Youth councils, non-profit or private organizations and local governments with ideas for innovative programs for North Carolina teens will soon be able to apply for grants up to $500 through the annual State Youth Council’s Mini Grant program.
Beginning today, the North Carolina Department of Administration’s Council for Women & Youth Involvement will accept applications from organizations that build character and leadership skills among the state’s youth through peer-to-peer community projects.
“Over the years, the mini grant program has been instrumental in funding more than 100 community projects across the state, engaging North Carolina youth in public service,” said NC Department of Administration Secretary Pamela B. Cashwell. “What better way to instill leadership skills among our youth than creating opportunities where they can serve others.”
The Mini Grant program is open to North Carolina organizations interested in developing or enhancing existing youth projects, specifically targeting high school students grades 9 – 12. Individual grants range from $100 to $500. The State Youth Council will award a total of $6,292 this fall to groups with projects that encourage peer-to-peer community engagement, or sharpen student project development, management, and communication skills.
Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13 to be considered. State Youth Councils and the Youth Advisory Council will evaluate applications this fall before grants are awarded.
Examples of previous projects include a food allergy awareness campaign, mental health care package initiative, and a community hunger relief program. Food, entertainment, travel, and salaries do not qualify for grant funding.
For more information on the Mini Grant program and to apply, visit the Council for Women & Youth Involvement website.