Youth Philanthropy Project

The Youth Philanthropy Project is led by a committee of local high school students who help identify community needs of concern to youth in metro Richmond. This committee reviews grant applications and makes funding recommendations to The Community Foundation’s Board of Governors. Grants are awarded to encourage, empower and assist youth who wish to strengthen their community through service

Youth Philanthropy ProjectStarted in 1998, the Youth Philanthropy Project is a partnership between The Community Foundation and HandsOn Greater Richmond. Its purpose is to encourage student volunteerism and philanthropy by engaging young people in a grant making process.

Learn about our Process


Applicants may include, but are not limited to, nonprofits, church youth groups, school clubs or volunteer organizations. To be considered, projects must involve youth in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the proposed program. In addition, the sponsoring organization must have a completed GiveRichmond portrait or the appropriate documentation as outlined on the proposal form.

Grant Priorities

Proposals will be accepted from any youth-led initiative in the Greater Richmond region in need of funding to develop or expand a community service project designed to benefit others. Funding priorities include:

  • Creating Safe Neighborhoods
    Supporting a community where neighbors share an interest in protecting their communities and providing residents with the tools to identify and address their assets and needs;
  • Strengthening Families
    Encouraging families to build stronger, healthier, and more productive environments for themselves, their community and their children; and
  • Achieving Academic Success
    Supporting programs that promote literacy, improve test scores, increase school attendance, and encourage parental involvement.

Grant Amount

$500 - $2,500

How to Apply

Please note: This proposal must be submitted by an organization. Check with the organization representative to obtain login information for the online grants management system.

The 2017 funding timeline is as follows:

  • January 12, 2017 - RFP is available
  • February 28, 2017 - YPP proposals due
  • March - April 2017 - Steering Committee Site Visits (not all programs will be selected for site visits)
  • June 2017 - TCF Board of Directors Meeting, YPP Funding Recommendations Made
  • July 2017 - YPP Funding Available

You will need the following document to complete your proposal:

Applications must be submitted by 5 pm, February 28, 2017. Apply now