Cape Youth Force Now Accepting Grant Proposals

Schools, agencies and non-profits that aim to benefit youth encouraged to apply

The Cape Youth Force has begun accepting grant proposals from schools, agencies, and non-profit organizations that aim to benefit youth. Groups from Cape Cod, Martha?s Vineyard, and Nantucket are encouraged to apply.

The Cape Youth Force is an organization comprised of Cape Cod high school students who aspire to make a positive impact on their local communities through youth-oriented projects and service. It is a program of the Cape Cod Foundation, Barnstable County UMass Extension/4H & YMCA/Cape Cod. Originally funded by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, the program is now supported by local contributions as well as contributions from the Cape Cod Foundation via the Community Fund for Young People and Priscilla Cotter Fund for Youth Activities. In addition to awarding grants, Cape Youth Force students also engage in community service, team-building, and leadership activities.

Over the past several months, CYF students have been conducting meetings to establish grant guidelines and expectations and to take steps toward soliciting proposals from the community. Some examples of past projects to receive grants are an after-school program that teaches new skills in a safe environment, and an activities-based program for 10-14 year old students to learn more about the marine ecosystem and ocean conservation. As usual, projects to receive funding this year must meet a community need on Cape Cod and the Islands and be designed and carried out by groups that are either non-profit organizations, or that have a non-profit organization or school willing to manage their grant money. Projects should be completed by July 1, 2008, with a brief report due by July 30, 2008. Preference will be given to projects that include youth (age 11-18) working with an adult advisor or that include youth in all aspects of the project.

The Cape Youth Force students will convene to evaluate all proposals and make recommendations on funding to be presented to the Cape Cod Foundation Board of Directors; the average grant amount will be approximately $500.


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