Youth Opportunities Unlimited Throughout Hillsdale
They make a difference in our community. They have a voice in the needs of the community. They are creative in planning projects to support awareness, community service, volunteerism and fund development. They are the YOUTH of the Hillsdale County Community Foundation.
These young adults are responsible for making many difficult and mature decisions. They are members of the Youth Advisory Council who manage grant requests for the W.K. Kellogg Youth Advisory Fund, a permanently endowed fund administered by the Foundation for projects designed and implemented by youth, for youth. See a list of our 2021-2022 youth grant awards here.
Their mission is to meet the needs of young people in Hillsdale County by enhancing the awareness of youth opportunities, offering information and resources through cooperative leadership, while providing financial support for projects to improve the youth communities of Hillsdale County. They continue to make a difference by making responsible decisions with their grant making; awarding money for projects and programs targeted to solve youth issues in a creative and positive manner. See the results of our latest Youth Needs Assessment survey here.
YOUTH membership is made up of two voting members for each school district in Hillsdale County, as well as homeschooled students. Traditionally, when a YOUTH member graduates from high school applications are accepted for potential members, age 13-21. If you are interested in applying for membership but are unsure when there might be an opening for your school, you are encouraged to contact the HCCF. Membership applications are available here.
Our Y.O.U.T.H. Grant Application has been upgraded to GoApply Version 2.
Projects that meet the guidelines and fit a grantmaking priority area can submit a “statement of intent” online. The application is brief and will collect basic information about your organization, the proposed project, and the amount of your request.
Once a “statement of intent” is submitted, you will be moved to Phase II within two business days. Please login to your dashboard to begin Phase II.
*Projects that are not chosen to go on to Phase II will receive feedback about the decision.
Projects with a solid potential will be asked to submit a full proposal by the deadline (April 1 or November 1). Following a review by our Y.O.U.T.H. Advisory Committee, their recommendation will go before our Board of Trustees for consideration.
Once approved by the Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees, the grant recipient will receive instructions to access their funding. Any contingencies and reporting requirements will be explained at that time.
Please review the new video and user guide.
Y.O.U.T.H. Grant Applications are due April 1st and November 1st each year.
YOUTH Mini Grant Applications
Y.O.U.T.H. Mini grant applications are due January 1, February 1, March 1, May 1, September 1, October 1, and December 1.
(Up to $500)