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2022 Youth Development Fund

We're now accepting applications for the 2022 Youth Development Fund (YDF) fall grant.

A total of $1,250,000 will be awarded to Boston nonprofits providing positive violence intervention, prevention, and response services throughout the City. The YDF will award a total of:

  • $1,100,000 in fall grants through this application process, and
  • at least $150,000 in summer grants.

The maximum grant award is $60,000. Awards will vary in size.

Nonprofit, youth-serving organizations and those using eligible fiscal agents are invited to apply. Please read the eligibility and program requirements carefully. The grant's design, priorities, and eligibility have been significantly modified from previous years. As always, the City will make an effort to be deliberate and intentional when awarding these grants. We will look closely at which programs align with the unique needs of the community.

Applications are now open. Responses are due by Friday, September 24, at 4 p.m. We will send notifications to award recipients in October.

Grant application

Grant details

Funding Priorities:

We're prioritizing applicants providing positive violence:

  • intervention
  • prevention, and
  • response services throughout the City.

The focus is on young adults between the ages of 10 and 25. Our goal is to increase the number and variety of youth development programs. These programs should contribute to metrics that prevent youth and young adult violence.

The fund will prioritize the following types of organizations: 

  • Boston-based nonprofits in neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by gun or youth violence
  • Youth-serving groups with a focus on outreach and engagement of high-risk and proven-risk youth and young adults, or other specified underserved youth population
  • Organizations using the Positive Youth Development framework or Meaningful Youth Engagement practices, or both

We're also concentrating on supporting activities that put in place evidence-based prevention strategies. These strategies should shape individual behaviors and relationship, community, and societal factors that influence the risk for violence. Examples of evidence-based Youth Violence Prevention strategies include but are not limited to:

  • strengthening youth and young adults’ developmental skills 
  • connecting youth to caring adults and a safe space when not in school 
  • creating protective community environments, and
  • intervening to lessen harms and prevent future risk.

Grant application

Violence Prevention Framework

About the framework

The City of Boston’s framework focuses on:

  • addressing violence through the public health lens of prevention, intervention, and response
  • tackling the social determinants of violence 
  • using data, research, and evidence-based strategies, and
  • ensuring a full continuum of services and programs are available to all youth and young adults. 

All the while, we're constantly striving to improve and enhance communication and coordination:

  • across departments, and
  • with our external community partners. 
Prevention - Efforts focused on direct:
  • activities
  • programs, and
  • policies intended to prevent violence
Intervention - Strategies designed to:
  • produce behavior change, or
  • improve specific outcomes for targeted populations or communities
Response - Approach to:
  • mitigate impact of violence in the community, and
  • respond to immediate needs associated with it
Recovery - Ongoing and longer term work to support:
  • individuals
  • neighborhoods, and
  • the community as a whole to rebuild after violence occurs

Fiscal Year 2021 grantees

Fiscal Year 2021 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  
  • All Dorchester Sports and Leadership  
  • The Boston Project Ministries
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc.  
  • Cape Verdean Community Unido DBA Cape Verdean Association of Boston 
  • Caribbean Youth Club, Inc.
  • Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston, Inc.
  • College Bound Dorchester
  • Friends of St. Stephen's Youth Programs 
  • Level Ground Mixed Martial Arts
  • Partners for Youth with Disabilities
  • The City School
  • The One Love Foundation in honor of Yeardley Love
  • Third Sector New England/MissionWorks (on behalf of Center to Support Immigrant Organizing)
  • We Are Better Together - Youth Empowerment Project

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

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