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2024 Youth Development Fund (YDF)

The City of Boston's Office of Human Services is happy to announce our 2024 Youth Development Fund Grantees. We allocated $1.5 million to support violence prevention programs and activities for young people ages 10-24 across Boston. This year, we are looking to support organizations through three grants with the goal of helping to support both larger organizations and build capacity for smaller organizations:

Emerging Leader Grants

The Emerging Leader Grant will support organizations that have an annual operating budget of $75,000 or less  and all awards will come with technical assistance and capacity building to help smaller organizations develop the skills needed to grow the program. These grantees will also be partnered with a mentor organization that can provide coaching in non-profit leadership. 

Uplift Grants

The Uplift Grants will be given to medium-size youth serving organizations - those with budgets between $76,000 and $200,000. Grants in this category will be a maximum of $20,000. Uplift grant recipients will be invited to join the Emerging Leader grantees in professional development training opportunities. 

Sustaining Grants

Sustaining Grants  will be given to larger youth serving nonprofits with a proven track record of success in delivering high quality youth development programs. Grantees in this category will receive up to $30,000 and will be asked to participate as mentors for the Emerging Leader track recipients.   

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on October 6th, 2023

Are you ready to make an impact? 

apply here 

About Human Services

The Mayor’s Office of Human Services (OHS) cabinet oversees 6 departments and offices that are all striving to create a healthier Boston. The mission of the Human Services Cabinet is to provide equitable access to high quality services, resources, and opportunities so that every Boston resident - especially those with the greatest needs - has what they need to thrive. In pursuit of this mission, the department in the Human Services Cabinet meet residents where they are - in their homes, neighborhoods, and communities - to break down barriers to critical resources.

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 are excited to be able to continue to support many of our non-profit partners in the work of building community, and providing high-quality, safe and engaging activities for youth and young adults in Boston. This robust network of programs meets youth where they are and is a key part of our violence prevention strategy"

— José F. Massó, Chief of Human Services

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