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Summer 2021 Youth Development Fund

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Youth Development Fund Summer Grant.

This summer, the Youth Development Fund is awarding a total of $110,000 in grants to Boston youth-serving nonprofits. Our goal is to increase or scale up programs from June through August. The awards will vary in size. Applicants may request up to $10,000. 

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. 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.

Grant application

Have questions? Contact:

Fund partners:
  • Mayor Kim Janey
  • Office of Health and Human Services
  • Office of Public Safety

Grant details

Funding Priorities:

This funding will prioritize applicants that look to strengthen or expand existing summer violence prevention efforts. The focus is on young adults between the ages of 10 and 25, with the aim of ensuring a safe summer for all.

This funding will be awarded to support activities that fit into the City of Boston's framework of:

  • violence prevention
  • intervention
  • response and recovery, and
  • use a public health approach to combat these issues in the City. 
The following will be prioritized:

Applications from Boston entities to expand intentional outreach and engagement for:

  • specific youth and young adults that are high-risk or proven-risk, and
  • those who are underserved, like girls

Applications from nonprofits organizations in Boston neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by gun or youth violence

Applications from youth-serving, Boston nonprofits organizations with a proven track record of successfully implementing:

  • a positive youth development approach, and
  • meaningful youth engagement practices

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

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  

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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