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2021 Youth Development Fund

The Fiscal Year 2021 Request for Proposals (RFP) for school-year funding is now closed. The summer 2021 RFP will be announced this spring. 

Nonprofit, youth-serving organizations and those using eligible fiscal agents are invited to apply for an award. Please read the eligibility and program requirements carefully. We have modified the grant design, priorities, and applicant eligibility from past years.

Have questions? Contact:

Fund partners:
  • Mayor Martin J. Walsh
  • Office of Health and Human Services
  • Office of Public Safety

School-year grantees

School-year grantees
  • Action for Boston Community Development, Inc.  
  • Artists For Humanity
  • Boston Asian Youth Essential Service   
  • Boston Medical Center Corporation 
  • Boston Showstoppers Girls Academic and Athletic Program  
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Inc.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester, Inc.
  • Chica, Inc.     
  • Codman Square Health Center
  • College Bound  
  • East Boston Ecumenical Community Council 
  • Elevate Boston/ Teach 1 Youth Development Collaborative    
  • Fathers' Uplift, Inc.
  • Foundation for Boston Centers for Youth & Families 
  • Immigrant Family Services Institute (IFSI)   
  • Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA)
  • More Than Words
  • My Brother's Keeper617
  •  Phoenix Multisport, dba The Phoenix  
  • Justice Resource Institute, Inc. dba STRIVE Boston    
  • RFK Children's Action Corps, Inc.
  • Roca
  • Soccer Without Borders
  • Sociedad Latina, Inc.
  • Somali Development Center 
  • Sportsmen's Tennis & Enrichment Center
  •  The Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc.  
  • The Clubhouse Network      
  • Uphams Corner Community Center DBA Bird Street Community Center  
  • Violence In Boston 
  • YMCA of Greater Boston 
  • YWCA Boston 
  • West End House Boys and Girls Club  

Grant details

About the fund

This year, Mayor Walsh increased the Youth Development Fund by 100 percent. A total of $1,000,000 has been allocated to support the priorities identified by:

  • committed community partners
  • key stakeholders, and
  • dedicated City of Boston staff working with youth and young adults.

In this funding cycle, the Fund awarded a total of $885,000 to 34 nonprofit and community-based organizations across the City.

Funding priorities

The Youth Development Fund will focus on two funding priorities:

  1. Violence prevention
    Youth Development programs with an intentional focus on violence prevention.
  2. Continuum support
    Youth and young adult programs that fill current needs in violence prevention, intervention, or response services, as identified by the City of Boston.

About Health and Human Services

The Mayor’s Office of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the largest cabinet in the City. Our cabinet oversees 10 departments and offices that are all striving to create a healthier Boston. We're committed to promoting and ensuring the health and well-being of the City’s most vulnerable residents. We provide a wide array of critical programs and services. We also advocate for systemic change to tackle root causes of some of our most pressing challenges in the City.

We want to centralize youth violence prevention services and strategies. For that reason, the City transitioned the Youth Development Fund to HHS. Our goal is to strengthen the City’s collaboration among nonprofits and City departments. We're working to increase youth engagement and development, as well as violence prevention.

"As the City continues to respond to the impacts of COVID-19, part of our work to keep residents safe and healthy must include ensuring the continuity of youth engagement and violence prevention programming."

— Marty Martinez, Chief of Health and Human Services