Youth Philanthropy Council Accepting Grant Proposals for 2020 Grant Cycle

Nonprofits with programs and projects that benefit youth in Clark and Floyd counties can apply for funding through the Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Council Grants Program beginning January 1, 2020.

Each year, the Youth Philanthropy Council, a program of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, accepts grant applications from nonprofits in Clark and Floyd counties. Nonprofits can apply for up to $1,000. The deadline for applications is 12:00 p.m., January 31, 2020.

Crystal Gunther, director of community philanthropy for the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana said, “This is an excellent opportunity for nonprofit organizations to make a greater impact in our community by applying for grants to support their youth related programs and projects.”

Projects should meet one of the following objectives specific to youth: promote healthy development and a safe environment, provide opportunities to benefit the community, develop the skills of young people or develop positive relationships between youth and adults. While not required, there is a preference for organizations that involve youth in the planning and implementation of the program or project. Applications are available through the Community Foundation’s website,, by clicking on Youth Philanthropy Council Grants.

Organizations which have previously received funding from the Youth Philanthropy Council, should expend all of their previous funds and complete their final report before applying for another grant.

The Youth Philanthropy Council is comprised of 17 high school students from seven different high schools in Clark and Floyd counties and is designed to encourage youth to give and serve in their communities and make philanthropy a habit for future generations. The youth work with adult volunteers and learn about servant leadership, volunteerism, and the important role philanthropy plays in our community. The council members will review the nonprofit grant applications submitted in January and make award decisions in late spring. To date, the YPC has made grants totaling more than $130,000.

For more information on the Youth Philanthropy Council, call Crystal Gunther, director of community philanthropy for the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana at (812) 948-4662 or visit

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