Youth Grantmakers Program

Youth Grantmakers Program

Download Youth Grantmakers Guidelines and Application (Deadline December 12, 2016)

The Youth Philanthropy Initiative

Launched in November 2008, the Youth Philanthropy Initiative’s goals are to teach youth to meet community challenges by making grants to projects that address concerns of youth and to instill in them an ethic of volunteering and giving so they become philanthropists.  The Idyllwild Youth Grantmakers Committee (IYGC) was formed in February 2012 to review proposals and recommend grants for funding in the Idyllwild community.  Members of the IYGC are middle school students from Idyllwild School.

The Youth Grantmakers Fund

The Youth Grantmakers Fund is a special fund allocation for projects, programs and/or activities that address issues facing youth such as: alcohol use and drug use, teen pregnancy, youth recreation, homelessness and hunger. The Idyllwild Youth Grantmakers Fund is generously supported by funds from the Idyllwild Community Fund, with matching funds from The Community Foundation. Proposals are currently being accepted through a competitive grant process.


  • Nonprofit, public benefit corporations with evidence of tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not classified as a private foundation.  Educational institutions are eligible to apply.
  • Nonprofit agencies that serve the Idyllwild Community.
  • Agencies that operate so that they do not discriminate in the hiring of staff or in providing services on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability

Grantmaking Objectives

Programs and/or activities that:

  • Involve youth in the development and implementation of the project
  • Increase community involvement and volunteerism amongst youth
  • Promote values of personal responsibility and self-sufficiency in youth
  • Provide an avenue for internal exploration and personal empowerment in youth
  • Respect diversity
  • Support early intervention and prevention of social problems

Program Interest Areas

  • Arts, culture, dance, drama, music, writing
  • Programs led by youth instead of adults
  • Advocacy programs
  • “Real life” learning experiences
  • Educational classes
  • Service learning
  • Mentoring or tutorial programs
  • Teen hotlines
  • Outdoor experiences, camps, etc.
  • Therapy