Custom Sunderland Grant

YVC’s Custom Sunderland Grant is an opportunity for YVC affiliates to submit and implement their own grant proposal for a construction or STEM-related service project or initiative. If your project idea doesn’t fit within the parameters of one of YVC’s other Sunderland grants, submit your custom Sunderland project proposal here!


Only active YVC affiliates in good standing are eligible for affiliate grants. Affiliates in good standing are current on all fees or dues payments, data collection, or reports for YVC (as applicable). Grant funding preference is given to affiliates who maintain fidelity to the YVC model, effectively follow YVC’s eight program standards, provide timely and comprehensive reporting, respond to Headquarters staff, and participate in Summit.

Application Information

  • Successful applicants will demonstrate a construction or STEM-related initiative that teaches various construction/STEM skills to youth. You are encouraged to reach out to local construction or STEM companies/associations or high school construction teachers, etc. to help teach the necessary skills during projects led by YVC.
  • Affiliates applying for the Custom Sunderland Grant can request funding up to $50,000. Applicants should demonstrate their ability to effectively administer their requested level of funding.
  • Applicants will need to submit a budget in the application for their project. Include any costs related to supplies, staffing, YVC shirts and promotional material, marketing and recruitment costs, snacks, transportation, etc. that is related to the project. You may also include in your grant request any general resources your program needs that may not be specifically for that project but may benefit it (i.e. hiring a part-time team leader, renting a truck to haul supplies, renting a space where projects may be held, purchasing a laptop that will allow your staff to complete grant reports, etc.).

Grant Review and Award 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from March 1 to December 31, 2021.

The YVCHQ Affiliate Services Team will review proposed projects on the first or second Thursday of every month. Applicants will receive notification of awarded or denied funding within a week of review.

Outcome Reporting

If the construction/STEM initiative will take two months or less to complete, the grantee will need to submit one grant report upon the completion of the initiative. If the initiative will take more than two months to complete, grantees must submit a mid-project and an end-of-project grant report (due by May 31, 2022) including total number of youth involved, the number of hours served, and number of project days. Grantees will be required to submit photos and videos from their initiative, with volunteers wearing properly branded YVC apparel in the majority of, if not all, photos. Grantees can submit grant reports here.

DON’T FORGET: You will receive a confirmation email after successful submission of your grant application. If you do not receive one, please try again and contact YVCHQ to ensure successful submission. You may also begin writing your grant and save your progress and finish it at a later time, although we encourage you to save your progress in a separate Word document as well.

Questions about eligibility or the submission process? Email Pam Oberdiek or call us at 816-472-9822.