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Thank you for your interest in the Mayor's Office of Health and Human Services Youth Development Fund. 

Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 Youth Development Fund (YDF) Fall Grant. This fiscal year a total of $1,250,000 will be awarded to Boston nonprofit organizations providing positive violence intervention, prevention, and response services throughout the city. YDF will award a total of $1,100,000 in Fall Grants through this application process and at least $150,000 in Summer Grants.

YDF will prioritize the following applicants:

Youth development programs with an intentional focus on violence prevention, intervention, or response. This fund aims to increase the number and variety of youth development programs intentionally contributing to metrics that prevent youth and young adult violence in Boston neighborhoods. The focus of these funds is nonprofit organizations that serve Boston youth and young adults, ages 10-25.

The Youth Development Fund will support activities focused on direct services, programs and policies intended to prevent youth and young adult violence in the community. Programs implementing evidence-based prevention strategies intended to shape individual behaviors as well as relationship, community, and societal factors that influence risk and protective factors for violence will be prioritized. Examples of evidence-based Youth Violence Prevention strategies include but are not limited to:

  •  Strengthen youth and young adults developmental skills
  •  Connect youth to caring adults and a safe space during out of school time
  •  Create protective community environments
  • Intervene to lessen harms and prevent future risk

The Youth Development Fund is a yearly competitive grant. The maximum grant award is $60,000. Awards will vary in size. Entities must have partial program funding secured to be considered for funding; requests for 100% costs will not be considered.  YDF may award full funding, partial funding or no funding.

Non-profit youth-serving organizations and those using eligible fiscal agents are invited to apply for an award. Please read the eligibility and program requirements carefully as the grant design, priorities and applicant eligibility of the Youth Development Fund have been significantly modified from previous years. As always, the City of Boston will make an effort to be deliberate and intentional with giving in the Boston community, and will look closely at which programs align with the unique needs of each neighborhood.

This funding will prioritize all of the following:

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

Applicant Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants or designated fiscal agents must be a non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.
  • Fiscal agents may only serve as a fiscal agent for one Fall 2022 Youth Development Fund  application.
  • Applicants may apply for programs that run on an ongoing basis through the summer. Funding will NOT be available for one-time events.
  • Programs and services must serve Boston youth and/or young adults.
  • Programs must be free or low cost for participants.

YDF Award Recipient Requirements

If selected, the following will be required to remain in compliance:

  • Applicants or programs must be currently in operation or starting no later than October 1st, 2021. New programs will be considered on the basis of 50% budgeted funds. Meaning, if the program is reliant on this funding to operate, it will not be eligible.
  • Award recipients will be required to attend a virtual Mandatory Award Orientation TBA.
  • Award recipients must be willing to comply with program site visits from HHS and OPS representatives, when possible.
  • Award recipients must submit a financial and programmatic report no later than Thursday, June 30th 2022 5PM. The report format will be provided by the Mayor’s Office of Health & Human Services.

The application has multiple sections:

  • Part I Eligibility and Organizational Information- Important funding details are included here.
  • Part II Organization Information and Program Description- When answering the program and focus area questions, be specific and detailed.
  • Part III Success Criteria and Measurable Impact- In this section, include any evaluation tools and metrics used to measure progress towards goals.
  • Part IV Funding Sources & Budget- In addition to a budget narrative, a detailed program budget with itemized expenses is required. This will need to be uploaded to the application.

Only applications from eligible entities that are COMPLETED and submitted here by the deadline of Friday, September 24th at 4 PM (local Boston) will be considered for funding.

Responses to questions will be available by Monday September 13th, 5PM. Please submit questions to