofits (operating budgets between $250,000 and $1 million) can determine the best way to address capacity-building needs that have been identified through a formal or informal assessment. Capacity-building needs may include: financial management, board recruitment and development, human resource management, staff training, fundraising, strategic planning, information technology, leadership development, communications, and evaluation systems. The Foundation welcomes other compelling needs beyond this list. Strong proposals will make the case that addressing the capacity-building need will result in a strengthened organization that can yield stronger services for youth.

In addition to grant support, grantees will participate in technical assistance activities designed to help them meet their organizational capacity-building goals. The Foundation has partnered with Community Resource Exchange (CRE) to provide one-on-one support as well as learning community meetings over the three-year term of the grant. One-on-one support will allow each grantee to receive customized assistance that will help them achieve their capacity-building goal(s). The learning community meetings will focus on peer-based learning and coaching, allowing grantees to discuss challenges, seek advice from peers and colleagues, and collaborate across projects in a supportive space.

For examples of eligible projects, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186631

Number of Grants:

The Foundation will award three new Youth Service Capacity-Building Grants annually.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards are $60,000 each.The award provides $30,000 in the first year to get the work off the ground, $20,000 in the second year, and $10,000 in the third year.

In addition to grant support, grantees will participate in technical assistance activities designed to help them meet their organizational capacity-building goals.

Term of Contract:

Awards allow grantees to allocate the funds over a 3-year term that begins on March 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All YSCG applicants must be youth-serving community-based nonprofit organizations based in any of the five boroughs of New York City whose staff have direct programmatic contact with youth at the point of service.

The applicant must meet at least one of the reducing inequality criteria, listed below, and all organizational criteria.
- Serve youth ages 5 to 25. At least 80 percent of youth participating in the services must be in this age range.
- Have at least 80 percent of the service recipients be youth if the organization also serves adults.
- Have their own 501(c)(3) tax-exemption. If an applying organization is separately incorporated but tax-exempt through a group ruling -(religious institutions), the applicant should supply the 501(c)(3) letter of the parent organization and documentation that it is part of the group.
- Have an operating budget between $250,000 and $1 million.
- Have most recent financial statements reviewed by an auditor, per New York State law requirement. If the organization’s annual budget is under $750,000, then certified public accountant’s reviewed financial statements are required.
- Have filed IRS Form 990.

Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:
1. Currently provide direct youth services in one of the eleven community districts* identified as having the highest community risk to child well-being by the Citizen’s Committee for Children, or;
2. Have existing well-defined programming tailored specifically to Mexican-descent or LGBTQ youth, or;
3. Have leaders (Executive Director or CEO) who are people of color and/or members of the LGBTQ community.

*The eleven community districts are as follows:
- In the Bronx: CD 1 – Mott Haven, CD 2 – Hunts Point, CD 3 – Morrisania, CD 4 – Concourse/Highbridge, CD 5 – University Heights, CD 6 – East Tremont, CD 7 – Bedford Park, CD 9 – Union Port/Soundview, CD 12 – Williamsbridge
- In Brooklyn: CD 5 – East New York, and CD 16 – Brownsville

The YSIG program only supports service improvement activities. Thus the following would not be supported:
- Capital fund projects, scholarships, endowments, lobbying, real estate purchases, or awards to individuals
- Public and/or private schools
- National or international organizations
- Organizations that are based outside of the 5 boroughs of New York City
- Organizations that utilize fiscal sponsors/conduits

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due by September 15, 2021, 3:00 PM EST, for decisions in March 2022.

In the third year of receiving grant funds, the grantee is required to obtain new outside matching funding of $10,000.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online:

For questions, contact Sharon Brewster at

William T. Grant Foundation
60 East 42nd Street, 43rd Floor
New York, NY 10165
Tel: 212.752.0071

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