Youth Philanthropy Project


Make your voice heard. Make a difference.
Be inspired. Be inspiring.


The Youth Philanthropy Project (YPP), a partnership between HandsOn Greater Richmond and The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, provides an intensive opportunity for area high-school aged youth to engage. Through service, leadership and grant-making, youth have a voice and a realized responsibility to contribute and lead others in service.

YPP is based on the belief that everyone, regardless of age, has an innate desire and ability to give, to participate, to learn, and to create the world they want to see. Youth in our area are motivated and poised for action and are calling on us to help them channel their energy, skills and knowledge into meaningful service.

Area youth are selected via application in late summer and meet monthly, October through June, to engage in leadership studies, service activity planning and implementation, and grant-making activities to award $15,000 to youth-led community service projects in the Greater Richmond area.

The 2015-2016 YPP Participant Schedule:
10/3/15         9AM- 4PM Session 1
10/17/15       9AM- 1PM HandsOn Day
11/7/15         9AM- 12PM Session 2
12/5/15         9AM- 12PM Session 3
1/2/16           9AM- 12PM Session 4
1/18/16         8AM- 1PM MLK Day Service Project
2/6/16           9AM- 12PM Session 5
3/5/16           9AM- 12PM Session 6
March-April    Evenings/Wknds Potential Grantee Site Visits
4/2/16           9AM- 12PM Session 7
4/16/16         9AM- 4PM Global Youth Service Day
5/7/16           9AM- 12PM Session 8
6/4/16           9AM- 12PM Session 9- Graduation


For Groups Interested in Applying for a YPP Grant:
Proposals will be accepted from any youth-led service initiative in the Greater Richmond region in need of funding to develop or expand a community service project designed to benefit others.


Applications due February 19, 2016.

Funding priorities include:

• Creating Safe Neighborhoods
Supporting a community where neighbors share an interest in protecting their communities and providing residents with the tools to identify and address their assets and needs
• Strengthening Families
Encouraging families to build stronger, healthier, and more productive environments for themselves, their community and their children
• Achieving Academic Success
Supporting programs that promote literacy, improve test scores, increase school attendance, and encourage parental involvement.

Applicants may include, but are not limited to, nonprofits, church youth groups, school clubs or volunteer organizations. To be considered, projects must involve youth in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the proposed program and organization must have a completed Give Richmond portrait.

2016 funding timeline:

January 6, 2016: RFP is posted online
February 19, 2016:  Proposals due
March-April 2016: Steering Committee Site Visits
June 14, 2016: TCF Board of Directors Meeting: YPP Funding Recommendations Made
July 1, 2016: YPP Funding Available

Questions about the YPP grant program or application process can be directed to Erin Osiol, Program Manager with HandsOn Greater Richmond at or 804-330-7027, x138.