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Youth Philanthropy Council

Through our Youth Philanthropy Council (YPC) Program, established in 2008, we engage students from each public and private high school in Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County, and Highland County in the practice of community philanthropy, including grant making to local nonprofit organizations working with youth. YPC members meet with community leaders, local philanthropists, and nonprofit executives. They work together to establish funding priorities relevant to youth, request grant proposals from the nonprofit community working with youth, review the proposals and select the recipients, and determine how best to distribute grants totaling $45,000 ($25,000 to Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro and $20,000 to Highland County). Through YPC, we are working to prepare our next generation of leaders and philanthropists.

YPC—Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County:  The Community Foundation announces the availability of $25,000 in grant funding through our YPC and invites nonprofit organizations working with youth in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County to submit applications addressing the following priorities:

  1. Health: Increased access to and quality of mental and physical health services and programs for youth.
  2. Youth Relationship: Increased access to and quality of programs that address issues related to the relationships between youth and their peers, mentors, and other adults.

The Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County application deadline was January 10, 2019. As part of their grant-making process, the YPC will review each completed application and select the recipients in February 2019. We encourage you to review the YPC’s Application Questions/Checklist.

Highland County (due 2/1/19)

YPC—Highland County:   In 2015, we launched our new Youth Philanthropy Council dedicated to Highland County.  This year’s members of the Highland County YPC were excited to learn that their funding doubled to $20,000 thanks to a generous donor.  Organizations serving Highland County are invited to submit proposals for projects that are targeted for one or more of the following areas:

  • Access to healthy foods;
  • Transportation for all residents of Highland County;
  • Access to mental health services;
  • Assistance for victims of domestic violence;
  • Childcare located within Highland County

The Highland County application deadline is Friday, February 1, 5:00 p.m.

Eligible grant recipients include tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organizations in our geographic service area, including fiscal sponsors of individuals and organizations, engaged in charitable activities that address the priorities determined by our two Youth Philanthropy Councils.

2018 Youth Philanthropy Council Grant Recipients


Thanks to Martin’s Foods, corporate sponsor of the Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Councils