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Youth Philanthropy Council

The Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Council was established to provide opportunities for local youth to practice philanthropic leadership skills. We believe that by including the voices and opinions of local youth in our community conversations, we can better understand our community while fostering in our future leaders a sense of local stewardship.

This year, the YPC is composed of 16 sophomores, juniors, and seniors from the local public and private high schools in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County. Together they form a grant making body that regularly meets throughout the school year to learn about the grant making process and the social sector. They are given agency by our community foundation to create their own funding priority, ask in their grant application questions that they want answers for, and together make all of the funding decisions. This is a “teaching application” for them and for us.


The YPC announces the availability of $25,000 in grant funding and invites nonprofit organizations to submit an application addressing either or both of the following priorities for all school age students and children:

  • Programs and services that address mental wellness, inclusive of substance abuse counseling, and especially programs that address such issues preventatively.
  • Programs and services that support students and children by providing for their basic needs: food, housing cost assistance (such as rent, utilities, and the internet), childcare, and all forms of physical, mental, and emotional supports.  

Please download the YPC Application Worksheet in Word, HERE

Deadline: Tuesday, January 18, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. EST (Midnight)
Grant Size: Requests for funding up to $5,000
Notification: Grant announcements will be made by April, 2022
Distribution: Grants will be distributed in May, 2022

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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