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Youth Action Committee

YAC Grants Now Available - Applications due by January 30, 2015

The Capital Region Community Foundation’s Youth Action Committee (YAC) has approximately $40,000 in grant funds available for youth-serving nonprofits in the greater Lansing area. Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded in April 2015. The Youth Action Committee will review all applications based on the following criteria and priority areas listed below:

1.      Organizations eligible for funding:

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,

b. Nonprofit charitable organization serving Ingham, Eaton or Clinton County youth which has a current 501(c) (3) designation by the IRS, or

c.  Governmental entity serving tri-county youth

2.      Projects that leverage of the greatest possible amount of activity with a maximum grant of $2,500. This may be done with volunteers or by attracting additional funding from other sources.

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

Funding Priority Areas:

Along with programs that encourage and support the development of youth assets, applications that address youth issues identified in the most recent YAC Youth Needs Assessment will receive priority for funding. The following issue areas ranked highest on the 2011 Youth Needs Assessment. However, the Youth Action Committee is currently conducting 2015 Youth Needs Assessment and those results will also inform funding priorities.

          1. Bullying

          2. Stress related to career/college pressure

          3. Low Self-Esteem

          4. Employment Opportunities

Application Guidelines:

Applications must be submitted online along with eight hard copies sent to the Capital Region Community Foundation at 330 Marshall St., Suite 300, Lansing, MI 48912.  The application deadline is January 30, 2015. Contact Ashley Gulker with questions. Download application information and guidelines on the right column of this page or below in the "Attachments" section.


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 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.

YAC Grant Applications - Annual Granting Cycles

The Capital Region Community Foundation’s Youth Action Committee (YAC) awarded approximately $40,000 in grants in April 2014 to youth-serving nonprofit organizations in the tri-county area (Eaton, Ingham and Clinton). The YAC reviews all applications on an annual basis and awards grants of up to $2,500. Mini grants of up to $500 are available to elementary school classrooms in September of each year.

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
2015 YAC RFP postcard.pdf423.01 KB
YAC RFP Letter 12.1.2014.pdf58.66 KB
2015 Youth Grant Application.pdf557.73 KB
YAC Grant Guidelines.pdf36.29 KB
CRCF Grant Guidelines.pdf32.36 KB
YAC Grant Budget Template.pdf60.02 KB
YAC Membership Application20.44 KB
CRCF Request for Payment form Revised.DOC31 KB
Mini Grant RFP letter to teachers 2014.pdf18.57 KB
Mini Grant Application Form 2014.pdf31.91 KB
Mini Grant Guidelines 2014.pdf29.24 KB
2013-14 YAC Attack Publication.pdf8.78 MB
YAC Project Evaluation Form.doc49.5 KB