Our Grants

innovation grants

RMYF Innovation Grants support young organizations develop, test and, hopefully, eventually prove the effectiveness of untested, uncommon and otherwise unconventional services to help underprivileged youth reach their full potential.

These grants range from $5,000 to $20,000.

Are they for you?

Start with the pre-application - due by the spring deadline on the home page. From those submitted, we will INVITE around 25 to complete the full application by late summer and expect to fund between 5-8.

advancement grants

Advancement grants are by invitation only and are limited to current and former RMYF grant recipients that have demonstrated that their innovative services effectively help youth reach their full potential and are sustainable. If you are a prior year grantee and have further questions contact your board liaison or RMYF directly. Applications are due late summer with monies awarded in January.

These grants range from $5,000 to $20,000.

innovation grant timeline

  1. Spring: Pre-application deadline
  2. Late June: Pre-application results announced
  3. Late Summer: Full-application deadline
  4. Fall: Grant results announced
  5. January: Grant money awarded
  6. June 15: Interim report due
  7. June 15 (one year later): Final report due

preview our application questions

If your zip code falls within our geographic locations AND your organization budget is less than $1 million you can submit a Pre-Application.

Pre-application questions for the Innovation Grant

  1. Please describe your organization's structure, mission, and its services to youth. Limit your response to 200 words or less.
  2. Explain what makes your program innovative - describe the innovative components/approaches/strategies of the program/service for which you seek funding, where the innovative concepts originate, and what makes them innovative. Limit your response to 200 words or less.
  3. Explain what you would do with RMYF funding and how this would meet RMYF's intent of helping disadvantaged youth reach their full potential by means of innovative services. Limit your response to 200 words or less.
  4. Have you applied before?
  5. Number of youth served by this proposed program annually?

The full Innovation Grant application is by invitation only after being selected through the Pre-Application process. Download the full Innovation Grant Application Questions.

The full Advancement Grant application is by invitation only. Download the full Advancement Grant Application Questions.