Grant Opportunities

Making you aware of available grant opportunities is a fundamental part of how the Alliance supports the YMCA programs that strengthen communities statewide. Through these funding sources, you are able to focus on the programs that nurture our youth, improve health and well-being, and offer opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) 

Funding Scope:
If your YMCA seeks to create new economic opportunities in your community and improve quality of life for low-income individuals and families, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and National Center of Excellence (COE) for Human Capacity Community Transformation can help.

Click here for grant details and how to apply

Deadline: June 7, 2019

Free Books from First Book

Scope: Get more books into the hands of your students! Through May 15, First Book seeks applications for the OMG Books Awards: Offering More Great Books to Spark Innovation program.

Awardees will be able to select the books and eBooks that will help them best meet the needs of the children they serve through the First Book Marketplace. Then OMG Books will provide 1.5 million new books for distribution to children living in low-income communities.

Click here for more information and how to apply

Deadline: May 15 and August 15, 2019 – Deadlines vary by state.

Ameriprise Financial Grants 

Funding Scope: Does your Y provide meals and snacks to children enrolled in your programs? Rely on help from volunteers? Offer arts education or access for underserved populations? Ameriprise Financial is offering grants that can help you fund your work!

Ameriprise Financial provides support in the following areas:

  • Meeting basic needs — Helping people find their next meal, a place to sleep, or a job that provides a livable wage.
  • Supporting community vitality — Revitalizing housing and neighborhoods, and enhancing cultural awareness.
  • Volunteer-driven causes — Extending the impact of Ameriprise volunteer teams.

Click here for more information and how to apply

Deadline: May 15, 2019

Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative 

Funding Scope: The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is seeking applications for funding under the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative

Specifically created in response to the opioid crisis, the program furthers the Department’s mission by supporting mentoring programs to reduce juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, victimization, and problem and high-risk behaviors such as truancy.

Eligible programs are broken down into five categories:

  • Category 1: National Mentoring Programs
  • Category 2: Multistate Mentoring Programs
  • Category 3: Mentoring Programs for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System
  • Category 4: Mentoring Strategies for Youth Impacted by Opioids (Project Sites)
  • Category 5: Statewide and Regional Mentoring Initiative for Youth Impacted by Opioids

Click here for more information and how to apply 

Deadline: April 22, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET