The Delaware Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Boards (YPBs), one in each of Delaware’s three counties, are composed of students from public, independent and diocesan high schools throughout the state.
Every year, each YPB makes grant recommendations to support impactful projects in their communities. Together, they develop a focus area, solicit and evaluate proposals, conduct site visits and award grants.
In 2022, our three YPBs distributed $55,000 in grants to 19 nonprofit organizations. Since the YPB program began in 1999, more than 470 students have served as YPB members and have awarded nearly $550,000 in grants. View previous grant recipients.
Each YPB selects a different focus area. Focus areas for 2023 grants are:
- The Kent County YPB will support nonprofits that provide assistance for physical wellbeing (food insecurity, homelessness, etc.) and mental health services that address self-harm (cutting, substance/alcohol abuse, suicide prevention, etc.).
- The New Castle County YPB will support nonprofits that promote the physical and mental health of youth including, but not limited to, those that improve nutrition, food security, positive body image, negative impacts of social media, decrease substance use and youth violence.
- The Sussex County YPB will support nonprofits that focus on the physical and mental health of youth including, but not limited to, those that improve nutrition, food security, positive body image, negative impacts of social media, decrease substance use and youth violence.
The Youth Philanthropy Boards need your support!
To sponsor the students in one county or statewide, please contact Yolanda Rushdan, Program Associate, 302.504.5239.
Information on 2023 YPB Grants will be announced soon.
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