2019 Affiliate Grants

We know that having reliable funding is a huge factor for a successful youth service program, so we offer grants to our affiliates as often as we can. Check back in throughout 2019 as we offer more grant opportunities to our affiliates!

The following two grant opportunities were made possible by the Sunderland Foundation. The Sunderland Foundation has partnered with YVC to fund projects that help youth to cultivate trade skills and explore their interest in manufacturing and construction. According to Forbes Magazine, the manufacturing and construction industry have one of the hardest segments of the workforce to staff with skilled workers. Sunderland is working with YVC to provide opportunities for youth to build their confidence in these skills and consider careers in these areas.

Big Build Grants

The Big Build Grant is YVC’s largest and most competitive grant opportunity, with grants ranging from $11,000-$30,000. The Big Build Grant was created to increase the number of project hours in order to have a greater impact on our communities and youth volunteers. This initiative was designed to improve the outcomes of the entire network through large construction-related projects. Affiliates were also asked to demonstrate how their Big Build project would be used as a recruitment opportunity for new volunteers.

YVCHQ awarded nine affiliates with Big Build Grants, totaling over $150,000 in funding for construction-related service projects. These initiatives included revitalizing a recreational campsite, building a prototype of a sustainable home with Engineers Without Borders, constructing an inclusive ropes course, and more.

Retroactive Sunderland Grant

The Retroactive Sunderland Grant is an opportunity for funding to be available on a rolling basis to YVC affiliates for construction projects that they have already completed.

Health and Wellness Projects- Youth Volunteer Grant

The Health and Wellness Projects Grant was developed to support youth-created and youth-led service projects that promote health and wellness in the communities that YVC impacts. YVC’s International Youth Advisory Board served as the grant administrators and review panel, and had the responsibility of selecting the recipients of the Health and Wellness Projects Grant. Two grants were awarded to projects in Calgary and St. Joseph.

  • Calgary youth volunteers submitted a project entitled “Strong Students” and was awarded $300. Youth volunteers came together to build a garden at a local university where university students and high school students focus on their personal mental health and wellbeing through therapeutic gardening.
  • St. Joseph submitted a project entitled “Compassion Cards” and was awarded $200. Youth volunteers wrote positive messages addressing anti-bullying, coping mechanisms, depression, suicide, and general positive thoughts on cards. The cards also had support phone numbers, including a bullying report hotline and suicide hotline. Volunteers placed these “compassionate cards” on lockers at times when students may have felt increased stress, such as during testing season, graduation, or the holidays.

YVCHQ Summit Grants

YVC’s Summit conference is held every year to celebrate and bring together the YVC network. In 2019, this conference was held in Kansas City, MO, where youth volunteers, YVC staff, and youth volunteer alumni participated in workshops, service projects, and activities with peers from the entire YVC community. YVC Headquarters awarded this grant to support affiliates in bringing both adults and youth to Summit in Kansas City. This year’s Summit grants totaled over $16,000.

Through a generous donation from The Beauty and Praise of Altruists Foundation (BPAF), Youth Volunteer Corps provided twenty youth volunteers scholarships to attend the 2019 Summit. As part of this, YVC’s International Youth Advisory Board received funding to attend Summit. This grant covered IYAB members’ Summit reimbursements up to $300 each, totaling $6,000 of funding. Thank you to BPAF’s for its continued support in helping bring our amazing youth volunteers to Summit!

Affiliate of the Year

The 2019 Affiliate of the Year was given to St. Joseph, MO, at Summit. This is the top honor for YVC affiliates and includes a $1,000 grant.

Green Globe Project Grant- Youth Volunteer Grant

The Green Globe Project Grant was developed to support youth-created and youth-led service projects that promote environmental stewardship in the communities that YVC impacts. YVC’s International Youth Advisory Board served as the grant administrators and review panel, and had the responsibility of selecting the recipients of the Green Globe Project Grant for the third year! Three grants were awarded to projects in Charleston, Philadelphia, and Calgary.

  • Charleston youth volunteers submitted a project titled “Helping Hands for the Wetlands” and was awarded $200. For this project, youth volunteers will participate in a litter cleanup of plastics and trash in the unique aquatic environment of the marshlands of South Carolina in partnership with Keep Charleston Beautiful (KCB). Through this marshland cleanup, a safer and less threating environment will be created for the wildlife and consumers. This project will continue throughout the year.
  • Philadelphia youth volunteers submitted a project titled “Invasive Species Versus YVC: The Battle Begins!” and was awarded $200. Youth volunteers will join together with Riverfront North, a community partner, to clean the Delaware River and create a green space. Youth Volunteers will also be investigating the biology of certain species to determine whether they are native or invasive to Pennsylvania. They will also be removing the invasive tree species, Tree of Heaven, and spotted lanternfly eggs. Philadelphia volunteers hope to raise awareness in their community about the dangers of the Tree of Heaven to their environment.
  • Calgary submitted a project titled “Community Waste Roundup” and was awarded $100. Youth volunteers will come together with community associations over the course of several months in 2020 to organize community drop-off events and group litter cleanups. Youth volunteers plan to educate their community on waste management and how to properly dispose of and reduce waste. This is especially crucial to Calgary, as both their population and waste continue to grow.