What would you do with $5,000?

The Youth Grant Initiative teaches curious and passionate seventh and eighth graders about community leadership through hands on philanthropy and grant making. Program participants create positive change within the community by diving into the world of nonprofit giving and make a difference by awarding community grants.

The foundation believes youth have distinct and exceptional insights into the needs of other youth! This experience is designed to assist them to use their ideas to create positive change within the community at large.

The team, made up of 10 – 12 middle school students, awards $5,000 to nonprofit organizations that qualify and apply for the Multnomah Athletic Foundation Community Grant Program.

Team members will meet six times in the fall and meeting topics will include but are not limited to: leadership, understanding of a nonprofit organization, basics of community engagement, grant making process, review of applications and the value of relationships.

The Multnomah Athletic Foundation is looking for eager participants who demonstrate a passion for their community, have a strong connection to athletics and understand the importance of community outreach and compassion.

Participation is open to all seventh and eighth graders (as of September) in Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties. More information regarding the application process is below.

The Multnomah Athletic Foundation strives to recruit diverse members who vary in race, ethnic background, school, socio-economic level, personal interests and academic/physical abilities. By the end of the program, the YGI team will collectively make grant award and funding recommendations to the foundation’s Board of Directors.

“Thank you for allowing us to grant $5,000 to local nonprofit organizations.”

“I am excited about what AC Portland and the Boys and Girls Club will do with the money. I am very thankful to the board for accepting our recommendation. I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this program. I learned about a lot of good nonprofits who are trying to do something good in our community. Thank you.”

– Taylor, 2019 YGI cohort

Join informational webinar

  • YGI alumni and foundation committee members held a conversation last spring.
  • Watch and get a first hand insight into the program.

How to apply

  • Application has three questions and requires one recommendation form.
  • Use creativity in your responses – written essays, video or audio.
  • Deadline to apply is May 28, 2021, by 11:59 p.m. for the 2021 cohort.
  • Interviews will be held in early June 2021.

Open April 1, 2021

Open April 1, 2021