Youth Philanthropy Project


Make your voice heard. Make a difference.
Be inspired. Be inspiring.


The Youth Philanthropy Project (YPP), a partnership between HandsOn Greater Richmond and The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, provides an intensive opportunity for area high-school aged youth to engage. Through service, leadership and grant-making, youth have a voice and a realized responsibility to contribute and lead others in service.

YPP is based on the belief that everyone, regardless of age, has an innate desire and ability to give, to participate, to learn, and to create the world they want to see. Youth in our area are motivated and poised for action and are calling on us to help them channel their energy, skills and knowledge into meaningful service.

Area youth are selected via application in late summer and meet monthly, October through June, to engage in leadership studies, service activity planning and implementation, and grant-making activities to award $15,000 to youth-led community service projects in the Greater Richmond area.

For Groups Interested in Applying for a YPP Grant:
Proposals will be accepted from any youth-led service initiative in the Greater Richmond region in need of funding to develop or expand a community service project designed to benefit others.

Funding priorities include:

• Creating Safe Neighborhoods
Supporting a community where neighbors share an interest in protecting their communities and providing residents with the tools to identify and address their assets and needs
• Strengthening Families
Encouraging families to build stronger, healthier, and more productive environments for themselves, their community and their children
• Achieving Academic Success
Supporting programs that promote literacy, improve test scores, increase school attendance, and encourage parental involvement.

Applicants may include, but are not limited to, nonprofits, church youth groups, school clubs or volunteer organizations.

To be considered, projects must involve youth in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the proposed program and organization must have a completed Give Richmond portrait.

For 2017, YPP will grant between $500 and $2,500.

All proposals will be submitted through The Community Foundation's online grants management system. Deadline: February 28, 2017.

Submit a Grant Proposal

2017 funding timeline:
January 2017: RFP is posted online
February 2017:  Proposals due
March-April 2017: Steering Committee Site Visits
June 2017: TCF Board of Directors Meeting: YPP Funding Recommendations Made
July 2017: YPP Funding Available

Applications for students are now closed.

2016-2017 YPP Participant Schedule:
10/8/16    9AM- 4PM
10/15/16  9AM- 1PM
11/12/16  9AM- 12PM
12/10/16  9AM- 12PM
1/7/17      9AM- 12PM
1/16/17    9AM- 12PM
2/4/17      9AM- 12PM
3/4/17      9AM- 12PM
4/1/17      9AM- 12PM
4/22/17    9AM- 4PM
5/13/17    9AM- 12PM
6/10/17    9AM- 12PM

2016 YPP FAQ

Questions? Contact Betsy Seymour, YPP Coordinator, at