The Vermont Youth Council’s Youth4Youth Grants are available to young people to fund ideas that will help promote youth rights, youth expression, and creativity across the state. The Y4Y grants are managed by the Vermont Youth Council (a program of Vermont Afterschool). They are designed to fund projects that help address the rights identified in the Youth Declaration of Rights, which was written by young people from across the state. The Council is made up of young people from all across the state and it strives to amplify youth voice through youth initiated projects that will benefit Vermont’s young people.
Here’s how it works:
1. Think of a project that connects to one of the youth rights
2. Fill out a simple application online
3. Have your idea voted on by other young people
4. Get the money and make your idea a reality!
Grant amounts can range from $100 to $3000 and any Vermont youth age 10 to 22 (unless still in school) can apply. The Youth4Youth grant application is open until February 10, 2019 after which time finalists will be voted on by young people from all across the state. Grant recipients will be announced in April with an award ceremony at the State House on April 12, 2019.
Same project ideas:
Teen center equipment or start-up
New couch for afterschool program
Catered food for a student-run event
New skate park
Student Olympic competition
Money to create a nature camp; or money to attend a nature camp
Registration fee for a dance competition
Musical instruments for youth band
Field trips relating to a club’s interests
New uniforms for team
Contact Vermont Afterschool’s Youth Voice Coordinator, Sam Graulty at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can also work with you to set up a workshop in your community, school, or youth center to help you with the process. Download a Y4Y Grant flyer, spread the word, and encourage young people to apply!