Youth Advisory Council grants now available

MANISTEE — Aimed at improving the lives of area youth, the Manistee County Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) announces the availability of competitive ManisteeCF_logo_noTagline_1colorgrants.

Grant applications will be accepted via the Foundation’s website through Friday, March 16, 2018. Grant requests must be initiated by 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, school districts, or units of government.

Up to $2,300 is available and it is anticipated that grant awards will range in size from $250 to  $1,000.

The funded projects must be completed by Dec. 31.

Grant Priorities: Grants will support programs and projects that improve lives of Manistee County youth. Preference will be given to projects that address the following top concerns identified by Manistee County youth in the 2015 YAC Youth Needs Assessment:

• Youth drug, alcohol and tobacco use

• Academic stress including that associated with expectations and college/future plans

• Depression and low self-esteem

• Bullying

• Teen pregnancy

• Teen Homelessness/Couch Surfing

Application and Award Timeline:

• February 26, 2018 – Grant Cycle Announced

• March 16, 2018 – Grant Application Deadline

• March 20, 2018 – YAC Review of Applications

• April 17, 2018 – Finalists Present to YAC

• April 27, 2018 ­– Notification of Awards

• December 31, 2018 – Projects completed

• January 31, 2019 – Final Grant Reports Due

Eligible applicants should apply via the Manistee County Community Foundation’s website at www.manisteefoundation.org and submit an application prior to 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 2017.

The YAC is comprised of approximately 20 high school students representing each of the county’s six school districts and is involved in youth philanthropy by advising on grants from the Foundation’s Youth Endowment Fund, fund development and being active in school and community service. This unique group of young leaders serves as Manistee County’s own local panel of experts regarding issues and opportunities that face our county’s youth.

Contact the Manistee County Community Foundation at (231) 723-7269 or grants@manisteefoundation.org with questions about how to apply for a YAC grant or for additional information about the YAC

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