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2017 BCYF summer grants now available for local agencies

April 19, 2017

The grants help local youth service agencies offer programs for Boston youth.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) have announced the release of the 2017 BCYF Summer Grants RFP. Applicants may apply for a 2017 BCYF Summer Grant of up to $4,000 to support fun, safe, enriching youth programming this summer. These grants will increase both the number and variety of programs serving youth and will ensure that youth across the City have access to activities and opportunities this summer.

“Thousands of Boston’s young people will have a great summer thanks to the agencies the BCYF Summer Grant supports,” said Mayor Walsh. ”I am pleased to be able to offer this grant to support the innovative and engaging programming provided by our non-profit partners during the summer months.”

The grants range from $2,000 to $4,000 and will support summer programs in Boston neighborhoods.  Ages to be served must range from 6-18 and may include young adults up to age 21.  Programs must operate between July 10 and August 31. Last year, over half of the 79 programs that were awarded funding had a sports, recreation, fitness or health-related focus, while others were art-based, educational or community and civic engagement opportunities.

“I can’t wait to review the applications we will receive from all areas of the City,” said William Morales, Commissioner of BCYF.  “Even though BCYF offers hundreds of summer programs, we rely on our non-profit partners to join us in keeping Boston’s youth happy, healthy and safe during the summer.”

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Monday, May 1. For more information including the RFP, please visit Boston.Gov/BCYF.

About Boston Centers for Youth and Families

Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) is the City of Boston’s largest youth and human service agency. BCYF operates 36 community centers in Boston that offer a variety of engaging and enriching programs for people of all ages created through community input and need. BCYF also oversees many citywide programs including the nationally-recognized violence intervention and prevention Streetworker Program and SuccessLink, Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program.

2017 BCYF summer grants