Youth Philanthropy Council Grants

The Youth Philanthropy Council (YPC) project is designed to encourage youth to give and serve in their communities and to make philanthropy a habit for future generations.

Annually, the YPC awards grants to nonprofits who focus on youth related activities and with programs or projects that benefit the youth of Clark and Floyd counties.

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. Nonprofits can apply for up to $1,000.

Final Report Required

Organizations that received grants last year and wish to apply must first have submitted final reports in accordance with their grant agreement to be eligible for additional funds. The final report deadline is in March each year.

Example of Previous Grant Recipients and Their Projects:

Clark County Youth Shelter and Family Services received a grant for enrichment activities. Daily enrichment activities included in their program are trips to various museums and local facilities in an effort to promote growth and learning.

Jeffersonville High School received a grant for the Friends of Rachel Club. This club is devoted to diminishing bullying in school, encourage kindness, and demonstrate safe and healthy ways to deal with bullying when it becomes an issue.

Hope Southern Indiana received a grant for Pack the Bus. This project provides backpacks filled with school supplies to low income families with children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Open Door Youth Services received a grant for the Esteem Makeover program. Esteem Makeover is a 5 week program for at-risk young girls that encourages and promotes positive self esteem and body image.

Rock Creek Community Academy received a grant for its National Honor Society Lion Cub Reading Club. The grant will support a reading mentor program where high school students will regularly read with younger students in grades K-5, ultimately helping to build stronger vocabulary and language development.

Borden High School received a grant for Borden Elves, a program that provides supplies to create handmade toys for the needy at Christmas, which are then donated to the Salvation Army each year.

YMCA of Southern Indiana received a grant for Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA) that will construct a global village building for the annual KUNA General Assembly in spring 2015.

Miles for Merry Miracles received a grant to improve and expand their program. Their program encourages youth to form leadership skills, work abilities, and learn the gift of giving through youth-led service projects that help families in need during the holiday season.

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