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2021 Youth Development Fund

The Fiscal Year 2021 RFP is now open. Applications are due by Monday, November 9, at 5 p.m.

We are pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for the Fiscal Year 2021 Youth Development Fund. 

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.

Apply for the fund

Have questions? Contact:

Fund partners:
  • Mayor Martin J. Walsh
  • Office of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Office of Public Safety
Information session

We held an information session about the Fund on October 27:

Watch the session

  • Passcode: $1aB6D*y

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.

Through this RFP, the Fund will award $925,000 to nonprofits across the City. No more than 25 nonprofits will be selected to receive funding and the awards will vary in size. Applicants may request up to $100,000. No matching funds are required.

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.
Task Due Date

Questions submitted to youthdevelopmentfund@boston.gov by 5 p.m.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Answers to questions posted by 5 p.m. on this website

Monday, October 26, 2020

Proposals due by 5 p.m. online

Monday, November 9, 2020

Review period 

November 10 - 20, 2020

Send out notifications to award recipients

Monday, November 23, 2020

Awardees orientation

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

70 percent of award funding released to recipients

December 2020

Winter convening

February 2021