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Mayor Walsh announces 2016 BCYF Summer Grants for local agencies

April 13, 2016

The grants will support summer programming for youth. 

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) have announced the release of the 2016 BCYF Summer Grants RFP. Applicants may apply for a 2016 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.

“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,” said Mayor Walsh. “Thousands of Boston’s young people will have a great summer thanks to the agencies the BCYF Summer Grant supports.”

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 5 and August 31. Last year, over half of the 63 programs that were awarded funding had a sports, recreation, fitness or health-related focus, 20% of the programs were art-based and the rest offered educational or community and civic engagement opportunities.

“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,” said William Morales, Commissioner of BCYF.  “I can’t wait to review the applications we will receive from all areas of the City.”

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 28. For more information including the RFP, please visit Boston.Gov/BCYF.