Youth Philanthropy Board

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.

Last year, our three YPBs distributed $50,000 in grants to 19 nonprofit organizations. Since the YPB program began in 1999, more than 425 students have served as YPB members and have awarded more than $430,000 in grants. View previous grant recipients.

2021 Grant Applications Now Open!

  • The Kent County YPB will consider nonprofits that provide mental health and/or domestic violence services, with a preference for organizations that serve elderly, unhoused and/or uninsured community members.
  • The New Castle County YPB will consider nonprofits that are advancing racial equity by building opportunity for all with special consideration for organizations providing arts, education, athletics and extracurricular activities.
  • The Sussex County YPB will consider nonprofits that focus on addressing the social determinants of health, including but not limited to mental health, substance abuse, domestic abuse, homelessness and food insecurity. Preference will be given to organizations that support low-income families.

Grant requests must be submitted at by 5 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2021. Applicants will be notified in Spring 2021.

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.

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