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.
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.
Funding priorities include:
• Strengthening Families
• Achieving Academic Success
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.
For 2017, YPP will grant between $500 and $2,500.
All proposals will be submitted through The Community Foundation's online grants management system. Deadline: February 28, 2017.
2017 funding timeline:
January 2017: RFP is posted online
February 2017: Proposals due
March-April 2017: Steering Committee Site Visits
June 2017: TCF Board of Directors Meeting: YPP Funding Recommendations Made
July 2017: YPP Funding Available
Applications for students are now closed.
2016-2017 YPP Participant Schedule:
10/8/16 9AM- 4PM
10/15/16 9AM- 1PM
11/12/16 9AM- 12PM
12/10/16 9AM- 12PM
1/7/17 9AM- 12PM
1/16/17 9AM- 12PM
2/4/17 9AM- 12PM
3/4/17 9AM- 12PM
4/1/17 9AM- 12PM
4/22/17 9AM- 4PM
5/13/17 9AM- 12PM
6/10/17 9AM- 12PM
Questions? Contact Betsy Seymour, YPP Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth programming news:
HandsOn has been in strategic re-visioning over the past year. We are excited about our direction and are beginning to build out some new models. HandsOn has offered a variety of opportunities for youth to engage, including direct youth programming: TeenImpact and Youth Philanthropy Project. After careful consideration, HandsOn will not continue YPP beyond the current class, or host TeenImpact in 2017.
We believe that this strategic move will afford us the time and focus to scale youth engagement in our region. Over the years, our direct programming with youth has been an incredible and powerful learning experience for our staff and the youth participants, but we believe we can do more.
Building on our curriculum and experience working directly with youth, we are developing strategies to build new models of youth service programming. Our shifting philosophy aims to strengthen systems, share best practices, launch training programs, and explore technology portals that will engage more youth, families and our community partners.
We stand by the belief that youth are powerful change agents and we are excited for youth and families to engage in our collective community.