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Youth Action Committee

YAC Now Accepting Grant Applications for Annual 2014 Granting Cycle

The Capital Region Community Foundation’s Youth Action Committee (YAC) has approximately $40,000 in grant funds available (for a maximum of $2,500 per grant), for eligible organizations in the tri-county area (Eaton, Ingham and Clinton).  Top priority is given to programs that address the main youth problems identified by YAC's recent youth needs assessment survey (bullying, health and social issues [low self-esteem, stress and career/college pressure], employment opportunities, and programs that encourage and support the development of youth assets).   The YAC will review all applications based on the following criteria and additional priority areas:

1.  Organizations eligible for grants must be:  a public or nonprofit private school, or a registered student organization within the school with the school acting as fiscal agent, in Ingham, Eaton or Clinton county; a nonprofit charitable organization serving tri-county youth which has a current 501(c)(3) designation by the IRS; or, a governmental entity serving tri-county youth.

2.  Projects that a small grant will encourage the leverage of the greatest possible amount of activity.  This may be done with volunteers or by attracting additional funding for the project from other sources.

3.  Proposals that involve area teens in each phase of the grant process - planning, proposal writing and implementation.

Please read the December 16, 2013 YAC RFP letter and the YAC Grant Guidelines to ensure eligibility.  

All applicants must apply online via the e-grant electronic application system.  (You may download a hard copy of the grant application here for informational purposes only.)   Applications must be submitted (complying with application instructions) by 5:00 p.m. on January 31, 2014 (this deadline includes postmarked/mailed copies of the application).  Awards will be made in April, 2014.  If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Gulker at (517) 664-9858 or, or Pauline Pasch at (517) 664-9853 or

Now Accepting Applications for New 2013-2014 YAC Members

Are you in high school? Want to get involved in making a difference in the Greater Lansing Community? Consider applying to become a YAC member. Join your peers from various schools in the tri-county area and help meet community needs by volunteering and distributing grants to area youth-serving nonprofits. YAC meets on the second monday of every month throughout the academic year (September-May) from 6-8pm. 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE or print the YAC Membership Application under "downloads" and submit by mail, fax or scanned to an email.
Email advisor Ashley Gulker for more information.

What is YAC?

The Youth Action Committee ("YAC") is an advisory committee of the Capital Region Community Foundation, and grants money through the Community Foundation to fund and promote programs that help youth in the tri-county area. These young people range in age 13 - 18 and currently represent 16  high schools in the tri-county area. YAC members develop team-building and leadership skills through both meaningful and fun activities.

The main purpose of YAC is to decide, as grantmakers, where the Youth Fund dollars will best be put to use to help the youth of the tri-county area. Last year the YAC granted $44,150 to non-profit organizations in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties. The YAC also granted $3,630.51 in mini-grants to elementary schools.

Community service projects, that take place about every other month, are popular among YAC members.  Past activities include working at a food distribution center, serving meals at a soup kitchen and hosting holiday parties for foster children.  Through all their activities YAC members learn about volunteerism, philanthropy and community service.

The YAC is committed to involving a wide range of youth to represent the geographic, socio-economic, ethnic and educational differences in their community.

There are more than 1,500 young people from across the State of Michigan who are involved in granting money from the 86 permanently endowed youth funds established as a result of a challenge grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Our local YAC has an average of 25 members.

YAC meetings are held at the CRCF Office at 330 Marshall Street, Lansing MI 48912, generally on the 2nd Monday of each month from 6-8 p.m., September thru May. 

This is a fun way for high schoolers to meet and interact with their peers from other area schools, and there is no cost to be a member. All we ask is a time commitment and a willingness to help make a difference in the lives of other youth in our community.

For more information you may call the Foundation at (517) 664-9858.  To apply to be a YAC member, please download the "YAC Membership Application" (below).  After filling it out please send to the Foundation offices as instructed.

YAC 2011 Tri-County Youth Needs Assessment

Every three years the YAC conducts a Needs Assessment to youth in the tri-county area. This information provides us with insight into the critical issues facing area youth. Data collected also informs our funding priorities, so that our grants make the largest impact in the community.

  • YAC members- click here to access the electronic needs assessment.
  •  2012 Needs Assessment Results can be downloaded below
YAC Mini Grant Application Form 2013.pdf31.22 KB
YAC Mini-Grant Guidelines 2013.pdf28.65 KB
YAC Membership Application20.44 KB
2011-12 Tri-County Youth Needs Assessment Results1.41 MB
CRCF Grant Guidelines.pdf32.36 KB
Project Evaluation Form CRCF.doc48.5 KB
CRCF Request for Payment form Revised.DOC31 KB
Evaluation Form for Mini-Grants.doc187 KB
CRCF RFP-LTR 12-16-13 _2_.pdf85.47 KB
YAC Grant Guidelines 2013.pdf33.82 KB
2014 Youth Grant Application.pdf77.49 KB