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Youth Engaged in Philanthropy Grants

YEP Grants

Through the Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) Grants program, the Community Foundation supports organizations and projects that improve the quality of life for youth in DeKalb County. Projects considered for funding must be dedicated to the community, directly involve youth, and promote youth empowerment and leadership.

As a youth led program of the DeKalb County Community Foundation, Youth Engaged in Philanthropy provides opportunities for youth from all across DeKalb County. Members attend monthly youth led meetings to build leadership skills, learn about nonprofits in DeKalb County, and become life-long philanthropists. Each year, the pinnacle of YEP is the grant allocation meeting in April. During this meeting, members are responsible for allocating approximately $10,000 to youth serving nonprofits in DeKalb County. Once recommendations have been made, the decisions are presented to the DeKalb County Community Foundation Board of Directors for final approval.

Applying for a Grant

Applications for YEP Grants are due each year on February 1. Applicants may request a maximum of $2,500 and are required to present their proposal to the YEP committee through a site visit or presentation. Nonprofits with youth initiatives in DeKalb County are encouraged to apply. Grant guidelines should be reviewed prior to applying online. For more information or to inquire about an application, please contact Program Director Anita Zurbrugg at 815.748.5383 or anita@dekalbccf.org.

Past YEP Grants Awarded

  • 2017 YEP Grants - $11,588 in YEP Grants Benefit Youth Programs and Organizations in DeKalb County
  • 2016 YEP Grants - $11,370 in YEP Grants Benefit Youth Programs and Organizations in DeKalb County

2016/2017 YEP Year in Review